Think you know all about contact lenses? Think again. Contacts are no longer hard to handle or uncomfortable to wear. With the right lenses and the right advice, you’ll never look back. Here’s what you need to know before you ditch your glasses, and embrace the freedom of contacts:
1. Contact lenses shouldn’t hurt
It’s a common misconception that soft contact lenses can hurt or feel uncomfortable when you first use them, but this shouldn’t be the case. Soft contact lenses shouldn’t bother you, they can actually be worn comfortably all day long.¹ You may be aware of them in your eye when you first start wearing them, but they should never be painful.
2. Contact lenses won’t fall out
Some people worry that their contact lenses will fall out during the day, or get lost in the back of the eye. Touching or rubbing your eye normally won’t cause contact lenses to fall out. If you rub your eye really vigorously, contact lenses can occasionally fall out, but this is rare. As for the lenses getting lost in the back of the eye, this simply can not happen anatomically! If they are not on your eye, they are not lost in the back of they eye, they are most likely to have somehow fallen out!
3. Practice makes perfect
Some people are comfortable handling soft contact lenses immediately, while for others, it can take a bit of practice. It depends on a few things, such as how comfortable you are with touching your eyes (women who put on eye make up regularly tend to be better), your dexterity and eye size. Even the strength of your prescription can affect how long it might take you to get comfortable with applying and removing contact lenses. To help first time contact lens wearers, PRECISION1™ and PRECISION1™ for Astigmatism Contact Lenses come with a starter kit which has links to how-to videos, as well as frequently asked questions so you feel supported trying these contact lenses, even at home.
4. Not all contact lenses make your eyes dry
It’s true that some people may experience contact lens related dryness. This may happen when the tear film, which provides cushioning and lubrication for your eyelid and cornea with every blink, is not fully supported by the surface of the contact lens. The SMARTSURFACE® Technology on PRECISION1™ contact lenses supports the tear film on the lens surface² and studies have found PRECISION1™ contact lenses provide up to 16 hours of comfort.³,4 PRECISION1™ contact lenses are also made from a breathable material, which is important for the health of the eye.
5. You should have your prescription checked annually
Contact lenses are medical devices. This means you need to be fitted with a lens suited to your prescription, eye condition and lifestyle. Your optometrist can conduct an eye exam to check your eyes are healthy enough to begin wearing contact lenses. They’ll also determine your prescription and teach you how to wear and care for your lenses. Once you start wearing contact lenses, it’s important to attend an annual check-up to ensure there are no changes to the prescription and that your eyes are healthy.
6. You can wear normal eye makeup when you wear contact lenses
You can continue wearing your usual makeup with contact lenses. It’s best to put your contact lenses in before applying make up so you don’t get any fragments of makeup trapped underneath the lens. Also, if you’re long sighted it’s much easier to put on makeup when your lenses are already in!
7. Daily Disposable contact lenses can be more convenient
There are different modalities of soft contact lenses. Some are reusable and can be kept for two weeks or a month depending on the manufacturers’ instructions. Daily disposable lenses, such as PRECISION1™️ and PRECISION1™ for Astigmatism Contact Lenses are thrown away at the end of each day. Daily disposable lenses can be convenient as you don’t have to worry about cleaning the lens or the case at the end of the day and also reduce your chance of an eye infection as a new lens is worn each day.
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE.
PRECISION1™ and PRECISION1™ forAstigmatism Contact Lenses are daily disposable contact lenses intended for on-eye use in persons who need vision correction as determined and fitted by an eye care professional. Contact lenses should not be worn in conjunction with certain health or environmental conditions. Consult an eye care professional specifically regarding these or other conditions.
1. Grant T, Chang A, Chong Z, Eunhee J, Park B, Pandit K. Contact lens wearers have high satisfaction with SMARTSURFACE technology daily disposable contact lens. Optom Vis Sci; 2021;98:E-abstract 215064
2. Alcon, Data on file, 2019. PRECISION1™ (DDT2) Lens with Smart Surface study [A01660-REP-044605].
3. Alcon, Data on file, 2021. In a clinical trial to assess comfort and vision over 16 hours of wear with PRECISION1™ sphere contact lenses where n=35. [IIT #59917981]
4. Alcon, Data on file, 2021. In a clinical trial to assess comfort and vision over 16 hours of wear with PRECISION1™ for Astigmatism contact lenses where n=30. [IIT #64882539]
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