I have been wearing contacts for a number of years, and I have learned a few tips and tricks that I’d like to share with you.
- Wash your face before you put on your lenses. We all know to wash our hands before putting in your contacts, but washing your face? Yes! When you wake up, you might have “eye snot” and/or “eye crispies” that can get stuck under your lenses and make you uncomfortable. Wash your face and be sure to get the eye debris out from around your eyes and eyelashes with a washcloth. Then, wash your hands. Also, put on any makeup or lotion AFTER you put in your lenses.
- Be open to RGP (rigid gas permeable) lenses. Most people today (me included) seem to wear soft lenses. But, if you have astigmatism or a very high prescription, you will probably get crisper and clearer vision with RGP lenses. They require a longer adjustment period than soft lenses but it might be worth it. They last a long time (around 2 years) if properly cared for so you could save money this way. Just look at RGP lenses as another option…do not be closed-minded towards them.
- Consider colored contacts for easier handling. I have always worn colored contacts. I have seen clear lenses floating in a lens case and wondered how people even see them to deal with them. Colored lenses are easier to see if you drop them. They also tend to be a little thicker which means that they are less likely to tear when you are cleaning them. Also, the way that the colored patterns are printed makes it easier to tell if the lens is inside out. If you have to wear corrective lenses anyway, then you might as well have fun with them! I have worn every shade from honey to purple!
- Consider using generic cleaning solution…but rinse it off with saline. I went to the local Dollar General and saw that a little bottle of Renu was $8. Meanwhile, a huge bottle of generic Rexall Multipurpose Solution was only $3. Some people say that the generic formulas are an older version of the newer brand name systems on the market. They say that the preservatives in the generic irritate their eyes or the generic solution doesn’t condition the lenses as well. To rinse off the preservatives, I simply rinse my lenses in saline solution before I put them on in the morning. I don’t need to use very much saline. This system is much cheaper than buying brand name solution. You might not want to do this, but it is just something to think about.
- Be care what soap you use to wash your hands! Soap with extra moisturizers or too many fancy ingredients can transfer to your lenses and irritate your eyes. I use “see through” liquid soaps and I have had no problems. They can be colored, but must be translucent. I do not use opaque soaps because they might have too many moisturizers in them that will transfer to the lenses.DISCLAIMER—I am not a doctor…this information is posted just to give you some things to think about.