Health: Eye Health – Glasses Vs. Contact Lenses – Is It Worth Getting Contact Lenses?

So, today’s blog post is about eye health

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I’ve always been concerned for my eye health because since starting high school I’ve been in and out of my opticians.

It all started when I was in Year 7 and I was sat at the back of the classroom and I couldn’t see the smartboard properly and I passed it off as my eyes just being tired, so I asked to see my friends notes. But, it got to the point that every lesson became very stressful because I couldn’t see the board properly and I was embarrassed to ask if I could sit near the front of the class because let’s face it, when you first start high school you don’t want to immediately be seen as the ‘uncool’ kid by sitting at the front.

I was then forced to go to the opticians by my mum to get my vision checked, and I ended up with glasses, which made me see life in HD for the first time in ages!

However, I’ve always been friends with more guys than girls, so when I went to school with my glasses the next day, my male friends bullied me about my glasses and I took it more personally than I should have done and decided to not wear them and carry on suffering.

A year later, I managed to convince my parents to let me get contact lenses. At the time that was the best decision ever, because wearing contact lenses would mean that no one would know I needed corrected-vision unless I told them I was wearing contact lenses.

Whilst it was amazing seeing everything in 20:20 vision, I was experiencing really dry eyes and it made wearing lenses incredibly painful for up to 8 or 9 hours every single day. I tried eye drops recommended by the opticians to soothe my eyes, but the lenses felt very scratchy on my eyeball. My eyes became so dry that if I rubbed my eyes, my lenses would actually fall out and there was no moisture left in the lens at all.

I was going back and forth to the opticians trying loads of different lenses, and none of them made a difference. I even used hydrogen peroxide solutions suggested by my optician, which would thoroughly clean the lenses and restore the moisture. I tried using daily lenses instead of monthly lenses, and my eyes just didn’t like the lenses at all.

I actually found that my eyesight was getting worse, as every time I had a 6-month check up, my vision actually got worse, and the power of my lenses kept increasing. I started off as -1.15 and now I have to wear -2.50, as I am short-sighted.

My personal experience with lenses hasn’t been something I’d shout about. I have now decided to just wear glasses instead, and I only use my lenses if I’m going out for a special occasion. I’m currently using the EasyVision Linarial’s, which are prescribed by Specsavers.

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I am now perfectly happy and comfortable wearing my glasses by Gok Wan‘s range because it’s just a simple black frame.

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If you’re young and think that glasses are going to make you ‘uncool’ then just try your best to get over the stigma, because when you get older, glasses become a fashion trend, I mean now everyone is copying Barb from Stranger Things with the glasses! Just save your eyesight as much as you can and look after your eyes.

I greatly regret my decision about wearing contact lenses, and I really wish I listened to my parents, but I chose not to just because I was scared of people judging me.

I know that the damage I’ve done to my eyesight is now irreversible, but I do try my best to look after my vision better now. I use Hypromellose Dry Eye Drops, to help keep my eyes moist and less tired. I like to also take vitamin supplements, such as the Bausch + Lomb Ocuvite Lutein Eye Vitamin Supplements and the Vitabiotics Visionace Original for Maintenance of Normal Vision, as sometimes I feel like I miss key supplements that I need in my diet to maintain the health of my eyes and hence why they have deteriorated more than they should have done for someone my age.

I feel like the pictures below perfectly represent my vision with and without my glasses. I literally cannot go out in public without my glasses on now because everything looks very blurry and I can’t see people properly, so I panic.

Another piece of advice is…if you don’t need glasses or contact lenses, please don’t use them for the sake of using them as a fashion accessory, because they will damage your eyesight in the long run and they really aren’t worth it!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Stella March 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Nice post there Jenny 🙂

    You said that you tried to switch from monthly to daily lenses, which did not work well for you but now you continue to use the daily lenses, how is that working out for you?
    Did you know that the easyvision are just a private brand of MyDay daily by CooperVision?
    Anyway, feel free to drop me a message if you want to try any other lenses,

    Stella <3

    • Reply theconfessionsofanonlineshopaholic March 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      Hi Stella, thank you very much for taking the time to read my blog post!

      Well at the moment I only actually wear my daily lenses for special occasions, because the lenses I do wear end up drying my eyes out and feeling incredibly uncomfortable. I have wanted to try the Acuvue Oasys and the AirOptix but I’ve not got round to seeing my opticians about them. I just can’t seem to find a pair of lens that I can keep in all day and not notice that they’re there. Oh no I didn’t know that, but thank you for sharing that with me!
      Thank you very much Stella! ?

    Please leave a comment, I'd love to hear your thoughts!