I bet you guys are thinking why on earth am I writing about contact lenses when my blog is about eyewear? Let me explain. The blog started back in July 2011, and it started because I wanted to express some of my experiences as a glasses wearer. Funnily enough, if us glasses wearers are not in glasses then we are probably wearing contacts, or just walking into objects. So, yes, I don’t just wear glasses. After a lot of thinking over the years, I believe it is now time to open another door and talk about contact lenses because I wear both and both have different challenges. I am sure I am not the only person in the world that wears both. So, here it goes.
My glasses-wearing journey started when I was 12 years old. My contact lenses wearing journey began when I was 18 when I joined a kickboxing class. I felt wearing glasses in a kickboxing class was a bad idea. Ever since I have always worn both, but I wore contacts a lot more when I was in uni just because I couldn’t afford to fork out hundreds of pounds in one go to buy new glasses. I’d like to say that I have got a lot of experience wearing contacts. I am not claiming I know a lot about them because my knowledge only stretches to me being a wearer at this moment in time.
When I got an email from Vision Direct (one of the largest online contact lens sellers) about an award evening they are hosting, I was immediately interested. The award is for designing something useful that can tackle some of the issues surrounding wearing contact lenses. They had 64 entries from 18 universities in 4 countries. On Wednesday 26th February, they held the awards ceremony in the Tate Modern London. I was invited along to the ceremony.
64 entries were narrowed down to 10 finalists. I was having a look at the 10 finalist’s ideas and they all had a purpose. They each solved different problems for contact lens wearers. In the end, the winner was Kristen Tapping from London South Bank University who designed an eco-friendly system for daily contact lens wearers. Her product was called Ecosight. I am not a daily contact lens wearer, but I do know that if you are, every day you are throwing away tiny plastic trays and of course the lenses will be thrown away each day. A lot of waste is produced. Ecosight is a tray that can be reused again and again. A tray is sent to the wearer with all the lenses sterilised in solution. Once you have finished the 5 or 7 day course, you can send the tray back. The tray will then be sterilised ready to be reused again.
I know some will argue and say, this doesn’t directly solve any problems for the person wearing the lenses, and you are right. However, I would say if you are conscious of the environmental impact of wearing daily content lenses, then this could be the solution to the problem. At the moment there is nothing like that on the market. If you are a daily wearer, then you are just throwing plastic away, daily. Even for me as a monthly wearer, I feel terrible for throwing plastic away regularly.
If I had to pick a close second, my personal favourite was Vision Vessel because it is an all in one storage solution for monthly contact lens wearers like myself. If you are interested to see all the finalists, then follow this link here. In the future, you will see more from MyGlassesAndMe covering contact lenses, and I hope you will stay supporting the blog. Thank you!