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If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a condition that impairs your vision, or have been suffering from vision impairment for quite some time, you may already be aware that there are several options to choose from in regards to maintaining or correcting your vision. For centuries, glasses have been the go-to treatment for vision impairment, but thanks to modern medicine and technology, contact lenses and laser surgery are now available to help you improve your sight.

Deciding on the best option for vision correction is mostly a matter of personal preference. Your eye doctor can often help you determine whether contact lenses are ideal for you based on the condition of your eyes, your lifestyle, and your budget. According to the CDC, over 30 million people in the United States wear contact lenses — two-thirds of which are female. The average age of contact lens wearers is 31 years old, and 50 percent of all contact lens wearers are between the ages of 25 and 44.

Are contact lenses right for you? Here are the benefits of wearing contact lenses:


Contact lenses can correct a large number of vision problems, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (blurred vision), and presbyopia (blurred vision close up). Many contact lens wearers report that contact lenses make their eyes feel and look natural, partly due to the fact that the lenses move with the eyes for vision correction. Additionally, some studies report that specialized contact lenses may be able to help slow the progression of myopia in children, but these lenses have not yet been approved by the FDA.


Individuals of all ages who wear contact lenses say they feel more positive about their physical appearances thanks to the absence of glasses. Many contact lens wearers say that they also choose contact lenses because they allow them to engage in sports and other physical activities more efficiently than if they were to wear glasses.


Unlike glasses, contact lenses do not fog up when spending time outdoors, in low temperatures, or when engaging in sports and other recreational activities. Some contact lenses even provide UV protection against sunlight, although it’s important that wearers continue to wear UV-blocking sunglasses when outdoors.

Do you suffer from vision impairment and are thinking about making the switch from glasses to contact lenses? Call Silverstein Eye Centers today to schedule an eye exam.

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  1. Lillian Moore says:

    I was interested in your comment that contact lenses make you feel better. My fear of sticking something in my eye holds me back from being able to use contacts, but I would love to stop hiding behind my glasses. I will have to give contacts another attempt to see if they are actually for me.

  2. Kendall Ryder says:

    I like that contact lenses allow me the option to not wear my glasses. I really do love my glasses and I think that there are benefits to both glasses and contacts. But it is nice to have my contact lenses when I don’t want to have to wear my glasses!

  3. Peter says:

    Personally, I like lenses, especially when I’m training.

  4. Annika Larson says:

    My son is near-sighted. We are considering getting him contact lenses to help with sports. Like you said, contacts, unlike glasses, don’t fog up outdoors or when engaging in sports. We will have to talk to an optometrist to help us get him the right contacts.

  5. Julie says:

    Contact lenses are perfect if you are the outdoor type like me and you like to run and be unhindered by glasses. Thanks for the well written article it was very interesting.

  6. There are so many benefits of contact lens. Specially instead of wearing glasses we can go for contact lens. Thanks for sharing an amazing post.

  7. Qais says:

    Very informative blog, wearing lens are not issue but we should know how to secure and we must have a good practice of this.

  8. It’s good to know that people who wear contact lenses say they feel more confident about themselves, especially when engaging in physical activities. My daughter plans to try out for her school’s soccer team. If she gets in, I’ll get her some contact lenses so she can wear them at practices and games. Thanks.

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