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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.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerChristopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
Last RevisedOctober 16, 2012

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