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Why Wear Contact Lenses?



A large proportion of the population suffers from poor eyesight. In fact, there are probably a lot more long and short-sighted people than you think as many wear contact lenses all the time.

However, there are also many people who stick to glasses or who don’t wear anything at all because their eyesight isn’t too bad. Why might these people think about getting some contact lenses?


This is probably the most common reason for opting for contact lenses. Most people feel they look better without glasses than with them. Indeed, it is something of a joke in films that a girl with glasses will become infinitely more attractive the moment she removes them. While this is perhaps a little unfair on glasses-wearers, we can still generalize and say that for the most part people look better without glasses. Contact lenses provide an easy way to achieve this. For this reason, some people wear contact lenses daily, while others reserve them for special occasions.


People tend to think of lenses as being uncomfortable, but most types are all but unnoticeable once they’ve been in for a few minutes. Set against that is the fact glasses can pinch the nose and leave light grooves in the sides of your face. It’s nothing serious, but it’s wrong to think that glasses are always the more comfortable option.


With the correct prescription, your vision should be as good with contact lenses as it is with glasses, but there are added benefits on top of that. For a start, you don’t have to worry about weather conditions. If it starts raining, your lenses won’t become dappled with raindrops and if it’s the depths of winter, you don’t have to face that infuriating situation when you walk into a warm building only to immediately lose your vision as your lenses steam up. You will also have better peripheral vision. If you move your eyes and not your head while wearing glasses, you can often find that you are looking around or over your glasses, in which case you will be unable to see. This doesn’t happen with contacts as they move with your eyes.


The peripheral vision aspect is particularly important if you are playing sport. It depends on what you are playing, but you are highly likely to experience many situations where your glasses aren’t correctly positioned so that you can see the ball or whatever you need to see. Sport often demands that you get into unusual positions and you may well find that your glasses really aren’t doing the job. There is also the safety aspect. Some sports simply cannot be played in glasses, because you are liable to break them or injure yourself or someone else.

Contact lenses aren’t necessarily for everyone, but even those who wear glasses the majority of the time will often find there are certain circumstances where contacts work better for them. If nothing else, it pays to have the option available to you.