3 Reasons to try contact lenses this summer
Tired of being held back by your glasses? This summer might just be the summer that you decide to change to contact lenses.
Contact lenses help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays
Some contact lenses have UV protection built in. This helps protect your eyes from harmful rays produced by the sun. ACUVUE® report that as many as one in five cases of cataracts are thought to be caused by UV rays from the sun. Research suggests that these rays may also cause poor eyesight as we age, contributing towards conditions such as macular degeneration.
Even high range sunglasses allow UV light to reach the eyes, as it can travel around the edge of the frames. Therefore, it’s best to protect yourself as much as possible by wearing UV blocking lenses as well as sunglasses, and even throwing on a sun hat.
ACUVUE®, a leading contact lens brand, have produced a video on the importance of protecting your eyes, as well as your skin, from UV rays.
Freedom to wear sunglasses
No need to buy expensive prescription sunglasses. Contact lenses give you the freedom to choose your look so you can experiment with various styles of fashion sunglasses. Not only that, but you can take your sunglasses off, and your vision will still be clear.
Oh, and you no longer have the hassle of switching between glasses and sunglasses, and carrying both around with you!
Contact lenses for sports
Summer is one of the most popular times of the year for playing sports, with events such as Wimbledon and other sports on the calendar. Glasses can get in the way of you performing to your best ability. They can also break, and potentially cause an eye injury.
By switching to contact lenses, you can enjoy a fuller field of vision so you can be at your best, not being held back by glasses.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson, British Olympic athlete and spokeswoman for ACUVUE®, says contact lenses “allow me to perform, they allow me to be free, and to be myself”.
Katarina’s lenses need to be hardworking to overcome the challenges of being an athlete. She wears ACUVUE® OASYS 1-Day for Astigmatism, which contain a highly breathable material with a moisture rich formula.
This means that, as well as keeping her eyes hydrated, her lenses can help Katarina keep the finish line clearly in sight.
More tips for contact lenses in the summer
Travelling with contact lenses
Daily disposable lenses are ideal to bring on your holiday. You don’t have to worry about cleaning and storing your lenses; you just throw them away once you’re done with them. This also saves you having to bring solution with you.
You will still need to bring your glasses with you, especially if you like to nap on the plane.
To read more about eye care while travelling, visit our traveller’s guide to contact lenses and eye care.
If you suffer from allergies such as hay fever, contact lenses may need to be avoided during days with a high pollen count. If you prefer to wear contact lenses, perhaps opt for daily disposables over monthlies. That way you can avoid build ups of pollen on your lenses. You can be safe in the knowledge that when you change your lenses every day, you are replacing them with clean, pollen free lenses.
To read more about avoiding sore eyes due to hay fever, read our Hay fever 101 article.