What are the advantages and disadvantages of wearing a contact lens?
I believe a few of the advantages to wearing contact lenses are as follows:
Do not have to reach for a pair of glasses in the middle of the night to find and put your glasses on, let's say to make a trip to the bathroom.
Secondly wearing contact lenses makes many individuals look more appealing to others
Third reason is that contact lenses come in various tints or shades, therefore you are able to change your eye color by mix and matching contact lenses.
A few of the disadvantages of wearing contact lenses would be:
One of your contact lenses could fall out while playing sports, or even taking a swim at the beach. And this could be a disadvantage resulting in a possible embarrassing moment or two for the contact lense wearer.
Secondly if you lose a contact lense while driving this could result in an individual winding up in a serious vehicle accident, because of obscured vision in one of the eyes.
And third-constant wearing of contact lenses overtime can change the peripheral vision of your eyes, which in itself is a disadantage because your overall vision overtime from wearing contact lenses can worsen.
These are a few of the advantages and disadvantages of wearing contact lenses, however there are many other reasons to wear and not to wear contact lenses.
I used to wear contacts and the advantages are 1) not having to bother with glasses, 2) swimming and seeing, 3) perhaps improved appearance, 4) ability to wear sunglasses that don't have to fit over glasses or wear prescription sunglasses. Disadvantages for me were 1) eye irritation, 2) frailty of the contacts, 3) losing them.
With contacts, you see better in peripheral vision. So you can see better when playing sports and sometimes when driving where you have to see things from the side of you eyes. Also they don't move around like glasses when you are playing sports.
Overall I prefer contact lenses to glasses but one major disadvantage of contact lenses, as far as I'm concerned, is using a computer for a long time. I feel my eyes are bothered with contacts in if I am on the computer for a long time. I think wearing a mix of the two is the best, because as some other answers have pointed out wearing contacts all the time can make your eyesight worse. A major advantage of contacts is during the summer when you need to wear sunglasses as well, for me it is easier to wear contacts with regular (not prescription) sunglasses.
My wife used to wear contact lens and now she is wearing glasses.
The advantage is more of looks and comfortable than glasses.
Disadvantage is that it can cause irritation and cutting the surface of the eyes when rubbing. She didn't know and it caused an infection. Luckily it is not a serious cut as she is using the soft lenses.
So our decision is stick with the inconvenience of glasses to be safe.
For me, the advantage of contact lenses has been peripheral vision. My eyesight and astigmatism are such that wearing glasses involves thick, heavy lenses that distort my depth perception and eliminate all peripheral vision. Long story short, I tend to fall down stairs a lot wearing glasses!
I am lucky in that I easily tolerate extended-wear lenses and can sleep in mine. This was invaluable as a new mom dealing with night feedings and insomniac infants. I have had a few eye infections over the years, necessitating removal of a lens until healing is complete, and it slowed me down somewhat, but these have been few and far between.
The advantage of contact lenses for me was purely for ego. I thought I looked better without glasses. That said, I never enjoyed clear vision with my contact lenses. I have an astigmatism and just could not get the contacts to work. Bummer!
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