Contact lenses Pros and Cons

Are you thinking about starting with contact lenses? Before you make a decision, there are some important factors to consider. You’ll want to be aware the costs, type of lenses you need, and the general maintenance required, and it’s best to discuss all of these with your optician. But before that appointment, we’ve compiled some tips to help you make an informed decision about your vision.

What are the pros and cons of wearing contact lenses?

Contact lenses are a healthy and convenient way of correcting your vision. However, because they are thin and nearly invisible, it may take some time to get used to handling them effectively. Although lenses give you freedom from bulky frames, many lenses also require every-day cleaning. See a summary of contact lenses’ pros and cons in the table below.

Provides a natural field of view without restricting vision
Can correct almost any refractive error
Great for an active lifestyle, sports, exercising and travel
With daily disposable lenses, there is no hassle of cleaning
Comfortable to wearer without weight of glasses
Clear vision and no fog during rain and cold days
Require thorough maintenance for health and comfort
Can cause dry eyes which requires the use of eye drops
Might take some time to adjust in the beginning
Can get irritated or infected if dirt, water or something else gets in your eye
Must be removed before sleeping unless approved by optician
Must be removed when showering or swimming

Advantages of contact lenses

Because contact lenses sit directly on your cornea, they provide you with a natural field of view, without restricting your peripheral vision. A great advantage of contact lenses is that anyone can wear them, regardless of age. They can be worn just as well by young children as by elderly.

Today, contact lenses are capable of correcting the majority of eyesight problems. It might take a week or two before you fully adjust to them, but almost anyone can wear contact lenses without complications. Moreover, advanced technology in recent years has made tremendous progress in making contact lenses more comfortable and easier to wear. Newer brands possess all kinds of different properties. They are also great for sports and exercising. Unlike with glasses, you won’t have to worry about your lenses falling off, slipping or breaking during an important match or your daily gym session. Moreover, they also provide you with a natural peripheral view, and thus won’t limit your performance.

Daily contact lenses, in particular, can make travelling much easier. Without the need to pack your glasses and case, or bulky bottles of solution, you’re free to pack light and breeze through airport security.

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Disadvantages of contact lenses

If you decide to wear lenses, keep the lens care basics in mind when it comes to cleaning and handling your lenses. It is crucial for the comfort and health of your eyes that you clean them properly every day and change them regularly. Not following hygienic procedures or wearing lenses for longer than their prescribed period can lead to discomfort, so it’s important to follow your optician’s instructions on lens wear and cleaning. Read more tips for proper lens hygiene here. However, if you decide to go for daily contact lenses, you will spare yourself the hassle of cleaning, as you get to wear a new pair of lenses each day. If you are just starting with lenses, you may find their handling a little challenging at first, especially when it comes to putting them on and taking them off. This, however, is a matter of practice and will get easier with time. Although contact lenses can be worn during any activity, you should avoid exposing them to any form of water. Always remove your lenses before showering, swimming or using a sauna or hot tub.

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