Wearing Contact Lenses For The First Time? Here’s What You Need To Know

Contact Lenses

A transition from eyeglasses to contact lenses is exciting but also strenuous. With your blue prescription contact lenses, you will spend some time noticing the minor details in your environment like the dew on the grass, and specks of green color on bright yellow leaves. 

But as a newbie, you are worried about certain things related to contact lenses such as how to wear and remove them, how to know they are apt for your eyes, and many other issues.

How To Wear Lenses?

This is the foremost question that pops up in anyone’s mind purchasing prescription eye contacts online for the first time. You need to follow a few simple steps to put the lenses in your eyes. These are –

  • The first thing to do is to wash your hands with warm soapy water and dry them with a lint-free towel.
  • Stand in front of a mirror.
  • Pick one of the lenses with your middle finger or index finger of your dominant hand.
  • Clean your lens with the solution before putting them in your eyes.
  • Make sure that the lens forms a bowl which means all its edges are turned up.
  • Open your upper eyelid with the non-dominant hand and stretch your lower eyelid with the middle finger or ring finger of your dominant hand.
  • Put the lens in your eyes.
  • Close your eyes and gently roll your eyeball to help the lens settle.
  • Check in the mirror to see whether they are positioned correctly or not
  • If your eye feels uncomfortable or your vision is blurred, then the lens has not been put in correctly. In this case, you will need to remove your lenses and reinsert them.

After you have successfully put on the lenses, you have to keep a few things in mind like –

  • Keeping Lenses Clean

The time period for disposing of lenses differs. Some lenses have to be disposed of after one-time use whereas some can be used for a month, three months, six months, or a whole year.

Ensure that you keep your lenses clean and follow the procedure given by your eye care professional. For example, if you are advised to use a multipurpose solution after removing your lens then you should properly rub and clean them with that solution.

Use a new solution every time you put on your lenses.

  • Keep Backups

You must carry an extra pair of lenses, a carrying case, and the lens solution with you. This will come in handy if you are facing a problem with your lenses. Carrying a case and lens solution is important because you may have to remove your lenses but do not have anything to store it.

Storing a lens in anything other than its case is a risky job as it may have a probability of causing infection in the eyes.

  • Do Not Use Water

Some people use tap water to clean their lenses and case while some go swimming or take a shower while wearing contact lenses. Water contains a bacterium called Acanthamoeba which has the ability to stick to lenses, transform into a cyst and cause eye infections.

So do not let water anywhere near your contact lenses. Some lenses absorb water and then it becomes difficult to put them in your eyes.

  • If They Don’t Fit, They Aren’t It

If the lens irritates, burns, sting, or hurts your eyes, something is wrong. Take out the lenses and check for any wear or tear, see that they are right-side out. If there is no visible issue in the lenses, clean them with fresh lens solution and put them back in your eyes.

But if they hurt again, then do not wear them and visit your eye care professional.

How To Store Your Contact Lenses?

To store your lenses and keep them away from any infection-causing bacteria, follow these steps –

  1. Wash your hands with water to remove any dirt and bacteria.
  2. Take out the lenses from your eyes and rub them with a few drops of fresh contact lens solution.
  3. Place each lens in the correct compartment, that is the right lens n the compartment labeled as ‘R’ and the left one in the ‘L’ one.
  4. See that each compartment has enough solution that both the lenses are dipped. If the compartment is only half full, then pour out the solution, clean the case with more solution and fill it with fresh solution.

How To Take Care Of Your Contact Lens?

Taking proper care of your lens will help in keeping your eyes healthy. Exercise the following steps to care for your lens –

  • Clean the storage case weekly with warm soapy water and dry it with a clean tissue.
  • Replace this storage case at least once every three months or as recommended by an eye care professional.
  • If you experience any pain, redness, irritation, or discomfort, then remove your lenses. Avoid wearing them until you meet your eye doctor.
  • Avoid wearing lenses when you are not well. This illness can even be cold, as germs can spread from your hands to your eyes while wearing or removing the lens.
  • Blink your eyes. Blinking keeps your eyes moisturized and clean.
  • Use the solution recommended by your eye doctor to keep your eyes and contact lenses from drying out.
  • Never reuse contact lens solutions. If there is some left in the case of the lens then pour it out and fill it with fresh solution.
  • Throw away the lens solution after one month of opening it, even if there is solution in bottle.
  • Never use your saliva to clean or moisten your lenses. This will lead to a transfer of lenses from your mouth to your eyes, increasing the risk of infection.
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses when you are sleeping until given a green signal by an eye care professional.

Wrapping Up

It takes some time for lenses to adjust in your eyes. Once settled, you will be more comfortable wearing them.

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