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Adjusting to Life With Contact Lenses: Tips for Healthy Eyes

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Getting contact lenses can not only improve your vision, they can also add convenience to your life. With contact lenses, you don’t have to worry about your eyeglasses slipping down your nose or getting in the way during physical activity.

Dr. Tanya Lau, OD, offers comprehensive contact lens services to fit you with the right type of contacts for your vision needs and overall health. Though she provides support and resources for all first-time contact lens wearers, Dr. Lau also offers the following tips to help everyone get the most out of their contacts and enjoy good eye health.

Practice makes perfect

Putting your contacts in for the first few times can be challenging. As long as you’re following Dr. Lau’s instructions for correctly putting in each lens, you will find the task to become easier each time.

Have some patience with yourself, and don’t rush the process. Eventually, you’ll be able to put the lenses in and take them out safely without even thinking about it.

Focus on hygiene

To protect your eye health and prolong the life of your contact lenses, make sure to clean them properly each time you take them out.

Start with washing your hands and rinsing off all soap residue before touching the lenses. Use the recommended contact cleaner to disinfect your lenses, and store your lenses in the right saline solution.

You may also want to add additional saline when putting your lenses in to prevent them from drying out your eyes or causing difficulties inserting them onto your eye.

Pay attention to your lens storage

There are plenty of contact lens-safe cases in which to store your lenses after each use. Dr. Lau can recommend the right type based on the kind of contacts you have.

Be sure to pay special attention to which lens goes in which side of the case. Most cases are already marked with an L and R for the left and right contact. Mixing up your lenses can create problems with your vision and cause irritation in your eye.

If you have only a slight prescription difference, you may not immediately notice vision disturbances, but switched lenses can lead to headaches and other eye issues.

Use caution with disposable contacts

If Dr. Lau fits you with disposable contact lenses, they can certainly add convenience to your life. However, if you aren’t removing, cleaning, and replacing disposable lenses properly, you may be increasing your risk for eye infections and other complications.

When you aren’t sure how long you can wear your lenses or if you can safely sleep with your contacts in, ask Dr. Lau for more information. Prolonged and incorrect use of disposable lenses can eventually cause damage that prevents you from wearing contacts again.

Address eye dryness properly

If your eyes become dry while wearing contact lenses, be sure to only use recommended rewetting eye drops that’s formulated for your type of contact. Using other types of drops not meant for contacts can damage the lens or your eye.

It’s also important that you avoid rubbing dry, itchy eyes as that can also damage your lens and the surface of your eye.

If chronic dryness is an issue while wearing contacts, speak with Dr. Lau as soon as possible. She may recommend a different type of lens and a comprehensive eye exam to ensure dryness isn’t a sign of a more serious condition.

For other questions about contact lens care, contact Mission Viejo Optometric Center today by phone or using the online booking feature.


Written by Dr. Tanya Lau

Dr. Tanya Lau of Mission Viejo Optometric Center in Mission Viejo, California was born and raised in San Francisco and has been living in Southern California since 2012. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and double majored in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and Psychology. She earned her doctorate in optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum in 2016. She completed her professional internships at Lawton Indian Health Hospital in Oklahoma, Palo Alto Veteran Affairs in California, and Camp Zama United States Armed Forces in Japan.
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