It’s getting close once again to my annual eye doctor’s appointment to renew my contacts. Of course, it got me thinking about both my contacts and eyeglasses. As someone who religiously wore eyeglasses since she was eleven, it wasn’t until I was about to turn twenty-five to actual considering wearing contacts.
You might ask why someone would wait so long to make the transition? Believe it or not, the concept of contact lenses started in 1508, thanks to none other than Leonardo da Vinci. In 1939, the first set of plastic contact lenses were made available, but it was only by 1971 did we finally start wearing soft lenses. But what would make me wait that long, despite now that I love wearing contact lenses?
I just didn’t have enough knowledge to determine if contacts were better than eyeglasses.
When I first started into film work, I realized I could gain more parts by wearing contacts. However, I at first thought they would be completely uncomfortable. I spoke to my Opthamologist about determining if my eyes were right for them. After a series of tests, it was deemed that my eyes could handle them. But, what about comfort?
It was time for trial and error.
I got lucky on the first try. Acuvue Oasys became the brand for me. Of course, it took me awhile to figure out how to get them in right and take them out without tearing them! I actually went through two sets a week, although each set could be worn for up to two weeks.
After one year wearing of contact lenses, I was able to determine that it would cost roughly the same amount to have contacts instead of glasses. Each pack of a six weeks supply was costing me about $25. However, the price can vary from person to person, depending on their eyes and what type of lens that have to buy. One of the downfalls is instead of getting my eyes tested every two years for glasses, I was now required to have my eyes tested once a year because I was wearing contacts.
Infections and Tired Eyes
To avoid eye infections at all costs, you have to follow strict instructions when caring for contact lenses. Make sure that your hands are thoroughly clean before inserting contacts and taking them out. When cleaning the lenses, make sure you use enough solution. Also, make sure to throw out the storage container after three months. Do not wear your lenses past the expiration date or the allowed duration time period!
Keratitis is the most common eye infection caused by improper contact lens usage. One cause is fungus or bacteria. Check for signs of keratitis, such as blurred vision, a pain in the eye, unusual discharge or red eye. If left untreated, it can lead to loss of vision.
Another downfall of contacts was tired eyes. After about twelve eyes in lenses, my eyes would get tired, and I would have to switch over to eyeglasses. I spoke to my doctor, thinking that something was wrong. Turned out it was completely natural. Also, I had done a good thing of swapping over to eyeglasses after so many hours of wearing contacts.
As a child I used to get picked on for glasses. The older I got, I picked out more mature frames. And since I no longer had to squint to see the blackboard, I was struggling less with schoolwork. But for me personally, contacts gave me more confidence, and sadly to say, I was picked on less when I switched to contacts as an adult. I also gained more film projects.
Other Little Problems
What are some problems people go through with eyeglasses? The lenses can get scratched or broken very easily. I used to forget where I put my glasses all the time. Sometimes I accidentally sat on them in the process, thus breaking the frames.
One of the problems I endured in the beginning with contacts was losing them in my sleep; they would dry up throughout the night. And some brands are not meant to be worn through sleep. There are times where a contact may already have a scratch on them upon opening the package. The scratches can irritate your eyes to no end. And just like eyeglasses, if you don’t clean the lenses properly, you will have a hard time seeing.
Now, there is one problem that both eyeglasses and contacts share: they are not supposed to be worn while swimming. This especially goes for contacts. Not only could you lose them, but there is the possibility of getting an infection.
I do like how easy it is to put on eyeglasses. There is also little maintenance involved in their upkeep. Despite being uncomfortable on the nose, they feel just right with my eyes.
Perhaps one day I will get Laserik surgery. As for now, I primarily wear my contacts during the day and my eyeglasses at night. At this point, I have few problems to worry about. As long as I continue to properly take care of my contacts and maintain regular checkups with the eye doctor, I can continue to wear my contacts with confidence.