Dr. Jim Martin 12/10/2013

8689761_orig.pngThere are an array of benefits to using contacts lenses. Contacts can be much more convenient for your lifestyle, especially if you are active, play sports or spend a lot of time outside.

Contacts vs. Glasses

While glasses are preferred by some people, others may find contacts better suit their lifestyles and vision needs. When wearing glasses, you may be distracted by the weight of the glasses. The frames or edge of the lens may obstruct your vision. You may also notice a glare or reflection when wearing glasses, which can be quite irritating.

Contacts, on the other hand, may be more befitting of your lifestyle. For example, if you play sports, especially contact sports, glasses can get in the way and are a safety hazard. They allow for more ease of wear as well as a wider field of vision. Contacts don’t fog up and they won’t slip off your face while sweating. Many athletes prefer wearing contact lenses for a reason.

Some people prefer contact lenses in a social setting and feel more confident wearing them as opposed to glasses. This is especially true for children and adolescents. Contacts go with everything, so you don’t have to worry about having a matching or coordinating pair of glasses with every outfit.

Contact lens technology has seen a great deal of progress since they were introduced decades ago. Today, contacts can correct nearly every eyesight problem, including:

  • Myopia (short-sightedness)
  • Hyperopia (long-sightedness)
  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia (age-related reading problem).

Tips for Contact Lens Wearers

Always wear and replace your contacts as prescribed by your optometrist. Also be sure and wash your hands before touching contact lenses to avoid infection. Getting things such as hand lotion or perfume in your eyes can be quite irritating.

Clean and disinfect your contacts as prescribed by your eye doctor. Your doctor understands the interaction between the material used in your contact lens and a particular contact lens cleaning/disinfection product so as to give you the best care for your eyes and contacts.

Amarillo eye care specialists

The eye care team at Broome Optical in Amarillo, Texas offers a variety of options for contact lens wearers. You can choose from several contact lens colors and designs, as well as types. We offer soft and gas permeable contacts, as well as hybrid and sclera contacts. To make an appointment to be fitted for contact lenses, or to get a new prescription, contact our Amarillo eye care experts today.

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