If you’re reading this through contact lenses, you could be headed for droopy eyelids. And you’re not alone, my friend. More than 30 million Americans wear contact lenses, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
So what’s the big deal? Lots of people wear contacts and love them. But here’s the thing: Your eyes may not be loving them.
Research Isn’t in Your Favor
A recent study shows that people who wear contacts end up with upper eyelids that sag more than people who don’t wear contacts. Those who wear hard contacts had eyelids that drooped an average of 1.84 millimeters and those who wear soft ones were at 1.41 millimeters.
That doesn’t sound too bad, until you consider that people who don’t wear contact lenses had an average droop of 1 millimeter.
Every Little Bit Matters
Still, what’s half a millimeter? You probably don’t remember your meters — really, who does? — but a millimeter is itsy bitsy, the merest fraction of an inch.
That tiny millimeter matters when it comes to your eyelids though. Even half a millimeter of droop could make you look tired or older than you are. As you continue to celebrate your 39th birthday over and over again, your sagging eyelids just might give you away. Not good news, huh?
What’s a Girl to Do?
Unless you’ve got a pair of trendy glasses you’re ready to show off, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to part with your contact lenses. Fortunately, you don’t need to. Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is becoming one of the most common facial procedures among both celebrities and everyday people. So keep right on enjoying those contacts, and when the time comes, a quick nip and tuck around the eyes can bring you a more youthful and refreshed look.