There’s a lot of information out there about how to take care of your contacts but few articles focus on everything you need to know about wearing them. In this blog, we explain what it’s like to wear contacts and what you should know before you get them.

How Contacts Are Different from Glasses

The main difference between glasses and contact lenses is their positioning. Glasses are positioned a few millimetres away from the eyes, whereas contacts rest directly on the surface. Because of this positioning, contacts can provide a wider field of view than lenses. They also won’t fog up in the rain or move around like glasses will, making them an excellent choice for active individuals and athletes. You’ll never have to worry about them falling off or getting in the way, which can be a big bonus. 

Determining If You’re Eligible

Not everyone can wear contacts. Your eyes need to be healthy to use them because they touch and cover the eye. The shape of your eyes might also prevent a safe insertion of the lenses. Some people are also allergic to the lenses and the disinfecting solution, and others can suffer from conditions like dry eye syndrome and severe nearsightedness that limits the effectiveness of contacts. To determine if you are eligible, you’ll need to go through a comprehensive eye exam first. If you qualify, the optometrist will take the necessary measurements to properly fit you with a pair that matches your eye condition. 

How to Wear Contacts 

Once you receive your first pair of contacts, you’ll need to learn how to properly wear them as there’s a right way and a wrong way to wear them. Here are just some of the things you’ll need to do in order to wear your contact lenses safely and correctly:

  • Avoid putting them on inside out or mixing them up
  • Never wear them if you are unwell or your eyes are red or infected
  • Always wash your hands and dry them before you handle the lens
  • Always read the instructions as not all solutions are safe to use with all lens types
  • Never rinse your lenses with water from the tap as it likely contains impurities
  • Always put the contact lenses on before you apply any makeup
  • Close your eyes when using aerosol sprays and hairspray
  • Avoid applying eyeliner between your lash and your eye
  • Remember to blink regularly to keep your lenses moist and clean
  • Always carry a storage case and solution with you wherever you go
  • Wear protective goggles when swimming or in an area where dust and sand can enter your eye

Are you ready to give contact lenses a try? Visit us at Laurier Optical today and we’ll test your eyes to see if you are eligible before fitting you with the perfect pair.