3 Tips For New Contact Lens Wearers

Contact lenses are the perfect solution for correcting your vision. More compact than glasses, it is easy for you to wear them throughout the day. Unlike prescription glasses, you do not have to wear about taking them off or losing them once you put them in. Contact lenses help make your life easier and keep your vision clear when you are trying to watch a movie, read a book, or drive. It is important to take good care of your contacts so that they last a long time, and so that you can use them correctly. Here are three tips for new contact lens wearers.

Wash and thoroughly dry your hands before touching your contacts.

Your contacts directly touch your eyes. It is important to make sure that your hands are extremely clean before you touch your contacts, whether you are putting them in or taking them out. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and thoroughly dry them; this way, you do not smudge your contacts. Further, you should avoid using lotions or oily soaps before touching your contacts, as this can create a film on the lens. Keeping your contacts clean goes hand-in-hand with keeping your eyes healthy. Dirty contacts lead to an uncomfortable eye infection called keratitis.

Keep your contacts in a cool, dry, and secure area when not using them.

It is important to keep your contacts safe when you are not using them. Do not leave your contacts in a hot car, in direct sunlight, or in any other hot environment. The heat can make your lenses warp, meaning that they can no longer comfortably fit in your eyes. You also want to keep your contacts in a secure area to avoid dropping them or stepping on them, A small pocket in your bag or a closed drawer are your best options.

Determine whether your contacts are inside out before putting them in.

Many new contact lens wearers struggle to figure out if their contacts are inside out. Balance your contact on the point of your finger and take a look at the shape of the contact. If the contact makes a perfect half-U shape that looks like half a ball, then it is facing the right way and it is ready to be put in. A contact lens that is inside out tapers toward the ends and creates a rim that is reminiscent of the shape of a cereal bowl.

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