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Transitioning to Contact Lenses

Transitioning to Contact Lenses

Whether you’ve worn glasses all of your life or are getting contact lenses as your first pair of corrective lenses, it can take some time to adjust to wearing them. Even if they fit perfectly, they might feel slightly uncomfortable at first, and touching your eyes to put them in takes practice.

Here at Hunter Vision in Maitland, Florida, optometrist and ophthalmologist Elizabeth MacDonald, OD, makes your transition as easy as possible. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind while transitioning to contact lenses to correct a refractive error:

1. Get used to washing your hands often

If you touch your contact lenses with unwashed hands before placing them in your eyes, debris or bacteria can get caught in your eye and cause an infection. Your eye tissue is delicate, and an eye infection can lead to some major consequences, including corneal ulcers and vision loss. Avoid the pain, blurry vision, and swelling that comes with an infection. 

2. Ease into your new routine

You don’t need to wear your new contacts all the time as you adjust to wearing them. In fact, doing so can cause lots of unnecessary discomfort. Start by wearing your contact lenses for a few hours a day before taking them out and putting your glasses on for a while. Once you feel comfortable wearing them for that set amount of time, add an extra hour. Soon, you’ll build up to wearing them all day without feeling uncomfortable.

3. Invest in a good pair of sunglasses

Even when it’s overcast and gloomy outside, sunglasses are a must when you wear contact lenses. Wearing sunglasses protects your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays that contact lenses won’t protect you from. Be sure to choose a pair with 100% UV protection. 

4. Be mindful of rubbing your eyes

If you work long hours, have allergies, or stare at a screen for hours a day, rubbing your eyes becomes automatic. However, rubbing them can loosen the contact lenses or cause them to fall out. Instead, rub along the outside of the eye instead of directly over the contact lens. 

5. Follow the instructions for using your contact lenses

There are several types of contact lenses. Dr. MacDonald makes sure you understand how to use your lens type and gives you specific instructions to help you avoid harming your eyes or damaging the lenses. For example, if you get daily disposables, you should dispose of them after wearing them all day and use a fresh pair the next day. 

Additionally, your right and left eyes likely don’t share the same lens prescription. You’ll need to keep track of which lens goes in which eye to fully benefit from wearing your contact lenses. 

If you choose contact lenses, you’ll need to make some changes in your routine that aren’t necessary with glasses. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online with us at Hunter Vision to learn more about contact lenses and how to adjust to wearing them.

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