What you should know about wearing contact lenses

Contact lenses have become a popular alternative to traditional eyeglasses, offering users greater freedom and convenience. If you’re considering wearing contact lenses, there are a few things you should know to ensure a comfortable and safe experience.

Nobody should be taking any risks when it comes to their eyes, so it is important to make an informed decision about whether to make the change from glasses to contact lenses. You should always monitor your eye health and check for signs or infection or chalazion – for example, a bump in the corner of an eye – as this becomes all the more important when you start using lenses.

What you should know about wearing contact lenses

These important tips will help you make smart choices and be safe with your new contacts

Come to your appointment prepared

Come to your appointment prepared with your current glasses and try not to wear make up for your visit, especially eye makeup. They will do a general exam and ask questions about your lifestyle.

They will provide you with lenses and teach you how to put them in and take them out, you will then have to hang around for a while to make sure you are comfortable with them.

This is the perfect opportunity to ask them any questions about how to care for the type of contacts that they have recommended for you.

What types of contact lenses are available?

Soft contacts and rigid gas permeable contacts. Soft contacts are extremely thin and comfortable to wear. They are made mostly of water.

Soft contacts are divided into four types: spherical (regular) contacts lenses, contacts for astigmatism, contacts for presbyopia, and color (cosmetic) contacts.

Rigid gas permeable contacts are made of hard plastic, and they give crisp, clear vision. They are more durable and last much longer than soft contact lenses. 

Hybrid lenses combine features of both soft and rigid lenses.

How do I choose the right type of contact lenses?

The type of contact lenses you choose will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Your eye doctor can help you determine which type of lenses is best for you based on factors like your prescription, lifestyle, and budget.

Keep your lens case in good condition.

Every day you should rinse out your case with hot water, then rinse it with a contact solution and let it air dry – do not just top it off with more solution. Your case should be replaced at least every three months.

Do not let your contact lens get wet.

It is essential that you take your lenses out when showering or bathing or swimming. A harmful organism called Acanthamoeba, that can be found in a lot of different water supplies, can bind to the lens and subsequently penetrate the cornea. This can severely damage your cornea.

Do not panic if you can not get your lenses out.

If you start to panic, then you could end up doing more harm! If you are in trouble you should seek help from an eye doctor who will be able to get it out for you.

How do I get a contact lens prescription?

You will need a contact lens prescription from an eye doctor to order contact lenses. Your eye doctor will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine your prescription and ensure that contact lenses are a safe and viable option for you.

How do I insert and remove contact lenses?

Proper insertion and removal of contact lenses is important for maintaining eye health and preventing injury. Your eye doctor can teach you the proper technique for inserting and removing contact lenses, which may involve washing your hands, using a mirror, and gently pulling on your eyelids.

How do I care for my contact lenses?

Proper care and handling of contact lenses is essential for preventing eye infections and other complications. This may involve using a specific type of solution for cleaning and disinfecting your lenses, avoiding exposure to water while wearing your lenses, and replacing your lenses as recommended by your eye doctor.

Can I sleep in my contact lenses?

Some types of contact lenses are designed for extended wear and can be worn while sleeping. However, sleeping in contact lenses can increase the risk of eye infections and other complications. It’s important to follow your eye doctor’s recommendations for wearing and caring for your contact lenses.

Be smart if you make a mistake

If you accidentally fall asleep or forget to take them out, do not try to remove them as soon as you wake up. Your eyes and lenses will feel very dry, taking it out can be painful and even cause abrasion. Use a lubricating eye drop and let the lens moisten properly before you try to get it out. If your vision is affected, or if your eye is very red and painful then you should see a doctor immediately.

How often should I replace my contact lenses?

The frequency with which you should replace your contact lenses will depend on the type of lenses you wear and your eye doctor’s recommendations. Some lenses are designed for daily use and should be discarded at the end of each day, while others can be worn for longer periods of time before needing to be replaced.

What should I do if I experience discomfort or irritation while wearing contact lenses?

If you experience discomfort or irritation while wearing contact lenses, you should remove them immediately and contact your eye doctor. This could be a sign of an eye infection or other complication that requires medical attention.

By understanding the basics of wearing contact lenses, you can ensure a safe and comfortable experience. Be sure to follow your eye doctor’s recommendations for wearing, caring for, and replacing your contact lenses, and seek medical attention if you experience any discomfort or complications.

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