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This may seem a conceited observation, but I have noticed that contact lenses give me wrinkles around my eyes.
I have been wearing contact lenses for several years now. The most recent ones that I was using were soft lenses that were replaced every 3 months.
I started to notice about 2 years ago (at the age of 26) that my eyes were getting wrinkles, which I guess is quite normal at my age, but they seemed to be quite deep and started to concern me. My mother, who is in her early fifties has realy good skin, but terrible bags and wrinkles around her eyes. I thought maybe it was heriditary, but as the rest of her skin was completely wrinkle free, and no-one else in her family had this, it seemed a bit strange. She had been wearing contact lenses for about 20 years.
I first realised that this maybe a result of my lenses when an eye infection meant that I had to wear glasses for a few weeks. I noticed a vast improvement around my eyes, with wrinkles literally disappearing (my husband also noticed).
I eventually took the decision to invest in a really nice pair of frameless glasses, with thin non-reflective lenses. People say they can hardly notice that I am wearing them. After 6 months, my eyes look literally years younger. I now wear my lenses just occasionally for special events. Whenever I do, however, I always notice the degenerative effects on my eyes the following day.
I would be interested to hear if anyone has made any similar observations. With women spending so much money each year on anti-wrinkle creams, I feel that this is an important issue.
I have worn contact lenses for over 6 years, and I have no wrinkles around my eyes (Im 27). I agree with MissC and think your prescription is too weak, making you squint, whereas your prescription in your glasses is probably stronger. Contact lenses are really fantastic IF you have a good qualified optician and good aftercare.
MissC 15.01.2003 20:57
It sounds to me as though the prescription for your contact lenses needs opdating. I am a Dispensing Optician training to become a Contact Lens Fitter. I believe you've been straining to focus with you contact lenses hence the wrinkles, due to you squinting/straining and "screwing your eye's up" to focus. Better get yourself booked in for a Contact Lens check up!
drusilla 10.10.2001 17:24
I wear glasses too (but only for reading) and after reading this I'm extremely glad I chose to avoid contacts. Thanks for thw warning! ~ Dru