Contact lenses can be an excellent replacement for your glasses, especially if you don’t like the look or feel of wearing a pair of frames. However, they can often require a bit more maintenance than you might be used to, making them a little difficult to use for a long period of time. So to help you out, we’ve prepared a couple of tips so that you can quickly get accustomed to them. Alternatively, you might find that you don’t really enjoy contact lenses during your trial period, and there’s nothing wrong with returning to glasses as some people might consider them more convenient and easier to use than lenses.
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- Keep your hands clean
You’d be surprised at how much difference it makes when you try to keep your hands clean. Since we pick up a lot of dirt and grime on our fingers, it can actually start to affect our lenses. Make sure you wash your hands with soap and water before handling your contact lenses and don’t try to take them out when you’re out in public unless you have access to someplace to wash your hands.
- If you know your prescription, you can order lenses elsewhere
Much like glasses, you can get replacement lenses from retailers, opticians or even online if you know your prescription. Look at the documentation provided after your eye examination so you can see your prescription. Give those values when asked for them and you’ll get the same results. This can save you a lot of money in some cases, especially if you decide to buy contact lenses in bulk.
- Heed the warnings your optician gives you
When your optician says you shouldn’t sleep with them and you shouldn’t use them while swimming and showering, they mean it. Contact lenses can be dangerous to wear while sleeping and the moisture from showering and swimming can also introduce further complications. Make sure you’re taking their warnings seriously and consult them for advice if needed.
- Pick a duration that works for you
If you only plan to wear your lenses for a few days a week, then perhaps daily lenses would be a much more suitable fit for you. If you plan to wear them for a long period of time, then monthly or bi-weekly lenses might be more suitable. Pick a wearing pattern that suits your intended use and discuss then in more detail with your optician.
As you can see, proper care of your contact lenses can take quite some time to get used to. A lot of people don’t realize that it involves a fair amount of maintenance. You need to be really careful when taking care of your lenses because they’re so small, fragile and need to be cleaned on a regular basis. You also need to have good personal hygiene to ensure that you’re not getting the lenses dirty. At the end of the day, many people choose to swap between contact lenses and glasses so they have something appropriate for each situation, so you might not want to ditch your frames just yet!