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.

    Posted December 18, 2014 by Silverstein Eye Centers
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