I’ve had glasses since I was ten years old. I hated wearing them growing up. I tried to switch to contact lenses when I was a teenager, but the idea of putting something [willingly] in my eye terrified me. Years later, I wanted to try contact lenses again. Read about my experience with wearing contact lenses for the first time.
Why Switch to Contacts?
Here are some of the reasons I wanted to wear contact lenses:
- Wedding – when the time comes that I get married, I don’t want to wear glasses for my wedding. Obviously, I still want to be able to see. I have more than a year until my wedding, which I wanted plenty of time to get used to wearing contacts before the big day.
- COVID-19 – There was a huge struggle for me during the pandemic while wearing glasses and a mask: my glasses were always fogging up! Even though mask restrictions are being lifted, going through that experience made me want to try contacts.
- Sports – I hate wearing glasses while playing sports. It always feels like they’re falling off. As my vision got worse, I realized that I needed to find an option to see while playing.
My eye doctor gave me a schedule to get used to wearing contacts. I had five days before my next checkup with them to try out my contact lenses. Since my contacts are a different prescription for each eye, I had to make sure I put the correct contact lens in each eye. I was given one-day contact lenses since I wasn’t planning to wear them on a daily basis. I documented my experience and thoughts with contact lenses on my TikTok.
I had a difficult time putting my contact lenses in. I know practice makes perfect, but it was still frustrating. Whenever I got close to putting them in, my eyes would blink too soon and would need to start over again. I noticed that it was always challenging to put my contact in on the left side; it took me 30 minutes one day! I was feeling anxious each time I had to put my contacts in, and dreading how long it would take me. In addition, it felt like I needed to blink a lot more than when I was wearing my glasses.
I’m glad I opted to try contact lenses. I realized that it was much easier for me to put contact lenses in while looking down in a mirror instead of straight ahead. Will I be wearing contacts every day? Absolutely not. However, I appreciate that I have that option now. If I’m working on my computer, I will still need to wear glasses in regards to blocking blue light, however, I can just get a pair of blue blockers and wear those with my contacts.
Do you have any tips or tricks while putting in contacts? Let me know in the comments!