Contact Lens

Do you have vision problem and not happy with your spectacles?

If you feel spectacles limit your activity why don’t you use contact lenses?

What are the benefits of using contact lenses?

Benefits can be classified into:

  • Occupational:
    • They are safe and there are many types to suit your needs
    • They don’t slide down your nose while playing, dancing or doing other exercises
    • They don’t fog when you move from cold to hot and humid temperatures
    • They do not cause reflections like some spectacles
    • If you are actively involved in sports as they provide wider visual field, better optics and lesser hazards of serious injury
  • Cosmetic:
    • You look great!
    • Unsightly corneas can be hidden by painted or tinted contact lens
    • They boost your self confidence
  • Optical:
    • Contact lenses give
      • Larger image
      • Better transmission
      • Little marginal aberration
      • Larger field
      • Brighter perception
  • Therapeutic:
    • Soft contact lenses are useful in the following diseases
      • Corneal burns/ indolent ulcers
      • Bullous keratitis
      • Steven-Johnson syndrome
      • Neuroparalytic keratitis
      • Exposure keratitis
    • Hard contact lenses are useful in the following diseases
      • Keratoconus
      • Dry eyes
      • Serious astigmatism

When can I start using contact lenses?

  • Consult your eye care practitioner (Optometrist).
  • Your eyes are developed enough by the age of 11 years and by then you will be able to understand the instructions and handle contact lenses well.

Are there any disadvantages with using contact lenses?

  • Problems may occur when you use the lenses for long hours and didn’t store the lenses in proper solution
  • In this situation you can get eye infection and get scarring in your lenses causes blindness.

Damage to lens

  • You can avoid this from happening if contact lenses are stored in the contact lens casing
  • You must ensure your finger nails are short when you handle contact lenses

Loss of lens

  • To avoid this from happening, contact lenses fitting must be done at the table
Last Reviewed : 27 April 2012
Content Writer : Dr. Nor Asiah bt. Hashim
Reviewer : Dr. Hargeet Kaur a/p Basant Singh