There are numerous benefits to contact lenses, which makes them such a popular and exciting choice for vision correction. If you’ve gotten your first pair of contacts, or if you’re considering trying them out, you might have some questions and concerns. What can you expect from your first time wearing contacts? How much effort goes into caring for them? Here are some tips to make life with your new contacts safe and happy.

The first step is overcoming anxiety. It’s understandable to be a little nervous about inserting and removing your new lenses, but one of the most important things you can do is relax. As long as your hands are clean and you handle your contacts with care, there’s no need to be afraid. Contact lenses are soft and painless. It may take time for your eyes to adjust fully, as you can expect to feel the edges of the lenses when you put them in the first time. Soon, though, you’ll forget that you’re wearing them!

Practicing healthy habits is also important for contact lens wearers. Take care of your lenses according to your doctor’s directions. For example, if you use a multi-purpose solution, rub and rinse your lenses every time you remove them. Always place your contacts in fresh solution, and never attempt to re-use or top off old solution. Be sure to replace your contact lens case every three months. Closely following your cleaning routine is vital to making your contacts a safe and effective addition to your life.

Lastly, adhere to the lens wearing schedule that your doctor recommends. Remove and replace your contacts according to the prescribed amount of time, and never try to extend the life of the lenses. Unless they are specifically designed for continuous wear, don’t sleep in your contacts.

With proper care and patience, contact lenses can be an excellent vision solution for you and your lifestyle. For all of your eyecare and contact lens-related questions, contact the professionals at Island Eyecare. Call us in Annapolis at (410) 224-2306, in Kent Island at (410) 604-0100, or visit us at seeislandeyecare.com.