The following was written by Bill Evans and published in the Coolum and North Shore News, Ask the Professionals page on Friday, 28th February 2014.
Q: What are the advantages of contact lenses?
A: Contact lenses have several advantages over spectacles. With contact lenses you get a wider field of view than glasses. Glasses frames may block your peripheral vision, or the lenses in many smaller frames don’t cover your peripheral vision. Contact lenses move with your eyes giving you clearest vision through the optic zone of the lens, no matter which direction you look. Also, with higher prescription spectacles things may appear smaller and further away for short-sighted people. This doesn’t occur with contact lenses; no matter how high the prescription everything appears normal in size. Other people enjoy contact lenses because they don’t get splattered by rain on a rainy day, and are safer and more practical for sports. Talk to your optometrist to see if contact lenses would be suitable for you.