Contact Lenses: Pros And Cons

You've just had an eye exam and you've been told you need glasses. However, you can't stand the thought of yourself with glasses so you're considering contact lenses. You'd like to know, though, whether contact lenses are good or bad. What are the pros and cons of wearing contact lenses? Will you be able to see the same as you would with glasses? Will you irritate your eyes by placing little plastic discs on them? Do you need to change them often and, if so, is that going to be expensive? These all of these questions should be discussed with your doctor before you get contact lenses but this article will at least let you in on a few pros and cons of wearing these alternatives to glasses.

The Pros

The pros to contacts, some would say, far outweigh the negatives. First of all, you're not wearing glasses so your appearance will not change. In fact, nobody will know you're wearing them unless you tell them. Also, contacts lenses allow you to have perfect peripheral vision. Often times, you need to turn your head with glasses if you want to see to the side because they only cover the front of your eyes. But probably the most important pro of wearing contact lenses is that you can play sports and do other activities without your glasses getting in the way or without fear of them falling off your face and breaking.

The Cons

There are some cons, however, to wearing contacts. Depending on the type you have, you likely will have to take them out at night and put them in a solution. While this isn't a big deal, doing this with such small objects leaves the chance that they'll fall off your finger or out of the case and onto the floor. They are very hard to see and thus can be lost easily. You will also likely have to buy new ones every few months. With glasses, you only need to buy them once. But the biggest con to wearing contact lenses is that, if they get scratched or become dirty, they can irritate your eyes and they can cause infections. However, if you take care of them, this is unlikely to happen.

So you see, the pros to wearing contact lenses outweigh the cons. Many people wear contacts nowadays as an alternative to wearing glasses. They are less cumbersome, they allow you to have peripheral vision, they won't fall off your face and break and you can choose other colors so that you can actually change the appearance of your eyes. So if you're thinking about getting contacts, you're making a very good decision.