Whether you’re getting ready to pick up your very first pair of contact lenses or are simply switching to a different brand, it’s important to allow yourself a few days to become accustomed to new lenses. Although your optometrist will do his or her best to find the perfect brand and style of contacts to fit your eye, discomfort may still persist. Here are several ways that you can get past discomfort as you get used to your new contact lenses:
Hydrate Your Eyes
One of the most common causes of discomfort for contact lens wearers is excessive dryness. Fortunately, this is also one of the easiest problems to remedy. If you’re experiencing itchy, dry eyes, place one to two drops of artificial tears in your eyes. Be sure to consult the optometrist at your Long Island eyeglasses retailer about the brand of eye drops to use, as some may be better suited for use with contacts.
Change Lenses Regularly
Another way to avoid pain and discomfort associated with wearing a new pair of contacts is to change them out regularly. Leaving contact lenses in too long can potentially result in infection. Be sure to wear your contacts as directed, paying attention to how long they should be worn each day, how they should be stored, and when they should be replaced. Some lenses can be used for up to a month, while others should be replaced weekly; because suggested use for contacts varies so widely, always consult an optometrist.
Improve Your Daily Eating Habits
This may come as a surprise, but improving your diet can effectively eliminate pain associated with contact lens use. Taking healthy dietary supplements each day, such as Omega-3 fatty acids and flaxseed oil, is a simple way to increase tear production, thereby moisturizing the eye and reducing discomfort.
If you experience extreme discomfort when wearing your contact lenses, be sure to contact Wize Eyes. Our professionals can determine whether or not you’d be better served by a new pair to help alleviate your pain symptoms. To schedule a consultation at one of our Long Island stores, call (415) 358-0040.