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Tips for First Time Contact Lens Wearers

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Applying contact lenses for the very first time is a daunting yet exciting prospect. Like many people, you will like to spend your time noticing and marveling at every tiny visual detail. It is probably because you have a wider and better field of view, less light reflection than spectacle wearers, and less susceptibility to bacteria and dirt. You can enjoy and engross in nature’s beauty without any hassles of spectacles. Hence, everything you see becomes clearer with perfect details and sharp colors.

There is no denying that this process is exciting, but if you are a first-time wearer it can be a little scary. Dealing with the high-tech devices on your eyes, which are undeniably the most important and valued senses is risky. With that in mind, taking good preventative measures when it comes to wearing lenses is essential. It helps you stay safe, comfortable, and happy.

If you do not know how to go about it, we are on hand to guide you with your contact lenses. Here are some easy tips for first time contact wearers.

How to Deal with Your Contact Lenses


Keep Your Nerves Calm

Feeling apprehensive while applying lenses for the first time is normal. The delicate, squashy little objects seem difficult to handle and fit your eyes. Thoughts like “it can get stuck if I scratch or press my eyes” may overwhelm you. The most important tip is to be relaxed and calm your nerves when putting in lenses for the first time.

Removing or inserting lenses may seem awkward to you but you do not need to get nervous or afraid. Your lenses will not get stuck if you handle them gently. Give yourself some time to let your brain process and learn the correct technique of wearing lenses. See tutorial videos or practice with an experienced lenses wearer.

Always Keep Your Lenses Clean

Remember that lens cleaning is one the most important steps in keeping your eyes comfortable and healthy. Your optometrist will explain all the specific details related to your lens care. For example, if your doctor has asked to clean your lenses with multipurpose solution, rinse them every time you remove your lenses and change the solution.

Besides that, make sure you are not topping off the old solution on the lenses. If you wear lenses in the morning, wash the case with fresh solution. Leave your lens on the paper towel to let them air dry. Replace your lenses according to their specified lifespan.

Adhere to Replacement Schedule and Prescribed Wearing

Follow your optometrist prescribed schedule strictly. Wear your contact lenses according to the time schedule your doctor thinks is safe for you. Do not try to extend time or stretch weeks when it comes to replacing lenses as this can cause permanent damage to your eyes.

Never Sleep While Wearing Your Lenses

Unless your doctor prescribes you continuous lens wearing, never sleep with your contact lenses whether they are soft or hard.

Bottom Line

Overall, it may take some time to learn new things, but once you adapt to wearing contact lenses, applying them will become a breeze. Follow the above-mentioned tips and wear contact lenses confidently.

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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