3 Tips If You Are Wearing Contact Lenses For The First Time
Congratulations on getting your very first pair of contact lenses! The first few days, you’ll probably just marvel at the small visual details, the comfort and ease of wear which you never witnessed before with spectacles.
Wearing contact lenses can be very exciting, but just as it is with anything new, we understand that you might be a bit scared of how to use and care for your lenses. After all, contact lenses are visual aids, and your eyes are one of your most valued organs.
As such, it’s essential to make good choices so that you stay comfortable, happy, safe, and healthy. To help you master wearing contact lenses for the first time, we have noted three tips that can help you find success with contact lenses.
Stay Calm and Relaxed
Many people worry that they might scratch their eyes while trying to put their contact lenses in. Many also believe the myth that contact lenses can get stuck behind the eyes. Well, it isn’t true.
You need to relax about the wear and care of contact lenses. You might be nervous about inserting and removing your contact lenses at first, but you need not worry about touching your eyes in the process as long as your hands are properly washed and clean. Plus, your eye should be wide open so that the lens sits inside the eye easily.
Over a few weeks, you will become absolutely comfortable with inserting, removing, and wearing your contact lenses. It might take a little time and getting used to for inserting and seeing the world wearing contact lenses1. Know that you don’t need to worry about wearing contact lenses as long as you follow your optometrist’s recommendations.
Remember To Keep Your Contacts Clean
There’s no shortcut concerning the maintenance and care for contact lenses. Don’t neglect the importance of cleaning your lenses. Your optometrist must have given you instructions specific to the type of contact lenses care regime best suited for you.
For example, if you are instructed to use a multipurpose solution, you must rub and rinse them thoroughly before placing them in the storage case with the fresh solution whenever you use and remove your contacts. Don’t ever make a habit of just topping off fresh-new solution over the old solution that’s already in the storage case as it may lead to eye irritations and infections.
2Safely handling and storing your contact lenses is not really a tedious task. It’s pretty simple as every time you put your lenses on, you simply need to empty out the case, rinse it with some new solution, then just leave it uncapped upside-down on a clean tissue or towel to air dry. Once it has dried, cap the storage case and keep it somewhere clean.
If the cleaning regime sounds like too much of a bother to you, ask your optometrist about daily disposable contact lenses, such as Bausch+Lomb’s iConnect Daily Disposable and New Biotrue ONEday Daily Disposable Contact Lenses. Biotrue ONEday Daily Disposable Contact Lenses are designed and built with advanced technology offering comfortable wear throughout the day and provides features such as moisture retainability to prevent dry eyes arising due to extended use of digital devices.
Bausch+Lomb’s range of iConnect Daily Disposable contact lenses also comes in the modality of monthly disposable contact lenses pack. Ideal for first-time contact lens wearers, iConnect offers both functionality and affordability.
But what’s great about such daily disposables is that you can throw out such types of contact lenses every night and exchange them for a fresh new pair each morning, thus completely eliminating all your cleaning, care, and storage concerns.
Follow Your Lens Wear and Replacement Schedule
Many individuals think it is all right to get one added day out of their daily disposable contact lenses or squeeze an extra week out of their monthly contacts. But wearing contact lenses past their advised usage period can have side effects, eye complications, and cause infections. Don’t make your own rules.
Different types of contact lenses are made for various purposes, but they do have an expiration date. Moreover, if you are not using contact lenses that are prescribed explicitly as continuous/extended wear lenses, you should never sleep wearing your contact lenses.
When you overuse your contact lenses beyond the recommended period, it causes protein or lipid build-up on your contact lenses. The protein build-up may give rise to severe, sensitive reactions and reduce the contact lenses’ oxygen permeability levels. Cornea, the transparent central part of your eyes, requires a healthy amount of oxygen, and if it does not get enough amount of oxygen, it can possibly lead to corneal swelling 3. Moreover, overwearing your contact lenses may lead to infections and other visual complications 3.
Diligently following your optometrist’s recommendations and instructions about handling and wearing contact lenses ensures that you face no difficulty or complications. For the benefits that wearing contact lenses bring to your life, putting a little effort into practicing the right habits seems totally worth it!
Note: When wearing contact lenses, only use the products that are prescribed or recommended by your eye care specialist. Remember to go for regular eye examinations, and whatever follow-up schedule your optometrist sets, stick to it.
Decide What’s Right For You With Bausch+Lomb
Practicing and learning how to do anything new takes a little time. The same is the case with wearing contact lenses for the first time. In fact, it may take you about a week to adapt to your new life while wearing contact lenses.
If you have recently started wearing contact lenses, remember these tips and get your eyes examined regularly. Start your journey towards a clearer vision and healthier eyes with Bausch+Lomb today. We offer different types of contact lenses, specifically designed for various conditions such as Astigmatism, Presbyopia, Near, and Far Sightedness. Consult with your optometrist and see better with Bausch+Lomb Now!
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