While contact lenses may seem to be modern addition to eye care, they actually have a long and illustrious history, kick-started by Leonardo da Vinci, the famous Artist and Rene Descartes, a Scientist.
In the late part of the 19th century, a German glassblower produced a lens that could be seen through and a German ophthalmologist fitted the first contact lens, which could be worn for a few hours at a time. Today millions and millions of people around the world wear contact lenses, and for longer hours too.
Whether for sight or style, your lenses are delicate and thus, must be handled with care. If you are not familiar with contact lenses, this article will teach you a thing or two about the modern addition to eye care.
What Is a Contact Lens?
A contact lens is a thin, curved lens placed on the film of tears that covers the surface of your eye. The lens itself is naturally clear, but is often given the slightest tinge of color to make them easier for wearers to handle. Today’s contact lenses are either hard or soft but most people prefer the latter.
In recent times, many people wear contact lenses for cosmetic and novelty purposes, but the medical devices are still most commonly worn for vision correction. There are Colored contact lenses that can completely change the hue of your eyes, and costume Contact lenses that help create some of the special effects see on the big screens.
Before you decide to use contact lenses, make sure to check with your Ophthalmologist for his or her professional advice— because all contact lenses, whether for sight enhancement or style, are medical devices and require prescription before use. Also, common complications like infections and inflammation can easily lead to vision loss of vision.
To take care of your contact lenses so they serve you best, consider these tips:
Always stick to your prescribed wear schedule. Don’t sleep in contacts and never share contact lenses with others. Keep your contact lens in its clean case. Avoid cleaning your contacts in tap water and never lick your contact lenses. Research has found that “rub and rinse” is still the best way to keep your contact lenses free from microorganisms. Thus, with the pads of your fingers, use fresh contact lens solution to clean your contacts for 5-20 seconds.