While contact lenses can be an attractive alternative to wearing glasses because they don’t change your appearance, contacts do also require a bit of an adjustment period. Most professionals will tell you that you can expect it to take as long as two weeks to get adjusted to your new lenses. Here is a look at a few tips to help smooth the transition to wearing contacts and when you may need a little extra help from your eye doctor.
Tips for Success
1. Plan ahead for time to relax for the first few minutes after lens placement.
The first few times you put your contact lenses in your eyes, it can cause a bit of irritation. This is perfectly normal. You will need a few minutes to get used to how the lenses feel in your eyes. So make sure you have enough time after lens placement to allow your eyes time to adjust.
2. Set alarms to remind you to clean and take out your lenses.
Once you get over the initial sensations of feeling the contact lenses in your eyes, you can forget that you have them on. Since you are not accustomed to taking lenses out, it can be a good idea to set a reminder or alarm on your phone so you’ll remember to take the lenses out and clean them as needed.
3. Take out the lenses for a rest when you need to.
Forcing yourself to wear your new contacts for long periods is not the key to getting used to them faster. It is much better to take the lenses out and give your eyes a rest when your eyes feel irritated or if you feel that your eyes need a break.
When to Call the Eye Doctor
- If the contacts are actually causing your eyes pain
- If you have a difficult time with your lenses after a few weeks
- If the contacts always feel dry in spite of using moisturizing eye drops
Contact Your Brookhaven Eye Doctor for Help with New Contacts
When you get adjusted to your new lenses, it will feel like you get a life-changing way to better vision. If you need new contact lenses or have issues with the contact lenses you have, reach out to us at Brookleigh Family Eyecare in Brookhaven, GA so we can help.