Why Do My Eyes Get Tired Faster When I Wear Contacts Versus Glasses?

Posted on July 23, 2011 · Posted in Contact Lenses, Eyeglasses

Another great question popped up recently over on Quora.  A poster noticed that his distance vision with glasses or contact lenses was fairly equal, but when he worked at the computer, his eyes fatigued much faster when he wore his contacts. What gives?

The laws of optics, that’s what.  Nearsighted people experience greater demand on the focusing system of the eye when they are wearing their contact lenses.  Couple that with the natural tendency for contact lenses to dry out due to less blinking at the computer, decreased focusing ability with age, and potential ergonomic issues creating a suboptimal visual workspace and you have a recipe for eye strain/fatigue.

It is important to note, though, that in no way does this mean that the poster cannot wear contact lenses anymore.  If you are noticing something similar, talk it over with your eye doctor at your next examination.  They will be able to recommend materials and modifications to help alleviate your near-point strain.

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