While there’s no same option for everyone, here are some of the ways that contact lenses can help to make life that little bit easier.
A contact lens sits directly on the surface of the eye, so wherever you look your entire field of vision stays in full focus, without the distortion, interference, or reflections you can sometimes experience when wearing glasses.
Different weather or temperatures also won’t bother you with contact lenses. You don’t have any rain splashes or get any annoying steam-ups while you’re cooking or coming inside from the cold. Your vision stays clear.
As well as the practical benefits, contact lenses are great for those times when you don’t want your eyes to be hidden. If you’re dressing up for an event, or just going for a different look you have the freedom to do so, without glasses getting in the way
If you exercise or play sports regularly, you could notice quite a difference wearing contact lenses rather than glasses.
As a rule, contact lenses and water don’t mix. Not only can they dislodge or come out, water-borne bacteria can attach themselves to your lenses and cause infections. So if you’re a regular swimmer, we’d recommend that you avoid wearing contact lenses, and instead invest in some prescription goggles.
If that’s not an option, daily disposable lenses are the safest type of lens for swimming.
There’s less chance of a bacteria build-up as you can take them out, throw them away and start again with a fresh pair.
For long journeys or holidays, it’s easiest to travel with daily disposable contact lenses.
You don’t have to worry about losing or damaging them while you’re away or making sure that you pack all the solutions you need – especially if you only have hand luggage. If you normally wear reusable lenses, it might be a good idea to ask your optometrist about switching to daily disposables during your trip.
The air conditioning and pressurised cabin makes wearing contact lenses for flights uncomfortable. Best to give your contact lenses a break especially for long haul flights.
It doesn’t matter whether you work in an office or not, we spend a lot of our time staring at phone screens, tablets, laptops, and televisions. You may not realize it, but this can put quite a strain on your eyes.
Blinking is your eyes’ natural way of keeping your eyes clean and moist. When you look at a screen all day, especially if you’re concentrating, your blink rate reduces. Coupled with an air-conditioned office environment, this can cause your eyes to dry out and become uncomfortable.
Always remove your lenses before you take your make-up off. This ensures that you don’t get any make-up on the lens which will make it more difficult to clean, or will stick to your lens increasing the chances of infection or irritation. Daily disposable lenses are a great option, as you can start fresh with a new lens everyday without the hassle of cleaning them.
If reusable lenses are more your thing, then make sure you’re diligent with cleaning your lenses. Sticking to the routine recommended by your optometrist and regularly cleaning your contact lens case is your best protection.
If you find that your eyes aren’t feeling right, have a look at our eye health section where you can familiarise yourself with common conditions and their symptoms, as well as advice on what to do. But of course, if you’re ever really worried come and see us in store.
Continuing to use the wrong product could result in a number of eye conditions, including red eye, itchy eye, dry eye, or styes.
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