Wearing contact lenses for the first time can be an intimidating experience. However, it doesn’t have to be scary every single time. Below are some tips for those first-time contact users that may be a bit hesitant to put their lenses in for the first time.
Tip #1: Take a Deep Breathe
A lot of contact users get very nervous before putting their contacts in and try to rush to get it over with. However, trying to get it over with can end up leading to issues. Be sure to take a deep breath and focus. Your doctor has given you the proper instruction on your lenses, so be confident in yourself.
Tip #2: Stick to Proper Wear & Replace
Be sure to listen to your doctor about the amount of time you should be wearing your lenses. Like most things, it will be specific for your lenses. It’s extremely important to never sleep in your lenses, unless your doctor has told you this is OK – this will be the case if they’ve prescribed you with a continuous wear lens. Replace your lenses once they have reached expiration and your eyes will thank you.
Tip #3: Keep Your Lenses Clean
It’s important to keep your contact lenses clean and to follow the exact cleaning regimen your doctor goes over with you during your appointment. Skipping any steps, or trying to use solutions not made for your specific contacts, can negatively impact your lenses and lead to irritation in your eyes.
Tip #4: Listen to Your Doctor
Always be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for your contact lenses. It is important to do exactly what they tell you in regards to routine cleaning and wear to ensure you are keeping your eyes healthy. Each contact lens brand will be a bit different, so listening to the instructions for your specific brand is important.
We hope that these tips help you with your contact lens use. Once you’ve been wearing your contact lenses for a couple weeks, you will become a pro at this! Be sure to contact our office if you have any issues or further questions regarding your lenses or your eyes in general.