How Long Does it Take to Get Used to Contact Lenses?
Making the switch over to contact lenses can at first be a bit daunting, I’ll never forget struggling to put my lenses in let alone take them out at the end of the day. Just as any change to our lifestyle, however small, it can be difficult to adapt when first starting out.
It’s no different with contact lenses. Except, it may also take your eyes a few days to adjust to wearing them.
Thankfully, top contact lenses brands nowadays are made up of either silicone hydrogel or hydrogel material. Both of which are highly-breathable and rest comfortably over the surface of your eyes. For most, it should only take your eyes a few days to settle in and get used to wearing your contact lenses.
Once your eyes have adjusted, life does become a lot simpler! You’ll most likely find that you soon prefer wearing contact lenses over glasses. Why? Well, they’re more convenient – especially in sport – you don’t need to worry about leaving them at home, they don’t compromise on style and all in all, they’re a lot cheaper than buying glasses, especially if you buy online.
But, making the switch over to contact lenses isn’t just whether your eyes feel comfortable wearing them. It’s also a case of making contact lens wear a part of your daily routine – putting them in in the morning, taking them out in the evening, storing them properly, cleaning them etc.
Are Contact Lenses Hard To Look After?
Although it may only take a few days for your eyes to adjust to wearing your contact lenses, does it take even longer to get used to maintaining and looking after them?
Well, if you go for daily lenses, not really! You simply throw these away once you’re finished wearing them at the end of the day.
On the other hand, monthly lenses and 2-weekly lenses do need caring for properly for the sake of your eye health and vision. Contact lens hygiene and maintenance is essential for keeping your lenses (and your eyes!) in good condition.
Now, this may mean an extra week or so to get used to cleaning and storing them, but it will soon become second nature to you. Be sure to check our guides on how to care for your contact lenses properly.
Overall, your optometrist should give you a timetable to gradually the length of time wearing your lenses. It may take up to a fortnight for you to reach the maximum wear time with gas-permeable lenses but for soft contact lenses it's usually much quicker. Once you have fully adjusted it just becomes part of your routine.