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Learning the ins and outs of contact lenses can be tricky. That's why we've partnered with OPTI-FREE® to share how one editor learned to love her lenses.

I still remember my first important visit to the eye doctor.

I was a dorky (albeit charming) 7-year-old, suffering my way through my awkward stage. My baby hair, which used to be blond and curly, was slowly fading to a muddy brown with more frizz than spiral. And somehow, I vividly remember thinking glasses were the answer. I think even in the second grade you're always looking for that thing that will set you apart, make you stand out in the crowd, make you . . . you.

So I begged my mom to take me to the eye doctor. I lied about what lines I could and could not read on the chart. And I walked out of there with a fresh pair of wire-framed lenses. For those wondering, the frames were white with pink and purple specks — chic.

I quickly learned that the allure of glasses wasn't all it was cracked up to be. After a particularly awful pair of transition lenses in the sixth grade, that was it. I was done. I consequently spent the next five years asking for contact lenses. My father and older sister both wore contacts, and I remember my mom telling me that they were a big responsibility, and I needed to be more "mature." I was in sixth grade when I finally got the green light, and that's when I had my second most important visit to the eye doctor.

Visiting the eye doctor at this point was a family affair. We chatted and caught up, she told my mom that she had tried her carrot cake recipe, and I told her stories from Summer camp. It wasn't until the end of the visit that the doctor took me to the office mirror and taught me the right way to put in my contacts, take them out, and clean them.

I was nervous to start wearing them at first. But after a few tries under the careful supervision of my dad, I finally had my whole morning and evening routine down.

I've never had any problems with my contacts. In fact, I always feel more alert and awake while wearing my contacts versus my glasses. Ahead are the tips my eye doctor taught me about contact lens care that first time and a few lessons I've picked up along the way.