If you have recently made the switch and are looking for tips for adjusting to contact lenses for the first time, we are here to help. The difference between wearing spectacles and contact lenses include your routines for wearing them and taking care of them. Below we will guide you through how to adjust to wearing contact lenses for first time wearers

Wearing the Right Contact Lenses 

Always follow your optician’s advice on what contact lenses you should be wearing. An eye examination completed with a licensed eye care professional will help to determine if you are suited to wearing contact lenses and which type will be most beneficial and comfortable for you. 

Your optician may advise against contact lenses for you if you suffer with allergies or have dry eyes. 

Hard vs Soft Contact Lenses 

Hard and soft are two ways to easily separate the types of contact lenses. Soft contact lenses are considered to be more comfortable to wear, as they are more flexible and fragile. Hard contact lenses are designed to last longer, so they can take longer to adjust to, but offer sharper vision. 

Therefore, if you have no experience adjusting to contact lenses, ask your optician about soft contact lenses as this may be easier for you at the beginning. 

If you are advised to use monovision lenses, where the aim of the contact lenses are to improve distance vision, you can expect them to take longer to adjust to. 

Maintain a Cleaning Routine 

Cleaning your contact lenses should be done following the detailed instructions provided by your optician and contact lens brand. Non-disposable contact lenses in particular need to be thoroughly cleaned to prevent eye issues, including infection. 

While cleaning your contact lenses, patience is key. In newer silicone hydrogel lenses and older technology in more generic solutions have been known to cause irritation and redness. Ask your optician about which contact lens solution is best to use to prevent issues. 

Avoiding Common Mistakes 

While adjusting to contact lenses for the first time, you may experience the following, which is completely normal: 

  • Irritation 
  • Light sensitivity 
  • Teary eyes 
  • Occasional blurry vision 

However, if you find yourself suffering with any of the following, please consult your eye doctor as soon as possible: 

  • Dry eyes 
  • Allergic reactions 
  • Cornea issues 
  • Deposits on lenses causing discomfort 
  • Inflammation of the eyes or eyelids 

If problems with your contact lenses persist or if you don’t feel that your eyes are adjusting how they should be, speak to your optician as soon as possible. In the meantime, taking your time with an efficient cleaning routine for your contact lenses can help.

Attend Optician Appointments 

Your optician is the person you should rely on for advice on adjusting to contact lenses for the first time. Therefore it is important to attend follow up optician appointments so they can monitor your progress and check that your eyes are adjusting how they should be. 

If you have any concerns or questions, don’t be afraid to address them with your optician. The more confident you are in your new eye care routine with contact lenses, the easier you will find it to adjust to your new routines. 

At Dominic Tunnell Opticians we offer contact lenses for people looking for freedom from wearing spectacles. As a first time wearer, the benefits of wearing contact lenses can offer flexibility and clear vision. To book a consultation with our team, please get in touch by calling 01905 950267 today!