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
- Come to your appointment prepared with your currents 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.
- There are two types of contacts: 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. If you get lenses to alter your eye color, treat them just as you would a prescription pair.
- Keep your lens case in good condition. Every day you should rinse out your case with hot water, then rinse it with 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.
- 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.