3 Ways to Adjust to Contact Lenses

3 Ways to Adjust to Contact Lenses

It doesn’t matter if you’ve worn glasses for as long as you can remember or if you’re new to the world of corrective lenses, contact lenses are a great way to enjoy better vision with fewer restrictions than glasses provide. 

At Eldorado Vision & Optical in McKinney, Texas, Stacy Turner, OD, and our compassionate care team help patients adjust to contact lenses — and it’s simpler than you might believe. Keep reading to learn our top tips about making the change to contact lenses.

1. Develop a solid routine

Many problems with contacts arise when they bring dirt, debris, or infection-causing germs and bacteria into your eyes. You can adjust to contacts more smoothly and keep your eyes healthy by creating a routine around their wear and care. Make it a priority to:

Establish cleanliness practices

Nothing is more important to a contact-wearing life than keeping everything clean. Create a healthy routine where you:

You’ll also want to stay away from oily soaps or soaps with strong fragrances, as these products may irritate your eyes. 

Create a habit to separate left from right

One problem new contact lens wearers struggle with is switching their right and left contact lenses. While this affects your ability to see properly, it also increases your risk of transferring an eye infection from one eye to the other eye.

If you wear contacts you store each night, always start with removing the contact from the same eye each time, then place it in the correct side of the storage container. When you put in your contacts, do the same thing, always starting with the same eye each time. 

You can also remove your contacts at the same time each day to help make sure you don’t accidentally wear them overnight while you sleep. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of wake time without contacts each day.

2. Wear your sunglasses

If you’re a long-time glasses wearer, chances are you’re used to having prescription sunglasses at hand. Keep in mind that most contact lenses don’t offer the same protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays. 

Be sure to wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection every time you go outside — even on cloudy days. If you need help choosing frames or want to have a pair of prescription sunglasses available for the days you don’t wear your contacts, talk to a team member at Eldorado Vision & Optical.

3. Always keep extras on hand

If you’re new to wearing contact lenses, it’s important to remember that you might lose a lens or need to remove them when you’re away from home. By keeping an extra container of solution and a storage case on hand — along with a pair of glasses — you’ll be ready for the unexpected.

If you wear disposable contacts, Dr. Turner recommends keeping an extra set of lenses on hand so you won’t find yourself without your corrective prescription. 

If you're interested in making the switch from glasses to contacts or want more tips for adjusting to life without frames, request an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. Turner at Eldorado Vision & Optical in McKinney, Texas. 

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