Contact lenses were a "liberation" for a concert musician, he has stated.
In a blog post for the Telegraph, Stephen Hough recalled wearing his "usual nerdy glasses" at a student performance in the early 1980s.
He explained that he had thrown his head back with passion as he concluded the piano piece, only for his glasses to fly off his face, landing on the floor and dislodging one of the lenses.
Mr Hough said that the experience had prompted him to start wearing contact lenses.
"What a tremendous liberation they were," he wrote, explaining that they did not fall off or go steamy.
Among the concert pianist"s accolades is a MacArthur Fellowship which he was awarded in 2001.
by Emily Tait