If you’re a contact lens newbie and are reading this article right after, then allow us to be the first to say congratulations! For those who used to wear glasses, wearing lenses can be a whole other experience. For the first couple of days, you’ll marvel at the small visual details that you may have never noticed before, including the small speck of color on bright green leaves and the dew on the grass in your lawn.

Yes, it truly is a great experience for first-time lens wearers, but it can also be a scary one at that as well.

You have to understand that contact lenses are advanced and delicate medical devices and your vision is one of the most priceless senses. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you learn to properly care for your lenses and ensure that your vision stays intact at all times.

So in order to enjoy a more comfortable, safe and happy life with your new lenses, here are five tips you need to keep in mind:

1.   Keep Your Lenses Clean

There are no shortcuts to cleaning your lenses. Your doctor will describe the proper instructions that are specific to the lens care regimen chosen for you. For instance, if you are told to use a multi-purpose solution, then make it a habit to rub your lenses every time you take them off and then place them into a fresh solution. Be careful not to top of the solution that’s already in the case.

When you get up in the morning to put your lenses on, empty out the case completely, rinse with fresh solution and then leave it uncapped and upside down, go on a paper towel to dry. Keep in mind that you should replace your lens case every 3 months.

If you feel as if this cleaning routine is bothersome, then ask your doctor for a daily disposable such as clariti® 1 day or MyDay®. The good thing about these lenses is that they can be thrown out every night in exchange for a fresh new pair every morning without having to deal with cleaning or storage.

2.   Relax

Many first-time lens wearers worry that they may scratch their eyes while putting their lens in – or worse – that the lens may get stuck behind their eye. In these situations, it would be best to remain calm. At first, it does seem quite frightening to insert and remove your lens, but as strange as it may seem, you shouldn’t be afraid to do as long as your hands are clean. Also, the inside of your eyelids is connected to the back of your eye, ensuring your lens won’t go back and be lost forever. Or you can also check out contactlenses4us.com/.

3.   Hydrate

Even if you don’t wear contact lenses, it’s crucial to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Also, depending on your environment and lifestyle, you should consider supplementing your fluid intake with rewetting drops for your eyes. For instance, people who waste away hours on their computer or are exposed to dry air, air-conditioning or heating often benefit from eye drops – even if they don’t wear lenses. More importantly, you need to make sure that you use cleaning fluid that is compatible with your lenses. It is vital you talk it out with your doctor.

4.   Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions

It may seem like a no-brainer but there are people who don’t follow the instructions of their eye physicians. You should not use any other products that aren’t suggested by your eye doctor. There is no substitute for lens care products even for store brand, without consulting your doctor first. The solution that your doctor gave you has been made specifically for your type of lens, so don’t make assumptions otherwise. Also, never forget about your timely appointments with your eye doctor.

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