Living with a vision impairment is challenging. Thankfully, help is available if you struggle to see in the best manner possible. Prescription eyeglasses, surgical procedures, and contact lenses can all be used to correct your vision. Although most people opt for prescription glasses, contact lenses have many benefits. Unfortunately, many people have a fear of wearing contacts because they do require proper placement and care. With this guide, you will learn a few essential tips to follow when you are first starting to wear eye contacts.
1. Stay Calm
For many people, placing the lens onto the surface of the eye can be overwhelming the first few times. Many people will become stress and anxious, causing them to tense up their muscles and joints, which can make the placement even more difficult.
It is important to remain calm when placing the lens onto the eye. Remember that many people struggle the first few times, but after adjusting, it becomes an incredibly simple task. Also, do not worry about the lens slipping and disappearing into the back of the eye. Your eyelids are actually connected to the back of the eye with tissue, so there is no risk of the lens slipping into the eye socket.
As long as you are calm, and your hands and lens are clean, placing the contact lens onto the eye will be a safe, efficient, and effective process.
2. Clean and Care Properly
Dirt, dust, and allergens can build up on your contact lenses even if you have them stored properly. Therefore, it is important to clean and care for them to avoid potential infections and uncomfortable scratches on the eye. Before handling, make sure to wash and dry your hands. The "rub and rinse" method is best for cleaning your contact lenses. With clean fingers, rub the contact lenses and then rinse them with the saline solution before soaking.
Make sure the solution inside your case is always clean, never just topped off with new solution. You should also replace your storage case every three months to reduce the buildup of dirt, dust, and bacteria that will not only affect the lens but also your eyes/vision.
3. Schedule Check-Ups
Once you adjust to wearing your contacts, you may believe you do not require any other care from your optometrist. Since the shape of your cornea and your overall vision quality can change over time, you should continue seeing your eye doctor for regular checkups.
These checkups are important for your eye health and vision, but to also ensure your contact lenses are working in the most effective way.