Contacts or Glasses, which are you?

Back when I was in 6th grade, I had to start wearing glasses.  When I was in eighth grade, the eye doctor told me that I could start wearing contacts.  Since then, I wear contacts daily and use my glasses right before bed and when I first wake up.  I love my soft contacts, and have tried different brands over the years.  My favorite ones are the disposable ones.  I thought the daily disposable contacts were too easily broken, but I love the monthly disposable ones.  If you wear glasses and haven’t tried contacts, go ahead, take the plunge, you’ll be glad you did!  Maybe the following information will help you in your decision.

Are you wearing the right contact lenses?

Have you ever uttered the words ‘I’d never get lenses or glasses’ or maybe ‘Contact lenses aren’t right for me’? If you have then the chances are, you haven’t found the right contact lenses for you.

Plenty of people give contact lenses a go and quickly return to their glasses and the main reason is that they find lenses uncomfortable. However, often, the reason why you find lenses uncomfortable has nothing to do with the lenses themselves. Factors that contribute to your lenses feeling uncomfortable include:
Length of wear – by switching to extended wear lenses many people find that contact lenses become considerably more comfortable, lifestyle often dictates our ability to change our lenses.
Environment – the type of environment you are in can have a huge effect on your lenses, consult your optician to find out if the lenses you have are suitable.
Tear fluid – research has shown that the air our eyes are exposed to between blinking creates a build up of deposits; this build up is higher depending on the length of time between blinking. Researchers found that the more tear fluid produced the less likely it was that deposits would build up and cause irritation.
Solution – try changing the solution you use with your lenses to see if this makes a difference to comfort.

There are, of course, a number of different options to pick from when choosing contact lenses.
Soft Lenses
These are the most commonly used lenses worldwide and can be used for nearsightedness, farsightedness, age related close-up vision loss, and blurred vision. This type of lenses adapts to the shape of your eye making them incredibly comfortable, perfect for playing sports or those who lead an active lifestyle.  Soft lenses come in different types; daily wear, extended wear, and disposable, to suit a range of lifestyles. Daily wear lenses are the cheapest and require removal at night whilst extended wear lenses can be worn whilst you sleep. Disposable lenses are the most expensive option and do not need to be cleaned or disinfected.

Hard Lenses
Also known as rigid, gas permeable lenses, this type of lens provides vision that is crisper and clearer for almost every vision problem. Hard lenses reduce the risk of infection as they are more breathable than soft lenses, but they must be removed every night to be cleaned and disinfected.

Specialised Lenses
Hybrid Lenses

If you’ve has trouble with hard lenses or have an irregular curvature of the cornea then hybrid lenses are for you. Hybrid lenses feature a hard center and a soft outer ring; the best of both worlds.

Tinted Lenses (I’ve tried these and liked them)

Tinted and colored lenses can be used to enhance the perception of colors, perfect for color blindness or sports.

Bifocal/Multifocal Lenses

This type of lens is available in both hard and soft varieties and can aid both nearsightedness and farsightedness.  It’s essential that you get the perfect fit for your contact lenses, visit your optician for specialist care.

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