When deciding which one is right for you, it’s best to remember that neither choice is superior to the other. Each one offers its own set of advantages and disadvantages. It is up to you to decide which fits your lifestyle, aesthetic, and budget more.
Let’s take a look at some advantages and disadvantages of wearing contact lenses:
Advantages of contact lenses
- Contact lenses provide predictable vision correction.
- They eliminate the need to wear eyeglasses all the time.
- Contacts provide better side vision than eyeglasses.
- A wide range of lens types is available to meet individual needs.
- Contacts cost more than eyeglasses but less than Lasik surgery (although surgery may be less expensive in the long run if it allows you to go without glasses or contacts).
- Some people prefer the way they look when wearing contacts rather than eyeglasses.
Disadvantages of contact lenses
- Cleaning and disinfecting your lenses can be complicated and inconvenient. You need good hand-eye coordination to clean, insert, and remove the lenses; the process can take a while to get used to.
- There is an increased risk of corneal infections, scratches, and scrapes.
- Lenses can be easily damaged or lost.
- Some people cannot wear contact lenses comfortably. After going through the initial discomfort and expense of contact lenses, some people continue to find them uncomfortable or otherwise unsatisfactory.
- Wearing contact lenses can cost at least 150 per year, including the costs of cleaning and disinfecting solutions. People who have to replace their lenses or change prescriptions regularly may spend much more. The cost of the lenses varies according to the type of lens you wear.
- In some work areas, you will need to use protective eyewear if you wear contact lenses.
This list is intended to help you see the potential pros and cons of whether contact lenses are right for you. Key aspects to focus on, regardless of your choice, are knowledge and preparation. Being educated in all aspects of the decision, positive and negative, helps you make the most informed decision possible. And being prepared will help make any adjustments you need to do easier and less stressful. For example, having lubricating eye drops and appropriate contact solution ready will make the transition more manageable, without the worry or what-ifs.
Eye drops friendly for contact lenses: