Advantages and Disadvantages of Contact Lenses

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Wearing Contact Lenses

For those who are considering getting contact lenses to replace their glasses and for those who are not too sure about which is better for them there are some things you should be aware of before you make your decision.

It has been estimated that some 130 million persons across the world who suffer from some form of vision problem wear contact lenses and not glasses. It must be emphasised that wearing these kinds of lenses has its risks and some of these risks can be offset by choosing the right one for you and frequent maintenance. Contact lenses off wearers vision correction and a comfortable fit.

The materials used to make contact lenses vary and generally the end result falls into two main types of plastic, namely gas permeable lenses and soft lenses. Gas permeable contact lenses are distinctively firm and are small in size. They are also more breathable since the cornea has to have oxygen for good health. Soft contact lenses tend to fit to your eye’s shape and are a lot more flexible than the gas permeable lenses. Wearers generally feel a great deal of comfort when wearing them and they are easy to use. They usually stay in place far better than the gas lenses and are highly recommended for those engage is active living.

Here are the main advantages and disadvantages of wearing contact lenses.


  • Appearance. Most users like their appearance when they wear contact lenses.
  • No steam formed. Glasses tend to form steam over time. With contact lenses there is no formation of steam and they remain clear over a long period of time when being used.
  • Whatever direction the eye moves the contact lens moves in that same direction.
  • There is a wider field of vision.
  • A lot of the vision problems are remedied by contact lenses much more effective when compared with regular glasses.
  • There is a wide variety of lenses available on the market.


  • Adapting to new contact lens with require some amount of time for many people. It will require some degree of practice to learn how to insert and remove the lens properly.
  • When handling contact lenses you have to do so with a lot of care as they tend to tear easily.
  • Corneal infections are possible.
  • They can easily be lost if they should fall out.
  • They tend to cost a lot more than regular glasses. Other costs associated with contact lenses include any adjustments required, accessories and cleaning solutions and materials.
  • They require daily maintenance.

When you get your contact lens it is very important that you read the manufacturers instruction on wearing and caring. It is very important that you consider these points before you decide on wearing contact lenses. You should also find out which type is best for the vision problem you have. As eye care is part of your overall health also consider your lifestyle and the costs of constantly using contact lenses. You must consult with your optician before making a decision.