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Some Facts About Contact Lenses

glassesContact Lenses, or CLs, first became widely used in the 60s. But early lenses would not allow much oxygen to reach the eyes and did cause a number of problems, By the 70s and 80s, a range of oxygen-permeable lenses became available, and usage of contact lenses became a lot more widespread.

Today, over 120 million people worldwide use CLs, with something like 30 million users in the United States alone. The average age of a contact lens wearer is 31, and two-thirds of wearers are female. People can wear contact lenses for a variety of reasons, but among the most notable reasons are for appearance and functionality. Overall, contact lenses will allow you to see better, and also addresses certain vision problems like Keratoconus better. For these reasons and more, contact lens usage is expected to grow over the next few years. By the year 2020, it is expected that the size of the contact lense industry will be over 13.5 billion dollars worldwide.

The cost of contact lenses is one thing that holds back some potential contact lens wearers. Take a pair of eyeglasses, for example. If you find a good discount store on the Internet, you can often get a decent pair of eyeglasses for as little as $40 or less. On the other hand, a single box of contact lens (which would usually last you for about 3 months) can cost $70 or more. Not to mention, the cost of contact lens exams are more pricey than the cost of an eye exam if you were to only get a prescription for glasses.

So what is a potential contact lens user on a budget to do? The best option is to purchase contact lenses over the Internet, where you can get good deals if you use discount online contact lens stores such as Lens.com. If you do shop for your lenses online, make sure you obtain some Lens.com coupon codes from coupon sites like Coupon Leaf.com, as this gives you the chance to get additional savings on your purchase.

As for what kind of contact lens you should purchase, it's best to discuss this with your optometrist. Most will recommend daily disposable lenses, but they are also the most expensive. I myself prefer extended wears lenses called Air Optix, as they are affordable but still allow my eyes to breathe quite a bit.


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