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Contact lenses vs glasses: Why contacts may just be the best option!

Have you ever been fed up with wearing glasses and feel your life is restricted somehow?

Many people describe their glasses as ‘scaffolding’ on their face and lots of spectacle wearers hate the weight on their nose and also having red, sore marks on their noses from wearing them.

woman wearing contact lenses

The freedom of wearing contact lenses

Imagine playing sport and not worrying about having a restricted field of view or your glasses falling off your face when you smack that tennis ball! Even the dream situation of going to an important social function but not having to hide behind glasses so people can actually see your face’s natural beauty!

Most people with an eyesight problem will at least consider contact lenses, but then think “can I even put them in my eyes?” and “they must feel like having a foreign body in the eyes.”

It might be unnatural but not as scary as you would think

The truth is that putting something in the eyes IS probably one of the most unnatural things to do.

However, modern contact lenses are so much more comfortable nowadays that often we hear people say that they cannot even feel them in their eyes! That is honestly how reactions to the latest contact lenses are, even for brand new wearers who have never worn them before.

Contact lens types

You may be wondering how this is possible? Although there are different types of contact lenses, on average they can have a 50% water content, and this can go to approximately over 75% in some brands. This combined with a plastic hydrogel polymer makes an extremely soft substance that often is described as having a jelly-like feel.

Place a soft contact lens in your hand or between your fingers and you can bend the edges together with ease.

So why do we hear a lot of people say they feel occasional discomfort in their eyes when they wear their contact lenses? We all know that water evaporates if you leave a small droplet of water on a surface as it will not stay there and soon form part of the air in the room. Contact lenses also will dehydrate throughout the day slightly, and if you are a dry-eye sufferer there may be a slight awareness by the evening. Is this a problem? No, because the type of contact lens that will be issued to you will be according to whether you have dry eyes and how long you wish to wear contact lenses for. In fact, even if you have dry eyes you can still usually be able to use contact lenses for a few hours to a social function, or that all-important game of sport, or to the gym.

If someone produces a lot of tears and does not suffer dry eyes then they will often be fine with a basic grade of the contact lens. However, even if you are a dry-eye sufferer or have sensitive eyes, with some of the modern thin daily disposable contact lenses available, it is always still worth contacting us to trial contact lenses, as there are solutions and options. You will never know until you try them!

Wearing contacts all day

What about if you wish to wear contact lenses for a long day out? We would recommend some high-quality contact lenses that are better at holding their moisture than some of the basic entry-level ones, and with a combination of perhaps using comfort drops, there is a high chance you will still be able to enjoy contact lens wear.

So imagine that, being free of spectacles to do your favourite leisure or social activity without the common daily problems – including the British weather – when, with spectacles, we have to worry about the rain ruining our view!

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