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On Contact Lenses

If you wear contact lenses or are thinking about making
the switch, you’re in good company. Contact lenses
provide clear vision to approximately 37 million Americans.

Who's wearing contact lenses, anyway?

75%

of American adults use some type of vision correction

16%

wear contact lenses full or part-time

64%

wear eyeglasses full or part-time

Seeing fuzzy?

You’re not alone. Refractive errors like myopia (nearsightedness)
and hyperopia (farsightedness) are pretty common.

of Americans are farsighted
of Americans are nearsighted

Half of all contact lens wearers started
wearing contacts by age 18

Age 18 or under

19 to 25 years old

26 to 45 years old

46 or older

The average age of contact lens wearers is 31 years old

33%

of contact lens
wearers are male

67%

of contact lens
wearers are female

Fun facts about contacts

Now some extended wear silicone hydrogel lenses
can be worn day and night for up to 30 days and nights

Early glass contact lenses could
only be worn for a few hours

500 YEARS

of history at a glance

Though they might seem a recent phenomenon,
contact lenses actually go back a long way:

1887

The first successful contact lens was
made from heavy brown glass

1971

Soft contact lenses were approved by the FDA

1999

Silicone hydrogel contact lenses
became available in the U.S.

1508

The concept of contact lenses can be traced back to Leonardo da Vinci, who noted that when you stick your face in water, you see things differently

1938

The first all-plastic contact lens was made

1995

Disposable contact lenses were introduced

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