Eliminate the need to wear eyeglasses all the time
Provide better peripheral (side) vision than eyeglasses
A wide range of lens types is available to meet individual needs.
Cost more than eyeglasses but less than surgery (though surgery may be less expensive in the long run if it allows you to go without glasses or contacts)
You may prefer the way you look wearing contacts rather than eyeglasses.
Cleaning and disinfecting your contact lenses can be complicated and inconvenient. You need good hand-eye coordination to clean, insert, and remove the lenses.
Increased risk of corneal infections, scratches, and scrapes
Can be easily damaged or lost
Some people can't wear contact lenses comfortably.
Yearly costs include the lenses and the solutions to clean and disinfect them. The costs are greater for people who have to replace their lenses or change prescriptions regularly.
You may no longer need to wear corrective lenses (glasses or contacts) after surgery.
You will not have to bother with the daily cleaning and care of contact lenses.
May turn out to be less expensive than glasses or contact lenses over the long term, if you don't need corrective lenses after surgery
Some people still need corrective lenses after surgery.
Long-term risks are still unknown.
Risk of complications (though complications that threaten vision are rare)
Skilled surgeons may not be available in all areas.
Surgery and follow-up care are expensive.
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September 09, 2014
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