Should I Wear Contact Lenses?

Contacts are appealing to those of us who need glasses because they offer a semblance of freedom, but unfortunately wearing contact lenses isn’t really suitable for everyone. There are numerous reasons for this including health conditions like dry eye syndrome, sometimes the shape of a person’s eye simply doesn’t allow for them to wear contacts, and sometimes individuals are so nearsighted that they simply cannot find contact lenses with a high enough power. On top of that, some folks might otherwise be fine with wearing contacts but happen to be allergic to the lens solution.

When the tear glands don’t produce sufficient tears, it is known as dry eye syndrome. While some types of contact lenses and eye drops are made to specifically address this problem, it’s not always enough to wear contact lenses comfortably. Even with the option of implanting tear plugs in their eyes, some people still can’t wear contacts because of their dry eyes.

Because the corrective power of contact lenses only goes up to a certain point, some people suffering from particularly severe nearsightedness may find it difficult to wear contact lenses. While these individuals will notice that their vision is corrected to an extent, sometimes the difference is just too much to make this practical for day to day usage.

Another reason that some people cannot use contact lenses is that they are simply allergic to the disinfectant solution or sometimes even the lenses themselves. What this means is that whenever the user puts their lenses into the solution overnight or to clean them, an allergic reaction occurs which results in irritation and subsequently too much discomfort for contacts to be a sensible option for the user.

Just because you aren’t allergic to the solution, have relatively normal eyesight, and don’t have dry eyes doesn’t mean that contacts are necessarily suitable. Some eye doctors say that people living with diabetes shouldn’t wear contacts either, simply because diabetics are more prone to infections meaning that there is more risk of an eye infection. Since people with diabetes would take longer to heal from an infection, it’s advisable to avoid such a risk caused by wearing contacts.

Since cosmetic lenses have come such a long way since their inception, sometimes even kids want to try them. Needless to say, this isn’t a very good idea at all and should be discouraged. Even if a child is interested and technically able to try contacts, starting to wear them before adolescence is strictly not advisable. Since children have sensitive eyes which are also very tender, they are more likely to suffer from an adverse reaction to contacts. Kids aren’t always the best about washing their hands properly or handling things, so of course this too poses a risk – and putting in contacts the wrong way could even damage the eye. Think about it: is your 8-year-old really that responsible?

Ultimately, the best authority on whether or not contact lenses would be suitable for you is your local optometrist. If you’re seriously considering contacts, you should go for a contact lens exam and fitting (there are several other measurements used for contacts which need to be taken aside from the power itself). Technology is constantly evolving and that includes in the field of contact lenses, so just because you couldn’t wear contacts ten years ago doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t do so now. So it might be a good idea to go and check them out if you want.

You shouldn’t get discouraged if you can’t wear contacts, though – eyeglasses are becoming more fashionable and the design of the frames as well as what’s in fashion changes from year to year. You can always look online for this season’s best eyewear, and you might even be impressed with what you find.

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