Contact lenses in everyday life
It all sounds very straightforward if not scary when you discuss wearing contact lenses with your optometrist. Once you get confident though, you will want to carry on with your life, with your habits and routines that now somehow need to fit wearing contacts as well. So what can you do, and what should you be aware, when adjusting to a new life with contact lenses? Can you ever have those long gel nails again? What’s the order of applying make-up and putting in your lens? Do you need to prepare for not sleeping at home? Do you need to wear shades with UV-blocking contacts? There are a bunch of questions arising after you’ve mastered the basics. The important thing to remember is that lenses are a medical device, where your doctors’ instructions need to be thoroughly followed especially when it comes to cleaning. Many first-time lens wearers are afraid of scratching their eye, or that the lens might get stuck behind their eye somehow. In truth, the danger of poor hygiene is more likely to cause infections if cleaning is not taken seriously. So take proper care. You don’t need to limit yourself, or your lifestyle, just be mindful in general. Here are a few cases to help you find the right mindset.
Contact lenses at a sleepover
This is a tricky situation. As you need to store your contact lenses in solution, an unexpected invitation for staying over can cause a dilemma. You don’t want to be the person, who declines an invitation just because you don’t have your lens-kit with you, but on the other hand, how will you abide the optometrists’ instructions? The best is to simply always have a bit of solution with you. In any case you should get into the habit of having your glasses and your container with you at all times. Your eyes could get tired, you could get an eyelash stuck underneath, there are plenty of reasons, why you might need to take your lens out, and so it’s always good to have your glasses and a small bottle of solution handy. It’s not exactly the best idea to borrow solution from another person also wearing contact lenses as there are different solutions for different types of lenses. And you should definitely not store your contact lenses in any other liquid then solution. It’s not only a question of keeping the lenses from drying out. Solution also contains minerals that mimic the conditions of your eye water, keep the lens clean and preserved so you can keep using it as long as prescribed.
Contact lenses and the beauty industry
When still learning to put your contact lenses in and out, it’s highly recommended to cut your nails. Once you get used to it, you might experiment with letting your nails grow, so you have time to adjust and experiment at what length you start having issues. Long nails are especially hindering when removing your contact lenses. You can learn to use the side of your finger pads rather than the top or middle part, but it takes a lot of practice and patience.
Applying make-up is even trickier. You surely remember getting make-up in your eye at least once in your life. It is annoying. Even more so when wearing contact lenses. The make-up can stick to the lens itself instead of flushing out from your eyes, so you need to be even more careful not to get any of it in your eye. One golden rule is to put your contact lenses in before applying make-up. It’s a lot easier to avoid contact by following this order.
Make sure to use non-allergic make-up and prefer water based creams to oil based ones. Creams might irritate your eyes more than powders, but are less likely to get in your eye in general. If you do prefer to use powder based make-up, have your eyes shut when applying and brush off any excess powder thoroughly before opening them again. Never ever apply eyeliner between your eyes and lashes. This is not healthy to do without the use of lenses either. Always apply well away from your eye. Remove your lens first, make-up second, and make sure to replace it frequently. As bacteria can grow on your make-up, replace them at least every three months and don’t share it with others.
UV blocking contact lenses
There is such a thing as UV blocking agent contained within contact lenses. Not all of them do, but those, that do are clear and do not disturb vision. This means you can’t tell just by looking, you can ask your eye doctor, or read the package. UV blocking has been developed to increase protection of your eye, however it is not meant to replace sunglasses. Contact lenses only cover your cornea and not the full white of your eye. This means they leave a large portion unprotected. As excessive exposure to UV rays may be the cause of various eye conditions, it is important to wear sunglasses as well, and use UV blocking lenses only as a complementary protection.
One of the perks of not wearing your glasses anymore is being able to try out different sunglasses and finally wear glasses as an accessory, not because it’s necessary. Most shades are now equipped with UV blocking filters, just make sure to check the hinge for the UV filter sign before going home with another funky pear of beach glasses.