Nowadays, you can find several options of stylish frames to suit your face and personality. But contact lenses have also come a long way. With a contact lens exam and fitting, your optometrist can help determine the best lens for your lifestyle and vision needs.
If you are considering a new look, transitioning from eyeglasses to contacts, changing your prescription or type of contact lens, and worried about the adjustment, don’t be. We include some tips to help you through that adjustment period.
Contact lenses come in various types designed for different purposes. There are daily, monthly, extended wear, and disposable lenses. Contact lenses are hard, soft, and come with corrective abilities.
Contact lenses, like glasses, can improve your vision and do so much more. They are convenient, don’t block your peripheral vision, and suit an active lifestyle.
Your optometrist is vital for assessing your eye health and determining the right level of vision correction. They can also support you with contact lens training as contacts require more maintenance and care than eyeglasses.
Ways to Adjust to Contact Lenses
Several factors affect the adaptation to wearing contact lenses, such as lens type, material in the lens, individual differences in the eyes, and cleaning.
Wearing contact lenses is basically placing a foreign object in the eye, so it takes getting used to, and you can experience some initial mild eye issues, such as:
- Blurred vision
- Eye fatigue
- Lens moving around
- Eyes tearing up
- Eyes get dry
Fortunately, these adjustments are usually temporary, and with some precautions, your vision improves over time.
Placing contacts in the eyes for the first time can be challenging, causing irritation. This is normal as the eyes adjust to the lens and won’t last forever. Give yourself enough time in the mornings to put them in and at the end of the day to take them out.
Don’t Rush the Process
Wearing new contacts for long periods from the get-go might not work for everyone. It is much better to take the lenses out and give your eyes a rest when they feel irritated or if you feel that your eyes need a break. Your eye doctor may recommend you wear your new contact lenses for a few hours every day and increase the time gradually.
For most people, contacts provide safe, clear vision. All contact lenses are not the same and therefore have different requirements. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and those from your eye doctor. Instructions can include:
- The disposal date of contacts
- The length of wear of contacts
- How to clean and store contacts
Set a reminder to Remove and Clean Contacts
Once your contact lenses become comfortable, you may forget you’re wearing them. An alarm or reminder on your calendar ensures you take them out when needed.
Cleaning your contact lenses is essential to prevent eye problems and eye infections. Your cleaning regime should include:
- Washing your hands when handling your contacts
- Using the right lens solution for your contacts
- Storing your contact lenses when not in use
Contact Your Eye Doctor
It’s also good to know that contact lenses don’t always cause discomfort or eye problems. After the adjustment period, if you still don’t feel comfortable, have issues, or experience any of the following symptoms, visit your eye doctor immediately:
- Eye pain
- Eye strain, including headaches, double vision, light sensitivity
- Continued irritation or discomfort
- Dry feeling despite using eye drops
Contact Lens Fitting and Training at Maple Ridge Eye Care
The first week of using contact lenses can be challenging for your eyes. It takes time and dedication to practice wearing contact lenses well, even if you’ve done it before. The type of contact lens, material, and length of wear can change based on your eye care needs.
But adjusting to contact lenses can be an easy and comfortable transition: With patience, support and instructions, and a cleaning routine, you can have a positive contact lens experience. You can also watch these instructional videos about contact lenses, insertion and removal, and care instructions.
Book an appointment for a contact lens exam or a 1-year contact lens check at Maple Ridge Eye Care.