Contacts are a smart choice for individuals who are active and dislike the feeling of wearing glasses. However, the process of caring for and getting used to new contacts can take a week or two. Navigate the transition with ease by learning how to properly care for contacts and becoming familiar with common symptoms that occur when you first wear them.
What to Expect When First Wearing Contacts
As with any new eye prescription, it may take a few days for your eyes and brain to adjust to the changes. New prescriptions may cause mild headaches or slight dizziness. If this persists after the first week, it may be a sign that your prescription needs to be adjusted.
New contacts can also sometimes cause mild eye irritation during the first few days of use as you get used to the new sensation. You may feel uncomfortable that there is something in your eye or notice when your lenses begin to dry out. After a day or two, these symptoms typically go away. Remember that these minor issues are normal, and all a part of getting used to something new. However, if you continue to experience eye irritation after a week, or have any concerns at all, contact us for recommendations.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Getting comfortable putting in your new contacts can take some time. It can be a strange feeling touching your eye like that and you may wonder if you are doing it correctly. We will give you specific instructions during your appointment, but the more you practice, the easier it will become. Soon it will become a very natural part of your daily routine.
Caring for Your New Contacts
One of the most common causes of eye irritation is improper care for contact lenses. There are certain things you should always remember when caring for your new contacts:
- Always wash your hands before and after touching your eyes to avoid spreading bacteria. Also, be certain that all soap residue is thoroughly rinsed before touching the lenses.
- Remember that tap water is not appropriate to clean your contact lenses. Only use the contact lens solution provided by your eye doctor to avoid damaging the lenses and to ensure they are disinfected properly.
- Storing your new contacts properly is another very important task. Always use fresh solution to store your contacts overnight. Reusing contact solution may cause eye irritation or infection.
Proper Follow-Up Care
Remember that caring for your new contacts also includes getting regular eye exams to make sure that problems do not go undetected. Serious infections can occur if lenses are not cared for properly, so visiting us on a regular basis can help ensure proper use and address any prescription issues. Contact us at 630-862-2020 to make your appointment for your new contacts this year! We have a wide variety of choices available in the latest lens technology, and can find the right lenses for your specific lifestyle.