Who can wear contacts?

Contact lenses are a beautiful thing, but who can wear contacts? Can everybody wear them?

who can wear contactsAccording to statistics from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as many as 36 million Americans wear contact lenses. And, there are nearly as many reasons for wanting contacts as there are people who wear them. Some people feel contacts make them more attractive, for instance. Others want freedom from glasses that feel clumsy or uncomfortable. Still others simply find that they see more clearly when they’re wearing their contacts.

Innovations in contact lens materials have made contacts more comfortable and easier to use than ever. It’s now possible for nearly everyone to enjoy the many benefits contact lenses offer. Soft contacts are much more comfortable than the old-style hard ones. Extended-wear contacts can cut down on daily maintenance requirements. Toric lenses work for people who suffer from astigmatism.

Who can wear contacts?

People who are considering giving up their glasses may wonder, who can wear contacts? The answer, today, is almost everyone. But, there are a few exceptions. Here are some things your eye doctor will consider before recommending contacts.

childrens contactsContacts for children

Our eyes are delicate instruments. Contact lenses must be used properly to avoid injuries and infections. Sometimes infants and very young children need to wear contacts, when treating aphakia, for instance, after the removal of congenital cataract. Under those conditions, it’s up to their parents to handle the contacts properly. Other times, a child may simply want contacts for the same reasons adults do: to look better or to be more comfortable. These children should be mature enough to take care of their own contact lenses. Parents should ask themselves, “Is my child old enough to insert the contacts properly and to perform the needed maintenance?”

contacts for seniorsContacts for seniors

While many older people wear and enjoy their contacts, they may not be the best choice for all of the elderly. People with dementia, for instance, may not be able to clean their contacts properly, or may wear them for too long. Many older people also develop dry eye, which can make wearing contacts problematic.

wearing contacts when swimming

Recreational contact choices

Glasses can be troublesome during strenuous activities. They can fog up, for instance, or bounce around, making contacts the more appealing choice for active people. Swimmers, however, should take extra precautions when wearing their contacts. Water can distort some contact lenses, causing them to become too tight and possibly causing damage to the eye. Swimming with contacts on can also lead to infections. This is particularly likely in natural bodies of water such as lakes or streams. When swimming, contacts can also simply dislodge and float away. People who wear contacts should either remove them when swimming or wear well-fitting goggles.

who can wear contact lensContacts and work conditions

There are some work conditions that simple are not conducive to the use of contact lenses. People who work in very dusty places, for instance, should not wear contacts. Particulate matter can become lodged between the lens and the surface of the eye causing serious damage to the cornea.

Contacts and Illnesses of the eye

Some conditions of the eyes can make wearing contacts difficult. Allergies, for instance, can cause itchy, burning eyes that make it hard to wear contacts. The preservatives found in some eye drops designed for allergies can be absorbed by soft contact lenses and lead to further eye irritation. People who experience severe dry eye and those who have frequent eye infections should also avoid wearing contacts.

Sources

http://www.aao.org/newsroom/upload/Eye-Health-Statistics-April-2011.pdf,http://www.specsavers.co.uk/ask-the-optician/contact-lenses-and-hayfever-2/,http://www.aao.org/publications/eyenet/201203/pediatrics.cfm,http://www.aclens.com/contact-lenses-in-water.asp 

 

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