A List Of Contact Lens Benefits

WHY CONTACTS? The word is nearly as old as the mountains and a number of people still turn around and fire the ‘why’ thing at you. All you do is shrug your eyes spread wide in wonder if there could be such a question regarding something that has been around for what seems like eternity now. But then, a question is a question howsoever obvious the answer might be.

First and the foremost, one gets rid of the irritating apparatus on one’s face, which immediately undoes the ae…

WHY CONTACTS? The word is nearly as old as the mountains and a number of people still turn around and fire the ‘why’ thing at you. All you do is shrug your eyes spread wide in wonder if there could be such a question regarding something that has been around for what seems like eternity now. But then, a question is a question howsoever obvious the answer might be.

First and the foremost, one gets rid of the irritating apparatus on one’s face, which immediately undoes the aesthetic loss caused by its presence. In short, you look smarter than ever. That was one reason that comes first to anyone who thinks about the pros of the contacts, but it is not the only one by any means.

When was the last time you wished you had wipers on your glasses so that you didn’t have to take them off ever now and then to remove the misty presence of water or snow. That’s another one of the advantages.

The glasses distort the appearance of objects. This distortion is done away with in case of contacts. One sees the real things the real way. Besides, the peripheral vision is, to a large extent, compromised with glasses, which is not the case with the lenses.

For sportsmen who play outdoor games like football, lenses are indispensable because with
glasses chances are that one fine day while you are chasing the ball, it will suddenly disappear and by the time you get your glasses back, the opponents will be celebrating. In short, get the lenses before you are out of the team.

Those were the pros, but it would be unfair to the ‘why-guy’ if we hid the downside. The most prominent disadvantage is that they need careful handling and frequent replacements, which makes them delicate things that are heavy on the pocket.

Another problem is that since contacts are worn inside the eyes, the chances of infection are quite high.
And for the carefree professionals there is an extra note of caution. Dear fellow, unlike the glasses, you cannot just come home and toss them off. You need to clean them, disinfect them and then place them back in the lens case.

Thus, time, diligence, patience and money are the four things a contact lens demands of its wearer. If you have them, it’s a great companion, and if not, better get used to the glasses.

A Historical Insight Into Contact Lenses

The origin of contact lens could be traced back to sixteenth century. A good number of inventors or scientists have contributed to the evolution and modification of the concept behind contact lenses. So no single person could be adjudged as the sole inventor of contact lenses.

However credit for the modern form of contact lens is usually attributed to F.E.Muller. F.E.Muller’s version came up in 1887. The other one who is also considered as one of pivotal contributor to the…

The origin of contact lens could be traced back to sixteenth century. A good number of inventors or scientists have contributed to the evolution and modification of the concept behind contact lenses. So no single person could be adjudged as the sole inventor of contact lenses.

However credit for the modern form of contact lens is usually attributed to F.E.Muller. F.E.Muller’s version came up in 1887. The other one who is also considered as one of pivotal contributor to the evolution of contact lenses is Rene Descrates. Descrates invented corneal contact lens. Another British scientist Jhon Herschel’s contribution is widely acknowledged.

Second half of nineteenth century witnessed a new herald in the history of contact lenses with lots of inventions and innovations. That was the period in which mainstream of society got aware of the lenses that could be directly placed on cornea or sclera. However this awareness was limited to only niche.

Eugen Fick’s Scleral contact shells in late nineteenth century became an instant hit among niche. This lens was later on modified by August Miller.

With the advent of plastic scleral lenses contact lens history took a new turn and researches were diverted towards lot of sophisticated substitutes of glass contacts. William Feinbloom is considered as pioneer of plastic contact lenses. One more scientist of that period Joseph Dallos earned accolade for his contribution.

George Butterfield earned recognition for improved corneal lens. This is the way contact lenses underwent the modifications.

More sophisticated and comfy lenses came on the block once Silicone hydrogel was introduced. These are common historical facts available on contact lenses.

This ever growing contact lens history suggests that people were actually in need of a better contact lens. Some historians of contact lenses suggest that it was Leonardo Da Vinci who first toyed with the idea of contact lenses.

Even now innovations haven’t stopped and new models of contact lenses keep coming up. Colored contact lenses have given a different turn to the history of contact lens. With advent of colored contacts, contact lens usage is not confined to only vision correction instead it could be used for fashion and fun purposes as well.

Disposable contact lenses have resulted in a great surge in popularity of contact lenses. Also the falling prices have made it possible for average users to use contact lenses.

History doesn’t end here. Many more innovations are impending, that are likely to come soon on the block.