Are Contact Lenses Bad For Your Eyes?
Contact lenses are a popular form of vision correction. With contacts, refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism can be corrected.
They offer wearers clearer sight like glasses while also maintaining a low profile. If you’re wearing contacts, it’s almost impossible to tell.
Contacts may seem like the best solution for bad eyesight, but they have drawbacks. Keep reading to learn why contacts could be damaging your eyes!
The “Cons” of Contact Lenses
Contact lenses, while discreet, can cause quite a bit of irritation and redness. This is especially noticeable when performing strenuous activities like exercise or sports.
Contacts are often difficult to put in if you’ve never worn them before
Contacts need constant replacing, making them a constant drain on your bank account.
It is incredibly easy to lose your contacts. This can make traveling a hassle and can add stress to your life.
If contacts are not maintained, i.e cleaned and replaced frequently, they can damage your eyes. This is because contacts cover the cornea. This reduces the oxygen flow which is vital to having healthy eyes.
What Contact Lenses Are Made Out Of
Contacts can be made of several different kinds of materials. Each has different kinds of uses and advantages.
The three main kinds of contacts are soft lenses, rigid gas permeable, and hybrid lenses.
Soft contacts are made from hydrophilic plastics. This plastic keeps water and retains moisture in the eye. If the eye gets, the plastic becomes brittle and more prone to breakage.
Soft contacts are specifically designed for comfort, as they are the most pliable. If your eyes become dry, it will make them much more uncomfortable.
Rigid gas permeable lenses do not need water to operate. They allow oxygen transfer via microscopic pores.
They are made from acrylate, silicone, and fluorine. Though they are often called “hard” contacts, this is somewhat of a misnomer. Older “hard” contacts did not have the oxygen holes that rigid gas permeable contacts have.
Older “hard” contacts are no longer prescribed since they are more likely to damage the eye. Rigid gas permeable lenses keep their shape and correct issues like keratoconus.
Hybrid contacts, as the name suggests, are a mixture of rigid gas permeable and soft lenses. The edges of the contacts use soft contact materials to achieve the most comfort.
For clearer vision, a combination of acrylate, silicone, and fluorine is used from rigid gas permeable lenses. Hybrid lenses are harder to come by.
They are usually used to treat irregular astigmatism or multifocal contacts.
Contacts As A Temporary Vision Solution
As a temporary means of vision correction, contacts are a great option. Many problems associated with contact lenses are associated with long-term wear.
If you’re tired of contacts, LASIK could be a solution! The only way to find out for sure is to have a LASIK consultation with an ophthalmologist.
Want to find out if you’re a candidate for contacts or laser refractive surgery? Schedule your consultation with Atlantic Laser Center in Little Silver, NJ today!