A Beginner's Guide to Wearing Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a fantastic alternative to eyeglasses. They provide a natural field of view, unhindered by the confines of eyeglass frames. They won't fog up in cold weather or get splattered by the rain. Plus, they don't interfere with your physical activities. In many ways, wearing contact lenses can feel like having your natural vision back—only clearer.



Understanding the Basics of Contact Lenses


Essentially, contact lenses are thin, curved lenses placed on the film of tears that covers your cornea (the clear front surface of your eye). They correct vision in the same way glasses do – by focusing light into your retina.


Contact lenses can correct various vision problems, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (irregular curvature of the cornea), and presbyopia (age-related loss of close-up vision). They can be made from various types of material, including soft plastic polymers and rigid gas-permeable plastics.


There are different types of contact lenses, such as daily disposable lenses, weekly or monthly disposable lenses, and extended wear lenses that can be worn overnight. The type of lens best suited for you would depend on your lifestyle, comfort, vision needs, and doctor's recommendation.



How to Wear Contact Lenses


Putting on contact lenses for the first time can feel a bit daunting, but with practice, it becomes second nature. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you out.


First, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and dry them with a lint-free towel. Then, remove one lens from its packaging or storage case and place it on the tip of your index finger. Make sure the lens isn't inside out—the lens should bowl-shaped, not flared out at the edges.


Pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger, look up, and gently place the lens on the lower part of your eye. Then, release your eyelid and blink a few times to help the lens settle. Repeat the process with the other lens.



Tips for First-Time Contact Lens Wearers


If you're a first-time contact lens wearer, here are some tips to make your experience smoother. First, never rush the process of inserting or removing your lenses. It may take some time to get used to it, and that's okay. Patience is key!


Second, always follow your eye care professional's instructions about lens care and replacement. Don't wear your lenses longer than recommended or sleep in them unless they're designed for that.


Finally, listen to your body. If your eyes feel irritated or uncomfortable, remove your lenses and give your eyes some rest. If the discomfort persists, consult your eye doctor.



Common Mistakes to Avoid When Wearing Contact Lenses


Even with the best intentions, it's easy to make mistakes when wearing contact lenses. One common mistake is not cleaning the lenses properly. Always use the recommended contact lens solution and never use water or saliva—it can introduce harmful bacteria into your eyes.


Another mistake is wearing your lenses for too long. Over-wearing your lenses can lead to eye discomfort and serious eye infections. Also, don't forget to replace your contact lens case every three months to prevent bacteria build-up.



Caring for Your Contact Lenses


Proper care and maintenance of your contact lenses are crucial for the health of your eyes. Always clean and disinfect your lenses after each use, and store them in a clean lens case filled with fresh solution. Never reuse old solution.


Before handling your lenses, always wash your hands to avoid transferring dirt and germs to your eyes. Also, avoid wearing your lenses in water (like swimming pools or showers) as it can harbor harmful microorganisms that can lead to serious eye infections.



Embrace the Freedom of Contact Lenses


The key to a pleasant contact lens experience is patience, proper hygiene, and regular check-ups with your eye doctor. So, embrace the freedom that contact lenses offer and enjoy the clear, unobstructed vision you deserve!


If you are tired of wearing glasses and interested in wearing contact lenses, contact Norwood Family Eye Care at our Bartlett, Tennessee office. We are dedicated to offering the highest quality of services and helping our patients achieve optimal eye health. Call 901-617-8095 to schedule an appointment today.

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