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Contact Lenses: Are Contacts For You?

Most people with vision correction needs can now wear contact lenses without encountering any problems. This is due to the advanced materials and lens care technologies, which have made contact lenses safer, easier to wear and quite comfortable.

Are you considering wearing contact lenses? There are a few factors you should consider before making a decision. Moreover, you should visit your optometrists, who will conduct a comprehensive eye examination to determine whether you require contact lenses, and the best lens option that suits your condition.

Am I The Right Candidate For Contact Lenses?

To determine your suitability for contact lenses, your eye doctor will ask the following questions. If your answer is yes to most of them, then, they will ask you to consider other options as wearing contacts may be difficult for you. If you are not affected by any of the factors below, you can go ahead and start wearing contacts.

  • Are you constantly in an environment prone to pollution; dust and chemicals?

  • Do your eyes get severely irritated by allergies?

  • Are your eyes are always dry?  This may be either from medications you are taking or if you’re pregnant

  • Are you are suffering from uncontrolled diabetes, overactive thyroid and severe arthritis?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Wearing Contact Lenses?

Just like any other eye product, contact lenses also have their advantages and disadvantages. It’s best that you weigh the two before making the final decision.

Pros:

  • Better vision correction; obstruction from eyeglass frames is highly minimized

  • Contact lens wearers feel that the lenses bring out their eye features as opposed to eyeglasses

  • Provision of excellent peripheral vision

  • They do not fog up in warm rooms

  • Wearers do not experience splattering during rain showers

  • Wearers can also engage in sports and recreational activities at ease; no need to take them off

Cons:

  • Your eyes may become more sensitive to light

  • There is an adjustment period especially for new wearers; you may need up to a week to get used to soft lenses and much longer for rigid lenses

  • More hassle; contact lenses need to be regularly cleaned and disinfected.

What about Your Work and Lifestyle?

The kind of lifestyle you lead and your type of work are some of the key factors an optometrist will consider before making a determination, if you need contact lenses or not.

For instance, if you are involved in the sports and recreational industry, wearing contact lenses could be highly beneficial. They will not only improve your peripheral vision and do away with the problem of having fogged lenses or those filled with rain splatters, but contacts will also ensure you don’t worry about breaking your eye glasses anymore.

What’s more? Being a suitable candidate for contact lenses also indicates that you can wear non-prescription protective eye wear.

When it comes to occupation as a factor, you may consider wearing contact lenses if your work requires that you have a good peripheral vision. If you work in an environment which is easily polluted by dust or chemicals, you should consider eye glasses instead.

Do You Like Wearing Glasses?

This is one of those crucial questions you should ask yourself when it comes to choosing between eye glasses and contact lenses. Do you like how you look in glasses and how they feel?

If you do, then you can keep wearing glasses and only use contacts for special occasions, or when engaging in specific activities such as fashion and sports.

This has been made possible by major advancements in eye care, which have led to production of single- use, one day disposable contacts. They provide maximum comfort and don’t need cleaning like the rest. The best part? You can interchange them with eyeglasses whenever you want to.