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Wearing Contact Lenses - What Do I Need To Know About Contact Lens Wear?

Aug 17, 2007
Contact lenses have increased dramatically in popularity over the last couple of years. This is due to a number of factors. First of all, prices have continued to come down so that contact lenses are cheaper and more affordable now than they have ever been in the past. People have also become more accustomed to wearing contact lenses so more and more people are willing to give them a try. While there was a time when many people would not even consider wearing contact lenses because they did not like the idea of putting something like that directly into their eye, those days have now gone. Contact lenses are also safer and more comfortable now than they have been in the past due to improvements in technology and procedures used in making and distributing the contact lenses.

Wearing contact lenses has a number of advantages over simply wearing glasses. You cannot lose your contacts as easily, they are less likely to break and many people find them more comfortable than glasses. Particularly if you are playing sports or will be doing very physical activities such as hiking, then contacts have major advantages. As well as this, many people wear contact lenses for cosmetic reasons as they prefer how they look without glasses. This may lead some people to wear contact lenses all the time, or just for particular activities such as going on a date or going out at night.

There are certain issues you should be aware of however, if you are going to wear contact lenses. There are many infections and irritations that occur in people's eyes that may be due at least partially to wearing contact lenses. However, most of these can be avoided by taking a few simple precautions and making sure that you take proper care of your eyes.

Most contact lenses are for a specific period, some are for twenty four hours, some are for a week and some are for a month or more. You should never wear your contacts for longer than they are designed for, and even if your contacts are supposed to be for constant use, it is important to give your eyes a break to avoid over wear.

You should also be careful to practice good lens hygiene. This includes keeping your contact lenses in the proper solution for storage, and only touching them and taking them out when necessary, and with clean hands.
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