Getting your first pair of contact lenses can be exciting, offering you more freedom and convenience than a conventional pair of glasses. But using them can also be a little daunting for the contact lens beginner, especially while you get used to wearing as well as caring for them. To help you see clearly when it comes to using Pure contact lenses for the first time, we’ve put together our informative short guide – the ins and outs of contact lenses for newbies.
The different types of contact lenses
Understanding the type of lens that you have been prescribed will help you to get to grips with wearing them. There are two main types of contact lenses – soft and hard. Soft lenses are the most popular as they are made from flexible silicone and are very comfortable to wear.
Soft lenses can be either daily disposables, which you throw away at the end of each day or extended wear, which can be worn for a period of time (1,2 or 4 weeks) before you dispose of them. Hard lenses are more rigid and are usually prescribed if you have an allergy to the soft type or have astigmatism of the eye.
You’ll need a special solution
Your contact lenses need lubrication to keep it both clean and moist, and you should only ever use a solution specifically formulated for your type of contact lens. You should never take a short-cut and use water as water harbours bacteria which can cause irritation, or even worse, an infection in your eye if used to rinse your contact lens.
There are several types of contact lens solutions, including saline and hydrogen peroxide. A multi-purpose solution is also one of the most popular as it cleans, rinses and disinfects your lens and can reduce the need to rub your contacts clean.
Putting contact lenses in
It will take a little practice, but you should quickly get the hang of popping in your contact lenses. The key is to relax and go gently and don’t expect to always get it right the first time. It may seem daunting to put something in your eye, but it really is quick and easy – simply follow the instructions on the packet, or the directions given to you by your optician. However, to avoid any contamination, it is essential you thoroughly wash your hands first and dry using a lint-free towel, so you don’t transfer any bacteria or tiny fabric fibres onto the surface of the lens.
Never sleep in your contacts
Ideally, you should only wear your contact lenses for a maximum of eight hours a day, to give your eyes a break. And sleeping with them in is not recommended as you reduce the amount of oxygen reaching your eyes as you sleep, leaving them prone to potential bacterial infections.
Always follow your prescription
As tempting as it may be to make your lenses last longer, you should only ever wear the lenses for as long as they have been prescribed for. To keep your eyes safe and healthy, you must wear each pair of lenses for no longer than the time indicated by your optician and follow the cleaning instructions to keep them in tip-top condition and bacteria free.
And, if you are in any doubt about your new contact lenses, how to use them or are experiencing irritation or pain, contact your eye specialist as soon as possible so you can get your new contact wearing life back on track.