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Are Contact Lenses Right for You?

Posted on April 9th, 2015

Many Canadians choose to wear contact lenses to correct common refractive errors such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. In fact, many people prefer contact lenses since they can't be scratched, dirtied, damaged or misplaced in the same way as glasses. Contacts have also become increasingly popular among those with active lifestyles, such as athletes or people working physically-demanding jobs.

Although most people can wear and enjoy the benefits of contact lenses without any problems, there are some people who may difficulty wearing them. Here are a few things to consider if you're thinking of choosing contact lenses. 

You suffer from allergies
If you're often bothered by allergies, then contacts may not be right for you. That's because allergens can become trapped between the lens and your eyeball, potentially irritating your eyes even more. For individuals who suffer from allergies to pet dander and pollen in particular, contacts can be especially annoying, meaning you may have to stick with glasses in order to see clearly.

Your eyes are often extremely dry
Whether the result of medication, a medical condition or simply the way your eyes naturally function, if your eyes are often dry you may want to avoid getting contact lenses. That's because for contacts to be most effective they need to take advantage of the eyes natural moisture to remain in place. If your eyes are dry, contact lenses are unlikely to work effectively and may irritate your eyes even further.

You work in an environment with chemicals or dust
If you're often exposed to chemicals or significant amounts of dust, you may want to reconsider contact lenses. That's because like allergens, dust and chemicals can become trapped between the contact and your eyeball, and in some cases may even get stuck to the exterior of the contact itself. When you go to wash your lens, those chemicals may become further immersed into your cleaning solution, potentially damaging your eyes when you put your contacts back on.

You have hyperthyroidism
If you have an overactive thyroid gland, wearing contact lenses might be a bit of a challenge. That's because many (but not all) individuals with hyperthyroidism also suffer from thyroid eye disease (also known as Graves’ Ophthalmopathy). One of the symptoms is sore or "gritty" dry eyes, which can be further irritated by wearing contact lenses.

You have severe arthritis in your hands
Putting contact lenses in and taking them out can be a delicate process, even with practice. If you suffer from severe arthritis in your hands, taking contact lenses in and out may be difficult and even painful. Without a steady grip, you could also risk further damaging your contacts or even your eyes.

Contact lenses aren't necessarily the right solution for everyone. Ultimately, the best way to find out is to book a complete eye exam with a qualified eye doctor.  To find out more about contact lenses and your eyes, visit an FYidoctors near you.

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