This year I'll "celebrate" 40 years of wearing hard, or more accurately, gas permeable lenses!
Actually, on balance, it is fair to say "celebrate"; the quality of vision and practicality of lenses have been far better than glasses with my prescription for short sight and astigmatism. So overall, a positive experience, but one that did require application and perseverance to achieve.
The thought of putting a small plastic disc in each eye was off-putting to say the least at the start, but a few sessions with a hypnotist helped to at least get me to the opticians for the test in the first place!
After that it was about 4 weeks of sheer misery, building up the pain and tolerance until I could wear them for the whole day. Other setbacks have been an optician who made lenses that literally stuck to my eyes, meaning a few trips in succession to A&E, where the receptionist ending up addressing me by name when I walked in, plus a few instances of the lens disappearing off the centre of my eye and coming to rest somewhere behind my eyelids - although the (by then replacement) optician did teach my wife how to retrieve it if I couldn't!
So, if you can get past all of that, the main advice I'd give is first of all hygiene is paramount, don't reuse solutions, or like a friend of mine did, use saliva to save money, and secondly, don't fall asleep, other than perhaps a short nap, with the lenses in!
i have been wearing hard lenses since I was 11 years old (I'm now 29). They were chosen for me as the best possible type of lenses by my Optician. Hard lenses can apparently help to slow down your deterioration of sight - and mine was deteriorating at an alarming rate! When I first got my lenses there was a choice between Hard and Soft lenses only. There is far more choice on the market now, disposasbles (monthly, daily etc) hard, Soft, gas permeable etc. so why do I stick to my Hard lenses, especially when Opticians now often do not stock them. Firstly, I'm comfortable with them. The do what they are supposed to do - help me see. I am not dis-satisifed with them, so why change? Secondly, cost. The products which are required to keep other types of lenses clean and ready for use are *far* more expensive. Disposable lenses are probably the most expensive of the lot, and I hate the idea of being wasteful and throwing things away, so they are not for me. the only other type of lens that i would consider is gas permeable, which I understand is the closest to hard Lenses. However when I asked my Optician what were the advantages of GP or Hard lenses, he could not give me an answer. Until someone can give me a solid definite advantage, I'll stick to what I know. if it ain't broke don't fix it!