Advice For First-Time Contact Lens Wearers

Contacts can make a world of difference for someone who is craving greater comfort and more natural vision than glasses could provide.  However, getting used to contacts can take some time, and it is important to take things slowly and carefully.  When you are fitted for contacts for the first time, be prepared to allow some time (usually, a week) for your eyes to adapt.  Here is the recommended schedule for first time wearers, based on current research and our customers' experiences (BUT BE SURE TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR FOR MORE PRECISE INSTRUCTIONS - THIS ARTICLE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AND CANNOT SUBSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVICE):   

·       DAY 1:  Exciting! You can try on your new lenses, but wear them no longer than 2-4 HOURS. 

·       DAY 2:  Experiment! If you are comfortable, try extending wearing time to 4-6 HOURS.

·       DAY 3:  Great progress!  You can last a full day of work (6-8 HOURS) in your contacts (but remember to use eye-drops in dry and air-conditioned places).

·       DAY 4:  Show off your new look to friends!  With 8-10 HOURS wearing time, meet them after work for a Happy Hour.

·       DAY 5: Congratulations!  You've graduated to maximum (10 TO 12 HOURS) wearing schedule.   

As you are adjusting to your new lenses, please remember that you:

·       SHOULD NEVER put contact lenses in your eyes if there is REDNESS/PAIN OR IRRITATION. PLEASE SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR DOCTOR if redness/irritation or pain lasts more than a few hours.

·       SHOULD NEVER SLEEP WITH YOUR CONTACT LENSES ON. This can result in a serious eye infection (even with extended-wear contacts).

·       SHOULD NEVER USE TAP WATER to clean contacts.  Tap water isn't sterile, and does not clean your contacts well enough. 

·       SHOULD NEVER PLACE CONTACTS IN YOUR MOUTH to clean or moisturize them.  Do you know how many bacteria are there in your mouth?!  Ugh! 

·       SHOULD NEVER SHOWER OR SWIM WITH CONTACTS.  The chlorine can damage your contacts and hurt your eyes, plus the water may make your contacts fall out.

·       SHOULD NEVER SWITCH CONTACT LENS SOLUTIONS without checking with your doctor first.  Some contact lens solutions may cause irritation and allergic reactions.

 

And now, this is VERY IMPORTANT: If you are having TROUBLES GETTING YOUR CONTACTS OUT of your eyes, and your eye doctor is not available, PLEASE GO TO THE NEAREST HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM!!!

If you follow these precautions, you will probably minimize your initial discomfort, but may still experience some. 
On the other hand, please be sure to REMOVE LENSES IMMEDIATELY AND SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR EYE DOCTOR IF:

                                                                     

·       you experience PAIN OR REDNESS

·       you experience FOGGY OR CLOUDY VISION

·       your VISION DECREASES and does not clear up

·       you think SOMETHING IS WRONG

·       you are MORE AWARE OF ONE LENS than the other