If you are reading this section, you are probably considering wearing contact lenses for the first time.
You may also be wondering if there are any things you should be aware of before giving up your regular glasses and switching to contact lenses.
That’s normal! Let’s sort out the facts from the rumors, and dig deeper to answer the questions.
Are contact lenses better than regular glasses?
In most cases, this is purely a personal preference. If you’re comparing contact lenses to regular glasses, there’s no need to favor one over the other. Many people choose to wear contact lenses at certain times, such as when they are studying or working and switch to regular glasses at other times. You can also vary them a bit, such as wearing contact lenses one day and regular glasses the next.
Cleaning contact lenses: Is it hard to take care of them?
You’ll find that cleaning contact lenses doesn’t take much longer than cleaning regular glasses, just make sure you use a sterile contact lens solution, not tap water. The water in the bathroom sink may contain sediment that can accumulate on the lenses. This is something you never want to happen.
It is also very important not to put your contact lenses in your mouth or use saliva to clean them, as this will only increase bacteria and make the lenses dirtier and dirtier.
If you don’t want to clean them every night, you can consider disposing of your contact lenses every day.
Are contact lenses dangerous to use?
Contact lenses are safely worn by millions of people every day. Some first-time contact lens users are concerned that the lenses may slip behind their eyes. Rest assured, this is unlikely to happen. The clear conjunctiva that covers the surface of the eye will protect it.
However, it should be understood that contact lenses are a medical device and should only be prescribed and fitted by a licensed eye care practitioner/optometrist. Some people have injured their eyes by wearing novelty “Halloween” contact lenses.
Makeup and contact lenses: do you have to choose one or the other?
Makeup and contact lenses can co-exist if handled with care. It’s best to wear contact lenses first. Of course, you should be careful not to let makeup oils and other substances get on your contact lenses.
Accordingly, you should always wash your hands before touching your contact lenses, and you should not use soaps that are rich in fragrance and moisturizers. This can introduce excess substances into your contact lenses.
These are some of the most common contact lens problems among people considering switching to contact lenses for the first time. If you have any questions, please be sure to discuss them with your eye doctor, as each person’s situation is different.