Thinking About Contact Lenses?
Choosing to wear glasses or contact lenses for vision correction depends on many factors including lifestyle, convenience, budget and other reasons. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) some 30 million Americans use contact lenses. They have a surprisingly long history with the principal breakthrough in soft lenses being made by Czech chemists Otto Wichterle and Drahoslav Lím who published their work "Hydrophilic gels for biological use" in the journal Nature in 1959.
By the mid 1960's commercially viable lenses were being sold and used. So the public at large has about 50 years experience using these medical devices to correct vision. And it's wise to remember they are medical devices, just as eyeglasses are.
Before making a choice of contacts instead of glasses, please remember that one is not necessarily better than the other. In terms of vision, ease of use and eye health both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Eyeglasses offer benefits that contacts simply can't provide and the reverse is also true. So the motivation for most people comes down to a personal choice, what works best for them. Your eye care professional's assistance is invaluable in making this decision.
If using a smart phone to view the videos below, holding the phone on its side and using the fullscreen option of the video will provide a better video viewing experience. Just like you would view any YouTube video since that's where these are located.
Here's a video produced by ACUVUE® that can provide more information about "What To Expect" when choosing contacts.
This second ACUVUE® video, provides details about how to put on and take off your contacts. Note: This video dispells some common misunderstandings about contacts. Be sure to watch it to the end if you're considering contacts at all.