Are you a new contact lens wearer? Although it can take some time to adapt, many people find wearing contact lenses to be a much more convenient option than traditional glasses. In the first few days, you will spend time learning to focus through a medical device that rests directly on the eye as well as learning how to take care of your new lenses. Below are some tips from our Victoria optometrist Dr. Anita Narang to get you started on the best path for contact lens care, thereby maintaining your ocular health.
- Don’t Be Scared
At first, many people worry about proper insertion technique. Will they scratch their eye? Will the lens get stuck behind their eye? There is no reason to be afraid about touching your eye as long as you have clean hands and are gentle. The more you practice, the easier it will become!
- Stay Hydrated
Contact lenses or not, it’s important to drink plenty of water daily and stay hydrated. For contact lens wearers, this helps keep the eyes moist and the lenses comfortable. In some dry environments (such as air conditioned offices), you may also need to supplement with artificial tears to create more of a barrier between the contact lens and the eye. Be sure the drops are compatible with contact lenses.
- Clean Your Lenses
It’s important to keep your contact lenses clean to prevent any harmful bacteria from getting into the eye. Your doctor will give specific instructions for lens care that are best for you, so make sure you follow those instructions rigorously. Examples of this are always using fresh solution rather than topping up existing solution, rubbing your lenses to clean them, and rinsing out the cases every morning to allow them to dry completely.
- Follow Your Doctor’s Recommendations
Your doctor knows what’s best for your eyes, so it’s important to follow their recommendations for the products that you should use. Never substitute lens products without first checking with your doctor, and be sure not to miss any follow up visits.
- Follow the Instructions for Your Specific Lenses
One of the best ways to avoid eye discomfort and infection is by following the prescribed wearing instructions for your contact lenses. Never try to get more time out of contact lenses than recommended – there are specific wearing and replacement schedules for a reason!
Contact lens care may seem daunting at first, but after a week or two these tips will become part of your daily routine. If you have any questions about contact lenses, don’t hesitate to ask us!