Transitioning to Contact Lenses

For more information on contact lenses or to schedule a custom fitting, call KLM Eye MDs at 718-489-9869, or request an appoi

Are you ready to ditch your glasses for contact lens? After all, guys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses, right?. While that’s (most likely) not true, about two-thirds of the 45 million people in the US who wear glasses are female. So, who knows?

In truth, there are a whole host of reasons to transition from wearing glasses to contact lenses, especially if you’re active. And these reasons aren’t just for women. 

Reasons to consider contact lenses

Contact lenses correct your vision just as glasses do, but they sit on the tops of your eyes instead of in front of them. If you’re prone to eye infections or dry eye or have bad allergies, contact lenses may not be the best choice for you.

If you’re active, play sports, don’t want to have to worry about your eyeglasses clashing with your outfit, then you should speak to your eye doctor about trying out contact lenses. Other benefits of contact lenses: They’re custom shaped for your eyes, they provide a wider field of view, and cause fewer vision distortions and obstructions than eyeglasses.

And we’re not done. Contacts don’t break, and there’s almost no chance you’ll forget them at home because you’re usually wearing them! For good measure, they also don’t get fogged up in the rain or slide off your face due to sweat in the heat and humidity.

How to comfortably transition from glasses to contact lenses

Ready to make the transition? It’s best to take it slow. You also need to commit to caring for them because they do require more maintenance than glasses. Here are some tips to make the transition as easy as possible.

Schedule a fitting appointment

To start with contact lenses, you need to schedule a fitting and consultation to find the right shape and lens for your vision problem. You can’t simply trade in your eyeglasses prescription for contact lenses.

Start with a few hours a day

To make the transition as easy and comfortable as possible, it’s important to ease into your new eyewear. Start with a few hours a day and then slowly build up, adding two hours every day until you feel comfortable and can wear them all day.

Give yourself more time in the morning 

Contact lenses take more time to put in than glasses take to put on. There’s cleaning and adjusting involved. Be sure to leave yourself a little extra time in the mornings, so you don’t feel rushed.

Follow the instructions

There are a variety of care instructions and dos and don’ts with contact lenses — don’t wear them while swimming, do clean them regularly, for example. If you follow the guidelines set out by your doctor, you’ll reduce your risk of infections or other eye issues.

Don’t toss your glasses

Just because you made the successful transition to contact lenses doesn’t mean you should ditch your glasses. It’s always a good idea to keep a pair around in case your eyes feel irritated, or you develop an infection, and you need to stop wearing contacts for a while.

For more information on contact lenses or to schedule a custom fitting, call KLM Eye MDs at 718-489-9869, or request an appointment using the convenient online booking feature. You can also send the team a message here on their website.

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