Your Guide to Switching from Glasses to Contact Lenses

Whatever your reason for choosing to switch from glasses, you will soon be enjoying the many benefits of being a contact lens wearer. You can get a wide range of lenses delivered from Pure Optical Limited. And with a little insider know-how, your transition from frames to lenses will be a smooth and eye-opening one. We take a look at what you can expect in our guide to switching from glasses to contact lenses.

Take it slowly

Don’t rush when you first start wearing those lenses, as everything will feel a little new and awkward. Your eye specialist will show you how exactly to put them in, so for those first few times, take it slowly and be patient with yourself. The trick is to slowly build up the time you wear your lenses each day, so you and your eyes can get adjusted to a new way of seeing clearly. A few hours a day is a good way to start, as you want your eyes to always feel happy and comfortable. And, before you know it, you will have the hang of being a contact lens wearer and not look back!

Keep everything clean

Good hygiene from the get-go is essential when making the switch to contact lenses as when you pop in a lens, you are also touching the outer membrane of your eye. And if your hands are less than clean, you could be transferring harmful bacteria from your fingers onto your eyes’ delicate surface. The key to keeping any eye infections at bay and ensuring a smooth contact wearing life, is to always wash your hands before handling your new lenses. And when you are not wearing your lenses, ensure you store them correctly in solution, to keep them in tip-top condition.

Avoid switching lenses

Your new contact lenses will come in a two pack, with a lens for your left and right eye and it’s important to get into the habit of always using the same lens for each eye. There are two main reasons for this – you may have a slightly different lens prescription for each eye so for optimum vision they should be worn exactly as directed. Each eye will also have its own natural balance and by switching lenses you could be risking transferring bacteria too. A good idea is to have a contact lenses case that is clearly marked left and right so you know you are always using your lenses as intended.

Don’t overdo it

While it may be tempting to wear your new lenses for longer than directed, it’s essential that you follow your prescription – whether that’s for monthly, weekly or daily lenses – to ensure you protect your eye health. Lenses start to degrade after their use-by date and wearing them for longer than you should, could increase your risk of an eye infection.  And don’t forget your shades on sunny days, as contact lenses don’t offer UV protection.

Follow your optician’s advice

And finally, always follow your optician or eye specialist’s advice when it comes to wearing, cleaning and storing your new contact lenses. Keep to your regular eye appointments too and if you are in any doubt or discomfort when wearing your lenses, seek professional advice.

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