How to Get Used to Wearing Contacts

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Get used to wearing contacts by gradually increasing the amount of time you spend wearing your lenses. Ease your eyes into a new routine with the useful tips provided by a certified ophthalmic assistant in this free video on how to get used to wearing contacts.

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Hi, this is Cristen with Cool Springs Eye Care in Franklin, Tennessee, and I'm going to talk to you about how to get used to wearing your contacts. Whether you are wearing soft or hard contacts it takes a little while for your eye to get used to wearing a lens. So, you want to gradually increase your wear time as the days go by. The first day you wear your lenses, only wear them for two to four hours, depending on how you feel. If your eyes are telling you to take the lenses out, or if they are becoming red, dry, irritated, scratchy, burning, watering, take the lenses out. Even if it only has been about two hours, 'cause you don't want to push it. Every succeeding day, you can increase your wear time by another one to two hours per day until you've gradually worked up to being able to wear them all day long. One of the things that may make it harder to wear your lenses all day is if your eyes get dry, you'll notice that your vision fluctuates and your lenses just aren't as comfortable. Also, if your lenses fall out on their own, that can be an indicator that they are getting dry. Your eye care practitioner should give you some re-wetting drops that you can use with your lenses. You can put them in right on top of your lenses, and that will help to keep you from getting the dryness, redness and irritation, and from your lenses popping out of your eyes. So, that's how you become more comfortable wearing your contact lenses.

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