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A Look Back at the History of Contact Lenses

When Parisians Fick and Edouard Kalt invented the contact lens prototype in 1888, they probably had no idea how much it would change the world. Contact lenses are an alternative to wearing glasses for people. In Singapore, approximately 9% of people wear daily contact lenses to correct vision problems or for cosmetic reasons.
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Contact lenses are used to treat a variety of optical refraction issues, including astigmatism, vision problems, and poor eyesight. Contact lenses can also be used to treat corneal degeneration caused by infection or injury, as well as eye illnesses.
Advantages of Using Contact Lenses: Instantly Corrects Vision Issues
Contact lenses are intended to address a variety of optical issues, including poor eyesight and astigmatism. Additionally, there are specialized lenses designed to meet specific needs. Retinal lenses, for instance, have a greater dimension and are thus perfect for people who have irregular corneas.
Normalcy Sensation
When you use contact lenses, you experience a sense of normality. You can go about your daily activities or enjoy your favorite pastimes while they are safely placed on your eyes. They are ideal for any climate because they do not cause fog, steam, or water to obscure your vision. Wearing glasses can sometimes put people in difficult situations like swimming or doing active things; contact lenses ease the difficulties glasses bring.
Comfort
Contact lenses are now available in a variety of materials to protect your eyes and provide convenience due to technological advancements. Composite contact lenses, for example, combine the best features of stiff and flexible lenses. The soft lens reduces eye strain while the sturdy center keeps your vision clear.
Cosmetic Benefits
Contact lenses being available in a variety of hues is just another fantastic feature. This allows you to visualize how various eye colors would change your appearance. But for cosplay contact lenses, we suggest first talking to your ophthalmologist. We might determine if they are secure to use, lowering your chance of issues from lens usage.
The Downside of Wearing Lenses
There is nothing inherently wrong with wearing contact lenses; however, people who do not properly care for their lenses and their eyes may become infected.
Here are some of the disadvantages:
dried out Eyes
Because contact lenses absorb the majority of our natural eye fluids in order to stay soft, they reduce the number of tears that reach the cornea. Due to the dry eye condition brought on by this absence of tears, the eyes become itchy, burning, and red. Too much dryness in the eyes can cause corneal damage, which is incredibly painful. If you have persistent eye irritation, lubricate your eyes with eye drops to provide some relief.
Oxygen deficiency
The use of contact lenses for an extended period of time deprives your eyes of oxygen. This could result in ulcers and other injuries to your corneas, leading to blindness. To avoid this, limit your lens wear time to 8 hours or less. Never wear them to sleep as this could cause severe effects.
The good thing is now there are lenses made for more prolonged use because they allow oxygen to enter the eyes. Even still, it’s better to be safe.
Unhygienic Use
If you have to wash before you eat, you always have to wash your hands before you put on your lenses. All the germs and bacteria that stay on your hands and get transferred onto your lenses will cause infections and a lot of discomfort. Save yourself a trip to the doctor and make sure your hands are clean before application.