Did you know that approximately 20% of the American population who requires vision correction wears contact lenses? While eyeglasses may be an attractive way to accessorize or make a fashion statement, glasses are unable to offer you all that contact lenses can. Learn the benefits of contact lenses over glasses and what to expect if you choose to use them for vision correction.
Millions of people have vision problems that require them to have glasses or contact lenses. More than 34 million Americans have nearsightedness, meaning that they can’t see distant objects, but objects up close are seen clearly. Around 14.2 million Americans have farsightedness, which is the exact opposite condition. Both of these problems occur because light does not focus on the retina tissue of the eye correctly. With nearsightedness, light focuses before it reaches the retina. With farsightedness, light focuses behind the retina. There is actually a third refractive error as well, called astigmatism.
Astigmatism happens to about 1 in 3 people and is when light focuses at two different points instead of one, causing blurry vision. Even though refractive errors of the eyes are so common, they thankfully are not hard to correct. Simply investing in glasses or contact lenses will make your vision clear again.
Did you know that about 37 million people wear contact lenses in the United States? On a worldwide scale, that number is even larger. About 2/3rds of people with contact lenses are women. The average age for contacts is around 30, but at least 10% of people who wear contacts are under 18. Even children can wear contact lenses. No matter which option you choose, you will have to be fitted for either glasses or contacts. However, glasses can get bothersome for some patients because they block part of your field of vision. Plus, you have to keep putting them on to see clearly. However, with contacts, you put them in when you wake up and you take them out when you are ready to go to sleep.
Some versions of contacts can actually be worn to bed. A pro to contacts is that you can customize your contact lens color to be whatever you want. If you have brown eyes, you can change them to vibrant blue. You can choose a light color tint or a dramatic color tint. Colors come in hazel, green, blue, brown, gray, violet, amethyst, and many varying shades of all of these colors. You simply can’t do that with glasses. If you want a no-hassle choice for seeing clearer throughout your day, contact lenses are the way to go.
You may think that contacts are all the same, but they’re not. Many think of clear lenses when they picture contact lenses, but you can actually choose from a wide assortment of colors and textures. You can get hard or soft contacts, ones that are only for changing eye color and ones with varying levels of breathability for your eyes. Soft contacts are generally comfortable immediately. They are made from flexible material that conforms well to your eyeball and are available in disposable, daily wear and extended-wear versions.
Hard contact lenses are better for some patients depending on their vision conditions. They excel at providing crisp vision for many challenging eye conditions, and their high oxygen permeability lowers the risk for eye infections. In the past, contact lenses only came in a hard, rigid version. The difference between hard and soft (besides the texture) is that you can keep hard contact lenses for years, whereas you will have to switch out soft contacts. You can also get contacts that are specific to a vision problem such as astigmatism or keratoconus.
No one wants to live with blurry vision. Seeing is a major part of how you interpret the world around you. Think of all that you would miss out on if you couldn’t see well! There are many ways to correct vision problems in modern times, especially when it comes to vision surgery or simple fixes such as glasses and contact lenses. Even if your vision is only slightly blurry, you should do something about it. This is especially important in children, as much of their early development depends on their ability to see well. If a child can’t see a board in school clearly, how will they learn? If they can’t see your facial expressions, how will they know how to interpret emotions?
Vision problems are very common. About ½ of people have them. That also means that scientists and doctors have been dealing with vision problems for quite some time. Glasses do wonders for helping patients see clearly, but contact lenses take that vision quality a step further. You simply put them in when you get up and you have clear vision all day. No hassle and no thinking about it. Plus, you can customize your contact lenses to fit your style and personality. When it comes to correcting vision problems, don’t wait! Call Peeper’s Optical today at (303) 333-2800 and schedule your contact lenses consultation!