Contact lenses are one of those over looked marvels of modern science that just make life easier. It wasn’t until the late 70s that contact lenses were really readily available to the general public and that they wouldn’t cost you a small fortune. At the end of the 1800s the first version of contact lenses as we know them appeared. They were made out thick glass and could only be worn for a couple of hours without extreme discomfort. In the 50s and 60s the thinner, lighter plexi glass lenses were developed but they were so expensive people used to get them insured. Since then we have come a long way and now more than 3 million people wear contacts in the UK. So we decided to have a closer look at the advantages of contacts, the type of contacts available and the proper care for contacts and your eyes.