Could 2015 be your year? It is said if you want to break a repetitive cycle then change something...well why not change your look?
Contact lenses have metamorphosed into tiny visual aids, worn over the cornea so comfortably that users can forget about them for hours on end.
Anyone considering contact lenses needs to make a few key decisions about their new visual correction aids, and the first choice concerns the actual lens material. Until the 1930s, all lenses were made out of glass, but advances in manufacturing mean that they can now be created from
a variety of materials. Modern "soft" lenses have a higher water content and are generally agreed to be more comfortable to wear, allowing plenty of oxygen to reach the eye's surface, although they usually have a shorter lifespan as a result of their "wetter" composition.
In recent years, there has been strong growth in the popularity of "daily disposable" lenses. These are supplied individually in blister packs, worn once and then thrown away. The principal advantages of daily disposables involve hygiene and the absence of cleaning. Alternatively, it's possible to obtain lenses which are re-useable for varying time periods - often worn for
a month and then discarded. These require daily care and maintenance, usually in a twin-pot plastic case with an all-in-one cleaner/disinfectant solution for overnight storage.
Lets not forget the children, many lenses can be worn from around the age of ten, making daily disposables a safe, popular option for youngsters. This is especially beneficial for children who regularly participate in sports.
Other innovations in contact lens design include toric lenses, with an asymmetric design for people with astigmatism, who couldn't comfortably wear normal spherical lenses. Multifocal lenses allow individuals, who normally wear reading spectacles or varifocals, amazing freedom with an ability to see near and far. Contact lenses can be tinted or coloured (often for purely cosmetic rather than corrective reasons), and many incorporate UV protection against the sun's harmful rays.
Silicone based soft contact lenses are fast becoming the norm as they allow the cornea to breathe better than the older 'hydrogel' lenses. This allows safer, longer wearing times and less dryness especially towards the end of the day. Silicone based lenses are available in daily, two-weekly or monthly disposable forms.
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