Pros And Cons Of Using Contact Lenses: What Those Other Lists Won't Tell You

If you are thinking about wearing contact lenses, you may still be undecided about whether or not they're really right for you. Those standard lists of pros and cons are all pretty much things you already know. Here are a few more pros and cons, including some things you might not have considered yet.


If you need vision correction to see well, eyeglasses can work just fine--until you want to wear eye makeup. How do you put on eye shadow and mascara when you need your eyeglasses to do it, yet they cover the very area to which you are applying the cosmetics? If you wear eye makeup regularly, or want to, contact lenses may be your best bet.

If you have to wear safety goggles for work or for sports, they can be downright uncomfortable, not to mention weird looking, over glasses. Goggles are easier to fit without the intrusion of eyeglasses, so contact lenses win again here.

Have you always wondered what you'd look like with blue eyes or wanted to make your gray-green eyes a more intense shade of emerald? You can do that with custom contact lenses. Obviously, this isn't possible with eyeglasses.


Do you like to take impromptu cat naps? Do you do a lot of airline travel where you routinely nod off or where sleep is normally part of an overnight flight? Wearing contact lenses can be a pain if they're not the type that allows you to sleep with them in. Sure, you can wear eyeglasses, but that kind of defeats the purpose of having contacts.

Wearing contacts means touching your eyeball numerous times per day. Some people just can't do this. While it may look easy in brochures and videos, it can actually gross you out. You could spend a bundle on contact lenses and paraphernalia only to find out that you can't handle inserting them.

Touching your eye repeatedly to insert your contact lenses can have other consequences beyond just making you queasy. A condition called ptosis (AKA blepharoptosis) can result from several causes, including repeatedly pulling on your eyelid to wear hard contact lenses. Ptosis causes the eyelid to eventually droop, which can require surgery to correct, clearly not a desirable condition. Hard contact lens wearers are about 20 times more likely to develop this problem.

Wearing contact lenses can be a great solution to many problems with traditional eyeglasses. However, it's important to weigh the pluses and minuses of their use. Use these pros and cons, as well as the conventional list provided by your optician, and you can make the best decision based on your lifestyle. Contact a company like Brandon Cataract Center & Eye Clinic for more information.