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Wearing Contacts

Contact lenses were first recognized in 1945 by the American Optometric Association.  Over 38 million people wear contacts in the United States alone with international numbers topping 125 million. As more and more people receive proper eye care, the use of contact lenses continues to grow.

Historical Snapshot

Leonardo da Vinci is often credited with the first conceptual model of what is now the contact lens. The rest, as they say, is (very dull) history. Other contributors to the modern contact lens include Young, Mueller, Fick, and Fienbloom, which sounds like a very overpriced law firm.

Types of Contacts

Recent innovations have led to advancements in the technology behind lenses as well as the options available. The choices are vast and with increased comfort and ease of use, even cosmetic contacts have made a splash in the market. When it comes to the fundamentals, there are many options available. Lenses can be hard, soft or somewhere in between. There are further choices relating to how long lenses can be worn, the material used in production and how many uses lenses have. Different options are suitable for different lifestyles, but only your ophthalmologist or optometrist can help you make sure you choose the lenses best for your personal situation. There are more factors to consider than simply which style you prefer, so be sure to trust your eye care professional’s recommendations.

By Material

For correcting refractive errors

By wearing period

By replacement schedule

By color

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