Whether you’re attending a wedding, going on vacation, or are hitting the ski slopes, you may have the option to leave your glasses behind. For most people, contact lenses are available for occasional wear.
#1 Visit Your Optometrist and Get Properly Fitted
The key to having a safe and healthy first experience with contact lenses is to make sure that your contacts are safe and right for your eyes. If you are wearing them to see better, you need to make sure they are in your correct prescription.
Beyond that, your optometrist will measure your eyes and make sure that they fit you just right. Never, ever buy contacts from an unlicensed source or from a place that will sell you lenses without a valid prescription. The danger is as serious as blindness.
#2 Clean is Key
When you first get new lenses your doctor or optician will talk to you about proper care for your specific lenses. Don’t take this part lightly.
Some lenses will need to be sterilized overnight, others you can leave in for a week and then throw away. Make sure you know exactly what the rules are for your specific lenses and follow them.
#3 Carry Supplies
When I first started wearing contact lenses I realized I needed to always have with me some saline solution and some eye drops. In some cases, my eyes would get dry and I’d need the drops. In other cases, I’d find myself fiddling with a lens that just didn’t feel right and would need that bottle of saline handy. Tap water just won’t due, so be prepared for the unexpected. Carrying your case and your glasses if you regularly wear them is also a good idea during your transition period.
#4 Allow Time for Adjustment
It takes a few weeks to get used to wearing contact lenses. So, if you are planning to wear them for a major life event –like your wedding day– I’d suggest practicing with them for a few weeks before. This will give your eyes time to adjust, will allow you time to get comfortable with caring for the lenses and seeing through them, and allow you to make sure they feel right before the big day comes.
You’ll soon love the feeling and clarity of vision that you experience with contact lenses, but there may be a few days of adjustment in there first.
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