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How to Get Used to New Contact Lenses

By Lisa Mooney ; Updated August 14, 2017
Woman putting in contact lens.

Contact lenses provide flexibility eyeglasses cannot give to those with vision issues. There are a variety of lenses manufactured for a variety of sight problems, as well as for cosmetic purposes. Almost everyone is now a candidate for some type of contact lens. Getting used to wearing contacts after you have grown accustomed to glasses can be somewhat difficult but a few simple measures can making wearing lenses comfortable quickly.

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Make sure the contact lens and your hands are clean. Wash your hands before inserting a new or cleansed lens to avoid getting debris on it, which could make wearing it uncomfortable. It is much easier to get used to wearing lenses when they are completely clean.

Wear your contact lenses for short periods of time when you are first getting used to them. All lenses take getting used to, but hard lenses tend to be the most uncomfortable and wearing them for short adjustment periods can help. Don't keep extended wear lenses on your eyes overnight while adapting to wearing them.

Keep your contact lenses hydrated to make them more comfortable. Use prepared drops that are made for the type of lens you're wearing. Follow the directions on the label for how many drops to insert and how frequently you can apply the product.

Reinsert a lens if it does not "feel" right the first time. Wash your hands again before touching the lenses and re-wet the lens with wetting solution or all-in-one solution before trying it on your eye again. Never use plain tap water when inserting or re-inserting lenses.

Center the lens on your iris to make it more comfortable to wear and easier to get used to wearing. Close your eyes and gently massage the lens into place if it is not centered when you first insert it. You will be able to feel when it is in the proper position.


Don't reuse the same disinfecting solution on your lenses. Don't wear eye cosmetics or other make-up near the eyes while you are getting used to wearing contact lenses. Consult your eye care specialist if you do not adapt to your lenses within three weeks. There may be an issue she can correct.

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About the Author

Lisa Mooney has been a professional writer for more than 18 years. She has worked with various clients including many Fortune 500 companies such as Pinkerton Inc. She has written for many publications including Woman's World, Boy's Life and Dark Horizons. Mooney holds bachelor's degrees in both English and biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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