Tips for New Contact Lens Wearers

At ModernEyes Optometrists we offer a wide variety of contact lenses to suit your lifestyle.  If you’re new to wearing contacts, it can be a little tricky so here are a few tips to help you get comfortable with putting in and taking out your contacts.

Putting contact lenses in may seem a bit daunting, but you’ll soon get the hang of it. These tips will help make it easier:

  • Don’t be scared to touch your eyes, but always make sure your hands are clean
  • Create a habit of always put the first lens into the same eye. If you always start on the right you won’t get confused.
  • If you are struggling to put your contacts in, ask a friend who wears them to demonstrate. Sometimes, seeing how someone else does it makes it easier to understand.
  • Make sure your contact lenses are clean. If you are using dailies they should come out of the packet and into your eyes, and if you are opting for a longer wear pair make sure that the solution has cleaned them properly.

Once the lens you might feel some discomfort.  If this is the case you might need to take them out and put them back in.  Remember to check the following:

  • The lens is clean
  • That you have put it in the right way round.
  • That an eyelash hasn’t got caught behind the lens.
  • The lens is not damaged.

Wearing contacts may take some time to get used to and if your eyes are feeling a bit dry, you can:

  • Use rewetting drops to keep your eyes moist
  • Drink lots of water to ensure you are hydrated.
  • Blink often to maintain the layer of moisture that occurs naturally in your eyes.
  • Opt for contact lenses that are designed to keep your eyes well lubricated.

When you wear contacts there are a few good habits you can acquire:

  • Always wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap and dry them with a lint-free towel before putting in or taking out your contacts
  • Don’t rub your eyes.
  • Clean, disinfect and store your contacts properly.
  • Do not wear lenses for longer than your optometrist advises you to.
  • Do not sleep in lenses unless you have been instructed that you can.
  • Have an eye test annually to ensure that your lens prescription has not changed.

Make an appointment at ModernEyes and allow us to help you select the right contact lens for your lifestyle.