In this day and age the pros and cons of wearing contact lens may seem very obvious to some, but for others they might still be struggling with the idea and may have to narrow it down to a list of pros and cons in order to decide. The advent of contacts was greeted with a huge sigh of relief and welcome for millions of people around the world who had to wear glasses. In fact two main groups, those of us who have had to wear glasses since we were children and those of us who had to constantly wear our glasses to do everything, watch tv, walk, run, drive and work on the computer, not just to read. There is a third group who also welcomed the news of contact lens, the newbies who were brought kicking and screaming, face to face with the undeniable fact that they need glasses. They too were overjoyed at not being “saddled” with glasses anymore.
For some, our joy was very short lived as we soon found out that these new contacts were not for everyone, they were still some of us who were just beyond help. Then there were others who could wear contacts, but not the easy going, no commitment kind of contacts, the disposal ones that you could use and then throw them away and pop in a new pair. You were forced to make a commitment to your contact lens for the long haul, care and proper maintenance was important for all contact lens, wearers but especially for those who did not have the joys of wearing disposable lens.
Then there was the cost, the initial cost of lens did scare off a lot of would be contact lens wearers as the cost was simply too much and to some, not worth the added expense. If you included the cost of all the supplies needed to care for, store, carry around and clean your lens, then the cost moved even further out of reach for some. Luckily, as the newness of the technology wore off and more manufacturers joined the game, the cost of contacts came down and was accessible to everyone and the even better news was that many of us who could not avail ourselves of the opportunity to leave our glasses behind suddenly could, the world was wide open and full of possibilities.
Then the game changed again and suddenly glasses of all shapes, sizes and colors were on the market and even those who did not need to wear prescription lens, were now choosing to sport the latest trends in eyewear. Glasses suddenly became cool and so once again the dilemma, what option to choose. In the end it comes down to personal choices that have to with the way you live and your budget. Contacts do provide a better range of side vision and accurate vision correction, they also don’t fall off and won’t clash with your look. On the other hand contacts can definitely be more expensive than glasses and are not the easiest or cheapest to maintain, there is the constant risk of infection and just as you finally get used to putting them in or taking them out the risk of losing your contact lens.