Wearing contact lenses
Reasons for wearing contact lenses
- Contact lenses may give better vision than spectacles for some visual conditions like severe short-sightedness, long-sightedness, corneal distortion or after cataract removal.
- Some people like the wider field of view given by contact lenses, as the side vision is not blocked by spectacle frames. Contact lenses do not fog up with changes in temperature or from perspiration, and are not affected by rain.
- Some people choose contact lenses because they think glasses make them look less attractive or they find spectacles annoying. Sports players and people involved in vigorous activities often find contact lenses more convenient than spectacles, especially for water sports and contact sports.
Contact lenses are not for everybody
You might not be able to wear contact lenses if:
- Your eyes are drier than normal.
- You suffer from allergies.
- You have a particular illness, such as arthritis or diabetes.
- You work with chemicals.
- You live or work in a dusty environment.
- The curvature of your eyes is not within contact lens range.