Tips For Adjusting To A New Prescription For Contact Lenses

If your prescription has changed drastically since your last eye exam, you may need some time to adjust to your new prescription contacts. During the adjustment period, you might feel dizzy, overly stimulated, or nauseous, and you may develop headaches or mild eye discomfort. These symptoms are normal and typically resolve within a few days, although some symptoms persist for several weeks.   

Wear Your Contacts Often

It can be tempting to remove your contacts every time symptoms appear, but this makes it difficult for your eyes to adjust to the new prescription. Talk to a professional optician to determine how many hours a day you should leave the contacts in your eyes. An eye doctor may also recommend a period of gradual adjustment, which is when you wear the contacts for a few hours at a time, then take a brief break before reinserting them.

Your eye specialist may also recommend alternating between prescription glasses and prescription contact lenses. This helps your doctor figure out whether you are having a hard time adjusting to the prescription itself or the contacts.

Keep Your Contacts Clean

Smudged contacts may create the illusion of blurred vision, and debris can irritate sensitive eyes. If your new contacts hurt your eyes or affect your vision in an unusual way, take them out and clean them. Your eye care provider can recommend a specific cleaning routine, or you can purchase a cleaning solution designed specifically for contact lenses. Make sure you specify which type of contacts you wear, such as soft lenses or permeable lenses, before you purchase optical goods.

Disposable lenses are typically discarded after one use, but it's still important to figure out if dirty lenses are the culprit behind your difficult adjustment period. If you wear disposable lenses, examine them for signs of debris before tossing them into the trash can.  

Hydrate Your Eyes

Dry eyes cause symptoms that mimic the some of the symptoms of contact lens adjustment, including blurred vision and eye strain. Eliminate dryness by applying eye drops to your parched peepers. Make sure you choose a formula that's safe for contact lens wearers, and read the instructions to figure out whether you apply the drops before or after you insert your contacts.  

Verify Your Prescription

If the tips above don't work, it might be time to get your prescription rechecked. Think about factors that may have contributed to an inaccurate vision assessment, such as eye fatigue from lack of sleep, medications that impact vision, or temporary medical conditions that worsen vision. Talk to a skilled optometrist about your concerns to determine whether you can benefit from verifying your current prescription. 

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