Can anyone wear contact lenses?
Thanks to leaps and bounds made in contact lens technology over recent years, almost everyone can wear contacts. Now, there are contact lenses types made to correct for any type of refractive errors -- nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism or other specific needs, available in soft or hard lenses (read more about contact lenses types).
There are a lot of common misconceptions about who can wear contact lenses and who can’t. People with astigmatisms or people starting to develop presbyopia often think that the only option available to them for vision correction is glasses. While there may have been a time when that was true, now it is surely not the case. The majority of people who want to wear contact lenses are able to do so.
If you are considering making the switch to contacts, consult with your OD during your next eye exam to discuss if contact lenses could be an option for you.
Contact lenses for everyone or maybe not
While it’s true that contact lens technology has made improvements in strides, and obtaining contacts has become so easy that you can even order contacts online and have them shipped right to your doorstep, they may not be the best option for some lifestyles or pre-existing health conditions. Not everyone wants to wear contacts, but most people who do can wear them -- contact lenses may not be the best solution to correct vision for people who have other underlying health conditions affecting their eyes or the sight.
For instance, people who are particularly prone to eye infection, or who have trouble keeping their eyes properly hydrated may experience further discomfort when wearing contact lenses and should therefore consider alternative solutions. Similarly, people who are subject to severe allergic reactions when they come into contact with some specific materials should consider other alternatives to contact lenses in order not to provoke an allergic reaction.
Why some people can't wear contacts?
In addition to the patient’s pre-existing health conditions, certain environmental factors should also be taken into consideration before making the switch to contact lenses. People who are frequently exposed to high levels of dust, smoke or other particles that can cause eye irritation may not be the best candidates for contact lenses, since there is an increased chance that the particles become stuck between the patient’s lenses and eyes, giving rise to the potential for eye infection.
Consult your OD to see if contact lenses are a potential solution for you, then order contacts online with insurance, and have them conveniently shipped to you hassle free!