What to Expect When Transitioning from Glasses to Contact Lenses?

It can be quite a journey to go from wearing eyeglasses to contact lenses. There is more convenience and freedom to be experienced but there will be a new set of responsibilities when it comes to taking care of the contact lenses.

There are different types

Of contact lenses such as daily disposables, hybrid contact lenses, contact lenses for astigmatism etc. No matter what type you will be wearing, there will be some time for your eyes to adapt to the new sensation. You will experience some minor discomfort in the beginning or irritation but this will be an initial adjustment period. It can take some experimentation to find the right type of contact lenses for you depending on your lifestyle and vision needs. Your optometrist will ask you about your requirements and work with you in order to choose the best type of lenses and the fit along with the right prescription strength for optimal clarity and comfort. There is a learning curve when it comes to mastering inserting and removing the contact lenses. You can spend a bit of time to learn the proper techniques for this and how to handle them in order to minimise risk of discomfort.

Glasses tend to obstruct your peripheral vision

But this is not an issue with contact lenses. You will have a wider field of view with this so that your vision will feel more natural and immersive. You will need to get used to an enhanced sense of spatial awareness if this is your first time wearing contact lenses and this will improve your depth perception as well. There is a greater freedom of movement allowed by contact lenses and this allows you to go about your daily routine easily and also engage in outdoor activities and sports. You will no longer have to worry about your frames slipping or lenses becoming fogged. As contact lenses offer a more natural appearance compared to wearing eyeglasses, your features will be showcased more prominently and you will need some time to get used to it. Your face will no longer be obscured by frames and this can improve your overall appearance.


Can also cause visual distortion as a result of imperfections in the lenses and reflections. But you will have a clear view without interruptions to enjoy the world around you. You will be able to enjoy crisp vision without having to worry about lens reflection or glare. But it is important to maintain proper care and maintenance so that the contact lenses can be worn for a long time. The contact lenses should be cleaned and disinfected regularly and you need to stick to the recommended replacement schedule so that you can avoid eye infections. There can also be some lifestyle adjustments that come with contact lenses. For example, you will need to have a lens case on you along with contact lens solution and you have to be careful when engaging in activities that can be risky to the lenses such as using hot tubs or swimming.

Donte Sutton
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