Advantages and Disadvantages of Contact Lenses for Nearsightedness
Advantages of contact lenses
Contact lenses (contacts) provide predictable vision
They eliminate the need to wear eyeglasses all the
Contacts provide better side vision than
A wide range of lens types is available to meet
Contacts cost more than eyeglasses but less than
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.
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
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.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
June 24, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 24, 2011
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