Becoming Committed to Contact Lenses

We all have certain commitments we need to make in our lives and maybe for you, you just found out that you need something to help you correct your vision. With several options available, contacts might be the best one for you but, you are not quite sure how to commit to this change. It might not be an extreme change, but whether a child or an adult needs to start to wear contacts, it may take some time to get use to wearing them each day.

Basic Hygiene and Proper Cleaning

The utmost important thing to remember is to keep your contact lenses as clean as possible and your hygiene regimen should include several important factors.

  • Clean your hands every time you handle your contact lenses.
  • Select the proper hand soap.
    • Avoid soaps with oil, scent, lanolin, or moisturizing lotions
  • Clean and disinfect your contact lenses and the lens case regularly.
    • Replace old contact solution with new solution according to solution directions
  • Replace your contact lenses regularly according to your prescription.
  • It is best to keep your finger nails short until you get use to putting in and taking out your contact lens

How Do I Put a Lens In?

For any first time user of contact lenses, it might be a bit scary to start using them. But no worries as contact lenses were created to be used with ease. When beginning to use them, there are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Before you put your lens in, make sure it forms a cup shape. If the edges are flared out then the lens is inside out.
  • Place the lens in your eye as you look upwards or forwards. You can also place the contact lens in the corner of your eye closest to your ear.
  • After placing the lens in, blink and roll your eyes in a circle to help it adjust over the center.

Removing the Lens

  • As you are about to take out the lens look up or sideways.
  • Gently pull the lens towards the white area of the eye so you are able to gently pinch the lens.
  • For rigid contact lenses, simply pull the bottom and top lid until your eyes are wide, hold out your hand and blink while looking down so that the lens falls into your hand.

Devices called “plungers” are also available from an eye doctor to remove the lens from your eye.

Wearing Eye Makeup

With eye makeup and contact lenses, additional steps should be taken each day.

  • Place your contact lenses in before you put on makeup, and take off your makeup first before you remove your lenses.
  • Be picky about which makeup brands and products you select.
    • Select only non-allergenic brands
    • Select water-based creams rather than powder (though powder can be used as well, but cream is less likely to irritate the eye)
  • Apply eye liner on the eyelid above away from the eye.

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Can Children Commit to Contacts?

Sometimes it may or may not be clear if a child is ready to wear contact lenses. Because of their age alone many people may not think a child is old enough to start wearing lenses but a parent should consider how responsible they are rather than their age.

If a child is unorganized, forgetful, or needs to be reminded of proper hygiene, then they might not be ready for contact lenses yet. To make the commitment to wearing lenses, a child cannot forgot to take them out at night and needs to make sure they are properly cleaned. A child could always have a test run to see how they do with contact lenses if a parent wants to see if it will go well or not, but in some cases starting with glasses until a child becomes more mature might be best.

If a child is very involved in sports, then they might want to consider wearing contact lenses. In contact sports such as football or rugby, children and young adults could easily break glasses during practice or a game. Contact lenses also offer consistent clear vision unlike glasses of which the frames can easily obstruct the vision.

Children with nearsighted vision are also perfect candidates for Orthokeratology or Ortho-k treatments which include wearing special contact lenses at night to reshape the cornea to reverse nearsighted vision.

It might take some adjusting to get use to wearing contact lenses every day or just remembering to buy your lenses online, but in time it will become part of your routine. If you ever have any questions or concerns about wearing lenses, be sure to ask your optometrist.

Kate Simmons is a health blogger who is interested in learning about new eye health care techniques.

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