Who can wear contact lenses?

Almost anyone can wear contact lenses although special considerations are needed for children and older people. Learn more about your eyes today.

While most eye care issues remain the same throughout our lives, others can change – just as we do:

• Some teens and young adults may experience tired eyes from hours of study or working in front of a computer for long periods of time
• Middle-aged adults may develop presbyopia (the need for reading or bifocal glasses)
• Elderly people may develop dry eyes, glaucoma or cataracts

ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are designed to correct your vision at all ages.

 
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Learn more about your eyes – and which contact lenses are right for you

In your teens
In your 20’s and 30’s
In your 40’s and 50’s
In your 60’s and beyond

 

Wearing lenses in your teens

Wearing lenses in your teens

Wearing contact lenses can make a big difference to your life. But how do you know if you’re ready to start wearing them? We’ve compiled four handy questions to help you decide.

 

 

 

 

 

Are your eyes healthy?

We all go through many changes in our teens – and sometimes this can include our vision. To make sure your eyes are healthy, you need to get an eye examination every year.

Is your vision as good as you want it to be?

Teens have their own vision needs which are often different from children or adults. It might be time to think about contact lenses if:

• Your glasses slide down your nose when you run or play sport
• You are having trouble seeing the blackboard in your classrooms
• You’re outside all the time and you need to wear sunglasses
• It’s hard to focus on a computer screen, book or other up-close work
• You've just got your driving license and want to make sure you have good vision
• You think you look better and more like yourself – without glasses

Have you spoken to your parents about wearing lenses?

Before you talk to your parents about getting contact lenses, make sure you understand all the ins and outs of what you’re asking for – and why it’s a good idea. Your parents will be much more open to your request if you’ve done your homework.

Do you feel ready to start wearing lenses?

The final word on whether or not you start wearing contact lenses is down to one person: you! You’re the one who’s going to wear the lenses (and take care of them). Contact lenses will affect how you see – and how other people see you. To decide if you’re ready to wear contact lenses, ask yourself:

• Do your glasses interfere with your activities?
• Do you see as well as you want to with glasses?
• Do you prefer the way you look without glasses?

 

Wearing lenses in your 20’s and 30’s

Wearing lenses in your 20’s and 30’s
Whether you’re just considering contact lenses or you’ve been wearing them for years, it’s good to remember that successful, healthy vision depends on three things:

 

 

 

 

 
 

Are your eyes healthy?

When you’re in your 20’s and 30’s, your eyes are more prone to certain types of conditions, such as Computer Vision Syndrome (blurred vision and red eyes after spending time at a computer) or irritation from pollution (especially if you live in a city). To make sure your eyes are healthy, you need to get an eye examination every year.

Is your vision as good as you want it to be?

Your vision will continue changing as you grow older. While you’re not quite at the reading glasses or bifocal lenses stage yet, you may need to have your prescription checked more frequently, or adjust your vision correction method to fit your lifestyle.

What’s the best method of vision correction for you?

To make sure you are using (or choose) the right vision correction method for your needs, meet with your eye care professional to talk about your options:

• Make an appointment immediately if you notice any changes in your eyes or vision
• Consider a change to daily disposable lenses if you live an active lifestyle and want convenience and comfort
• Contact lenses worn under safety goggles provide excellent vision during contact sports or industrial work
• Consider ACUVUE® OASYS® with HYDRACLEAR® Plus to help keep your eyes feeling moist and fresh even in challenging environments such as PC use and air conditioned offices
ACUVUE® contact lenses have UV-Blocking* to help protect your eyes when you're outdoors for work or leisure'

 

Wearing lenses in your 40’s and 50’s

Wearing lenses in your 40’s and 50’s
Whether you’re considering a switch to contact lenses or you’ve been wearing them for years, it’s good to remember that successful, healthy vision depends on three things:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Are your eyes healthy?

When you’re in your 40’s and 50’s, your eyes tend to tire more easily, may be prone to dryness, and may be more sensitive to contact lenses (and solutions) than they used to be. Most of these symptoms are simply a matter of age related change. But to make sure your eyes are healthy, it’s wise to have an eye examination every year.

Is your vision as good as you want it to be?

Your vision may continue to change as you grow older. Even in your 40’s and 50’s, your prescription may evolve from year to year. But the biggest change you’ll face is presbyopia – the inability to focus properly on fine print or up-close work. If you’ve resigned yourself to wearing reading or bifocal glasses, you’ll be happy to know that advances in contact lens technology means you may not need them, after all.

What’s the best method of vision correction for you?

To make sure you are using (or choose) the right vision correction method for your needs, make an appointment to meet with your eye care professional to talk about your options:

• Make an appointment immediately if you notice any changes in your eyes or vision
ACUVUE® BIFOCAL corrects presbyopia conveniently, comfortably and without the need for glasses
ACUVUE® contact lenses have UV-Blocking* which has the highest UV blocking in our current product portfolio to help protect your eyes when you’re outdoors for work or leisure
• Consider ACUVUE® OASYS® with HYDRACLEAR® Plus to help keep your eyes feeling moist and fresh even in challenging environments such as PC use and air conditioned offices
• Consider a change to daily disposable lenses if you live an active lifestyle and want convenience and comfort

 

Wearing lenses in your 60’s and beyond

Wearing lenses in your 60’s and beyond
Whether you’re considering a change to contact lenses or you’ve been wearing them for years, it’s good to remember that successful, healthy vision depends on three things:

 

 

 

 

 

Are your eyes healthy?

When you’re in your 60’s or older, your eyes may be prone to dryness, and may be more sensitive to light than they used to be. You also have a greater risk of developing glaucoma, cataracts or other eye maladies. To make sure your eyes are healthy, it’s wise to have a thorough eye examination every year.

Is your vision as good as you want it to be?

Your vision has likely stabilized at this point in your life, but it may continue evolving. As you grow older you need to be extra-vigilant of the health of your vision and eyes, and contact your eye care professional immediately if you experience any sudden changes. The good news is that many people continue wearing – or even begin wearing – contact lenses in middle age and beyond. Your vision correction needs can be met comfortably, safely and effectively with contact lenses at any age.

What’s the best method of vision correction for you?

To make sure you are using (or choose) the right vision correction method for your needs, make an appointment to meet with your eye care professional to talk about your options:

ACUVUE® BIFOCAL corrects presbyopia conveniently, comfortably, and glasses-free
• Consider ACUVUE® OASYS® with HYDRACLEAR® Plus to help keep your eyes feeling moist and fresh even in challenging environments such as PC use
ACUVUE® contact lenses have UV-Blocking* to help protect your eyes when you're outdoors for work or leisure'

 

*UV absorbing contact lenses are not substitutes for UV blocking sunglasses as they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area.