5 Tips for Transitioning From Glasses to Contacts

Wearing prescription glasses daily to correct your vision comes with some unique annoyances. Sometimes glasses slip down, break, or get foggy in bad weather. 

Glasses provide great vision correction, but they can be impractical if you want to play sports, swim, or run. Here in sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico, they can even make it more challenging for you to wear appropriate sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. 

That’s where contact lenses come in. These safe and effective vision solutions can be a full-time alternative to glasses or simply an option to wear on more active days. 

Whether you want to make the switch to contacts or just want the option to wear them when needed, Accent Vision Specialists can help. Dr. Dwight Thibodeaux and Dr. Paul Tachau have years of combined experience in helping patients transition from eye glasses to contact lenses.

Our team can help fit you with comfortable contacts and glasses so you can see clearly in all situations. Here are our top five tips to help make the transition from glasses to contacts as smooth as possible. 

1. Keep things clean 

It’s essential to wash your hands every time you handle your contact lenses. Not only does this keep your contacts and eyes free of dirt and debris, but this can also prevent eye infections and irritation. 

After washing your hands, place the contact on your clean fingertip and carefully position the lens on your eye. We can show you how to do this during your lens fitting appointment at our office and help you practice until you get the hang of it. 

Before removing your lens, remember to wash your hands again. By washing your hands before inserting, removing, or adjusting your lenses, you’re preventing dangerous germs from being transferred to your delicate eye tissue. 

2. Start slow 

When wearing contact lenses, it takes time to adjust to wearing them for a full day. While you might be excited to wear your new contacts to an event or activity, it can take a week or two to build up to wearing regularly. 

We recommend that you start by wearing your lenses for a few hours each morning, switching to glasses for the afternoon. Each day, you can add another hour to your wearing time as long as you feel comfortable. 

At first, you might notice some discomfort because of dryness as your eyes adjust. Our team can recommend hydrating eye drops if you need them. Eventually, you should be able to wear your lenses comfortably for a full day. 

3. Be patient

Because transitioning from glasses to contacts takes time, avoid scheduling any important sports activities or events where you’d want to wear contacts before you get used to your new lenses. 

If you have an eye condition such as astigmatism, presbyopia, or keratoconus, it’s especially important to take the time to gradually adjust to wearing contacts. With these conditions, you might need specialized contact lenses such as bifocal contacts, multifocal contacts, toric lenses, or scleral lenses. 

4. Don’t get mixed up

Most people have small to moderate differences in their prescriptions between their two eyes. Wearing the wrong lens can lead to eye strain, headaches, and blurry vision. 

The best way to avoid mixing your lenses up is to follow a routine. Keep your left and right lenses in their respective sides of your contact lens case. Most cases are marked with an “L” and an “R” for this purpose. 

When you put your lenses in or take them out, get in the habit of always doing the same lens first. Whether you start with your left lens or your right lens doesn’t matter — as long as you always start with the same side. 

5. Get a good pair of sunglasses

Most contacts don’t protect your eyes from the sun, so your eyes are exposed to harmful ultraviolet rays that can lead to vision degeneration. We recommend that you wear sunglasses even on overcast days to protect your eyes from invisible UV rays. Make sure you choose sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection.

Contact lenses are a great way to correct your vision without the setbacks of glasses. Contacts can also help boost your confidence during special events such as weddings or proms. 

Here at Accent Vision Specialists, our team is ready to help you make the transition from glasses to contact lenses. Call us today at 505-984-8989 to schedule your comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting.

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