Would you believe it if you found out that the invention of contact lenses dates all the way back to Leonardo da Vinci in 1508? Yep—this luminary founded the basic idea on which today’s contact lenses are built upon. Hundreds of years later, the contact lens has been sharpened and refined so much that lenses are breathable, comfortable to wear, and are even used for cosmetic purposes (independent of eyesight improvement).
Continue learning to read more about some of the benefits of wearing contact lenses mentioned above.
Above all, contact lenses make the process of improving your eyesight a comfortable one. There are two commonly known types of lenses: soft and hard lenses.
Soft lenses are named so because they allow oxygen to permeate through the lens material to the cornea, which explains why they’re so comfortable. Soft lenses come in different prescriptions and designs depending on your budget and need. Hard lenses, or rigid gas permeable contacts, are not as flexible as soft lenses, but they are more durable. Hard lenses, also known as “rigid gas permeable lenses” are also used for the treatment of myopia, also known as “nearsightedness” (VSP Vision Care).
Practicality and Convenience
Contact lenses cover much more of your field of vision than glasses do, increasing overall clarity and improving peripheral vision. For this reason, contact lenses are the preferred corrective eyewear for people on the go—like professional athletes.
Contact lenses will not cause injury and allow athletes to wear a much wider range of protective eyewear as well. When working out vigorously, wearing eyeglasses is often a no-go—the more active your workout, the greater chance your eyeglasses can slip, capture sweat, and be just plain uncomfortable. With contact lenses, you can participate more freely in your workout.
Not only are contact lenses great for their practicality and convenience, but they also have aesthetic element. Many people opt to get lenses just for the look—whether they need corrective eyewear or not. For these reasons, non-prescription contact lenses exist and come in a variety of colors that help you change up your look.
In addition, lenses can also be used in the area of prosthetics—many patients living with eye scars, disfigurements, or congenital defects that are visually noticeable opt for lenses to improve their look. Using the right prosthetic lens can often render these injuries much less noticeable.
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“Da Vinci to Disposable: A History of Contact Lenses.” 1800 Contacts, 24 June 2020, https://www.1800contacts.com/eyesociety/da-vinci-to-disposable-a-history-of-contact-lenses. Accessed 16 June 2022.