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There is no one contact lens that is right for everyone. And not everyone is going to enjoy perfect vision with contact lenses. But if you are an appropriate candidate for contacts, you may enjoy several advantages over wearing glasses.
The most obvious advantage of contact lenses is the ability to see without the weight of glasses on the nose and behind the ears. Cosmetically speaking, contact lenses allow a person to see clearly without altering their appearance.
Some people with very strong prescriptions notice better peripheral vision and less distortion when wearing contact lenses. In addition, glasses tend to magnify or minify images, where contact lenses have less of a size altering effect. Active people sometimes find glasses a nuisance. Wearing contacts allows a person to be active without the worry of their glasses being steamed up, knocked off, or broken.
On the other hand, contact lenses must be worn responsibly. Most doctors do not recommend sleeping in contact lenses. People are living longer, and sleeping in contact lenses can lead to problems later in life. There are other health risks when wearing contact lenses. Eye infections or scratches on the cornea can occur, most commonly when a person is not cleaning or wearing their lenses properly.
In the past, people with special needs were unable to wear contact lenses. Now, there is a contact lens for almost anyone. People with astigmatism, athletes, people with mild dry eye, and people who have had cataract surgery can wear contact lenses. Even people who wear bifocals or reading glasses may be able to switch to bifocal contact lenses.
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