Change can be scary, but often times the payoff is so worth the temporary nervousness you might feel. One such change you may experience in your life is going from eyeglasses to wearing contact lenses, which can be a big deal to impressionable teenagers and folks who’ve worn glasses for a good portion of their lives.
It is likely that many questions will flood your mind the first time you think about transitioning from glasses to contact lenses in Oshkosh, WI—How do they go in? How do they come out? Are contacts safe for teenagers? While you would love the convenience of not having to carry eyeglasses around on your face everyday, the thought of placing an object in your eye can be intimidating.
Whether you have been a long-term prescription eyeglass wearer who is seeking to try something new or a teenager looking for a frame-free lifestyle, it’s good to be in the loop about what you should know before transitioning from wearing glasses to putting in contact lenses.
The first thing you need to consider is how committed you are willing to be. Most prescription contact lenses are required to be worn all day, cleaned at night and stored properly in its case. Neglecting to keep them clean can result in eye infections or irritation. You must also consider if contacts fit into your lifestyle. Maybe they will allow you to move freely at high school sports, or you travel a lot for business and have a history of leaving glasses behind after hotel checkout. Also based on your lifestyle, there are daily disposable or reusable lens options.
After you make an eye appointment with your eye doctor to switch over to contact lenses, and before you go in, be sure to be prepared with your current pair of prescription glasses and for a general eye exam. It is important that your vision gets a check-up so your new pair of contact lenses not only fit well, but are an accurate prescription as well. There are also some newbie pointers to wearing contact lenses:
- Talk to your eye doctor about the best cleaning solution for your contacts that’s also safe for your eyes.
- If you accidentally sleep with them in, use lubricating drops in the morning before trying to remove them.
- Remain calm in the event you cannot get your contacts out and stop sticking your finger in your eye, which can cause eye damage. Call your eye doctor as soon as you can to go in for assistance.
- Showering or swimming with your contacts in can lead to infection, possibly even damaging the cornea.
Fear not! Switching from wearing frames all the time to contacts is simpler than you think. When you are ready to change over, Dr. Jill’s Optical Shoppe can set you up with properly fitting contact lenses in Oshkosh, WI. We provide quality eye care in a comfortable environment and will see to all your contact lens needs, from the first pair and beyond.