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Pros and Cons of Eyeglasses - Topic Overview

Advantages of eyeglasses

  • Most adults, children, and infants can wear glasses.
  • Glasses provide accurate and predictable vision correction. Eyeglasses reliably correct your vision to within 0.50 diopter of the desired correction.
  • Glasses are less expensive than contact lenses or surgery. They are easier to take care of than contact lenses.
  • Glasses are unlikely to cause side effects, because they never touch the eyeball itself.
  • Glasses are available everywhere and can be changed easily as your vision changes.
  • Glasses can protect your eyes from injury (such as something getting in your eye).

Disadvantages of eyeglasses

  • In some types of work (such as firefighting) or in active sports, eyeglasses may be unacceptable (although some athletes may wear prescription goggles during sporting events).
  • Some people find glasses inconvenient, uncomfortable, annoying (they tend to fog up in humid or cold environments, for example), or unattractive.
  • Eyeglasses can be broken or lost.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: October 16, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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