Should I switch to contact lenses? A quick guide

The UK market for contact lenses is one of the biggest in Europe. According to recent figures published by Statista, almost 8.5% of the total population uses contact lenses, with 5.2% wearing them daily. We’ve outlined a few of the main benefits of using contact lenses – especially if you’re considering switching over from glasses for the first time.

Why choose contact lenses?

Unlike glasses, contact lenses sit directly on the surface of your eye, known as your cornea.

As a result, they provide you with a more natural field of view, without anything to obstruct or restrict your peripheral version. Above all, they’re almost invisible and much more discreet than glasses: to anyone else, it’s impossible to know that you’re wearing them.

Aside from correcting some of the most common vision problems – including short- and long-sightedness – wearing contact lenses can also reduce the complications of astigmatism, a curvature of the eye that causes blurred vision.

Do contact lenses hurt?

Clear Contact lenses Prescription shouldn’t hurt at all. When they’re used correctly, they should be comfortable to be worn for hours at a time – with pain-free insertion and removal too.

However, some users might experience mild discomfort. If you’re unsure how to put your contact lenses in your eyes correctly, don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare provider for some advice.

And if you’re suffering from an infection or any irritation, it’s a good idea to wait until you’ve recovered before using contact lenses.

What are contact lenses good for?

Leading an active lifestyle

If you participate in sport or lead an active lifestyle, contact lenses provide greater freedom and flexibility. Unlike glasses, they won’t bounce around on your face; they’re lighter and less obstructive; and they won’t interfere with headwear if you participate in contact sports.


Contact lenses increase your field of vision, making them a much more suitable choice for driving. Additionally, ordinary lenses on glasses might cause distracting reflections at night. Contact lenses remove this extra worry, and they’re also available with blue-light and UV blocking technologies.

But when it comes to driving, the biggest benefit of contact lenses is their ability to help with quick reactions, offering an improved field of vision.

Improved confidence

Wearing contact lenses allows you to show off your whole face.

You won’t need to worry about clashes between the style of your glasses and your outfit, nor will you think about your frames being trendy. If you’ve fallen out of love with your glasses or you’d just like to make a change to your looks, opting for contact lenses could be a sensible decision.  


Lastly, if you’re clumsy or forgetful, wearing contact lenses instead of glasses could help to make your life just that little bit more convenient. Before switching over, just make sure that you’re comfortable with your decision.

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