Tips for First Time Color Contact Lens Wearers

These are basic guidelines and helpful tips on lens wear and care and are intended for informational purposes only.  Always follow your Eye Doctor's instructions for proper care and use of your color contacts.

  • Read "How To Care For Your New Colored Contacts" for step-by-step care instructions, how to disinfect your lenses before wearing them and how to store your lenses between uses.
  • Read "Putting In and Taking Off Colored Contacts" for detailed instructions on how to insert and remove your lenses safely.
  • Reaction of first time contact lens use can include: tearing, redness, sensitivity to light, itchiness, increased blinking, and movement of the lens.  Those with sensitive eyes might experience slight discomfort at first.  As your eyes adapt to wearing lenses these symptoms will gradually diminish.

Lens Wear Schedule 
First time lens wearers and those who only wear them very occasionally need to work up to a full day of wear by giving your eyes time to adjust.  You will have far more success and satisfaction with the lens if you follow the schedule below. 

  • Day One - 1 hour of wear 
  • Day Two - 2 hours of wear 
  • Day Three - 3 hours of wear
  • Day Four - 3 hour of wear 
  • Day Five - 3 hours of wear 
  • Day Six - 4 hours of wear
  • Day Seven - 5 hour of wear 
  • Day Eight - 6 to 8 hours of wear 

Guidelines and Good Lens Wearing Habits

Want to make the most of your contact lenses? For great vision and healthy, comfortable lens wear, keep these guidelines in mind.

  • Make sure to handle your lenses very carefully and never use your fingernails to pick up, pinch, or touch your lenses.  Colored contacts are very thin and fragile, if not handled gently they can easily rip, tear or scratch.
  • These lenses are for cosmetic purposes and should only be worn for 6 to 8 hours at a time, even if they feel comfortable.
  • Never sleep or nap while wearing your lenses.
  • Apply cosmetics after you insert your lens and remove cosmetics after removing your lenses. Water based cosmetics are less damaging to your lens then oil based.
  • Avoid handling of your lenses for too long before inserting them or you could cause an eye irritation.
  • Never swim while wearing your lenses. It is very likely that you will lose them and if not lost they may get contaminated.
  • Do not get lotions, creams or sprays in your eyes or on your lenses and avoid the presence of chemicals.
  • When washing your face at night, do so after you have first removed, cleaned and disinfected your contact lenses according to the directions.
  • Never skip in lens care. Just cleaning the lenses after each wear is not enough. If you don't wear your lenses every day you must still clean them and change the solution they are stored in twice per week.
  • Check out our "First Time Color Contact Lens Wearers FAQ" for the answers to many frequently asked questions.

Article ID: 115, Created On: 2/5/2013, Modified: 2/7/2013