From using rimmed eyeglasses to contact lenses, a ground-breaking record of 45 million people in the United States alone, prefer the use of the latter most often. Due to reasons like positive feedback on image and leeway experienced when in having an active lifestyle or engaging in sports, contact lenses are favoured more even though it reflects a great number of people who are suffering from eye damage.
The Global Prevalence of Myopia, High Myopia, and Temporal Trends, researched on people aged 0-100, where they were divided into 5 age groups and after taking note whether their origin is from urban and rural areas. The study theorizes the expected tally by 2050 while observing the trend from the year 2000. Based on the data collected, it revealed that a significant increase to 4,758 million people is expected to suffer from near-sightedness by 2050. The highest prevalence in the Asia-Pacific region is due to the great pressure brought to the young adults from school resulting in more time with electronic devices. And for adults would be due to less time outdoors because of the nearby work facilities and activities.
Monthly Contact Lenses vs. Disposable Contact Lenses
With massive awareness of the benefits of natural colored contact lenses, there is high regard as to what could be the best investment for one’s budget. Here are some of the considerations you might need to decide upon.
- Disposable Contact Lenses do not require any more lens cleaning.
Your daily lenses are designed to be used once only. It should not be reinserted or stored back the moment you remove it from your eye. Reusing them would increase the risk for dryness, infection, and irritation. Monthly reusable contact lenses, on the other hand, need to be washed off and disinfected, ideally, before and after usage. This is to avoid infection and protein build-up that can harm your eyes.
Also, the whole process of cleaning and disinfecting can be quite complicated since it requires good hand-eye coordination from removing it from your eye, cleaning gently, and then re-inserting it back to fit your iris once again. That puts you and your lens at risk for infections, scratches, scrapes, drops, and serious damages. Sometimes when you’re a fanatic of colored contact lenses like those in hazel, blue or brown, it is always better to have disposable ones as overuse can lead to the extreme dryness of the eye.
- Daily contact lenses are healthier to use since there is no daily adherence of lens deposits and there are zero risks for overnight wear.
Because of constant exposure to the contact lens, your eyes would feel increasingly drier and more irritable. It being part of non-self. New disposable contact lenses need to be worn only once at a time so they retain this fresh feeling, giving you zero discomfort. Also, because daily disposable contact lenses are designed to be disposed of every after use, there can be consequences if you defy this bit. One study had proven contamination of lenses when 95% who had used it once had put it in a saline solution overnight.
- Use of daily disposable lenses has reduced risks.
Generally, there’s a reason why you can’t use contact lenses extensively and why it’s best not to sleep with them on. One reason is that it increases the chances for you to develop corneal ulcer 10-15 times greater. If long-wearing would become unavoidable, at least take them off once, every week. Also, once attacked by these serious conditions like eye infection and as mentioned, infectious keratitis or corneal ulcers, they may develop quickly. And in some rare cases, it may cause blindness. Sometimes, it may also lead to abnormal growth of a blood vessel into the cornea due to hypoxia, which is lack of oxygen particularly. This is extremely dangerous because once it bursts, it could be fatal all the way.