Let’s Talk About Contacts | Everything You Need To Know For a First Timer.

Let’s talk about contacts everyone! I’m a first timer and thought that this would be super helpful for anyone starting to think of making the switch or even have children who might be thinking about making the switch from glasses to the occasional use of contact lenses. 

In a lot of ways, they can be so beneficial. To anyone who plays sports or can’t always wear glasses. This is a really great option to look into. For my first pair, I started with CooperVision® clariti™ 1 day. Very comfortable, easy to put in and take out. With UV blocking1! They’re worn and disposed of daily, which means no need for cleaning or storing – hassle free! Found at IRIS Vision.

Another really cool aspect with these clariti 1 day contact lenses is that they are made of silicone hydrogel which allows more oxygen to pass through your lenses to your cornea. Advantages to that is more oxygen for whiter2 and brighter eyes. clariti 1 day also provides all day comfort! I would definitely recommend this brand for any first timer, or anyone having issues with their current brand of contact lenses. 

Tips 

· Don’t sleep with contact lenses in your eyes 

· Keep your contacts & case clean 

· Use fresh, clean solution and daily disposable contacts every use 

· Never share your contact lenses with anyone! 

· Apply hypo-allergenic make-up before placing contact lenses in 

· Try not to rub your eyes with contact lenses in

Best Way To Put Them In 

· Using soap and water, wash and thoroughly dry your hands 

· Lay out paper towel, your mirror, and whatever else you may need 

· Take the contact lens out of the blister package 

· Place the lens on your index finger of your dominant hand. 

· With two fingers from your non-dominant hand, open your eyes on each, gently holding up your upper eyelid and holding down your lower eyelid 

· Place the contact inside. Blink a few times and let it position its way in and feel comfortable! 

Best Way To Take Them Out 

· Using soap and water, wash and thoroughly dry your hands 

· Place your finger slowly and gently over the contact and make its way down the end of your eyelid. Lifting it up and popping out!

Once I got the hang of it, inserting and removing my new contacts just came so easily. It really takes some practice and good hygiene. For myself I was at first very nervous to touch my eye, haha but also with practice, eventually it didn’t even bother me anymore. Once in, it felt so nice to just wear all day! 

For children, it really is all about their age and responsibility, and also willingness to try it. For Owen, he’s 10 but knows he’s not ready yet. So, we are going to wait it out a little longer until he feels comfortable enough to wear them on his own. 

There are no age limits when it comes to wearing contact lenses. It does take time to get use to them. But once you get it, it’s like riding a bicycle – it feels natural! If at any point you feel like you might need some extra help or have questions, don’t hesitate to contact your local IRIS visual group. They will assist you in some training, answer your questions and make sure there is an optometrist to check your eyes with your contacts in to make sure they look good or maybe need a slight change in your prescription! Either way, they are always there to give a helping hand!

References: 

1. Warning: UV-absorbing contact lenses are not substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear, such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses, because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. Patients should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed. 

2. CooperVision data on file; clariti 1 day offers whiter eyes than 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST®.

Keisha Lynne, xx

{Disclosure: this post was sponsored as part of a collaboration program with IRIS, however all opinions are my own}

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