At the Eye Doc of Boca, many of our patients ask about the benefits of using contact lenses. There are advantages and disadvantages of using contact lenses. We will go over both sides of the story so that you can make an informed decision. At our optometry practice in Boca Raton, Florida, we always provide the truth so that you can be happy with the decision you make. Eyeglasses and contact lenses are often a personal choice, but the differences between the two options are noteworthy. Let’s explore these choices so you can be on your way to improving your eye health and vision.
Advantages of Contact Lenses
Some of the advantages of contact lenses are that:
Contact lenses move along with your eye
Have no frames (like glasses) to obstruct vision and point of view
They reduce any distortions
Contact lenses do not fog up
They don’t become damaged or affected by weather
Recommended for sports and fitness
Contact lenses these days are very versatile and there are two types of contact lenses: hard and soft. Most people use daily-wear soft contact lenses, which must be taken out overnight. Hard contact lenses, also known as GP or RGP lenses, are rigid gas permeable. This means that they are made to maintain their shape on the eye and are approved for overnight wear.
Disadvantages of Contact Lenses
Some of the disadvantages of contact lenses are that:
They can damage your eyes if you wear them too long
Must be cleaned properly
Must be replaced regularly (more often than glasses)
Some people find it difficult to insert contact lenses into the eye
More expensive than traditional glasses
More follow-up visits at the eye doctor
Overall the benefits of contact lenses outweigh any possible negatives. With proper use and care as directed by your eye doctor, contact lenses are very safe devices. They are regulated by the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) which has very stringent requirements for safety.
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