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What are the benefits and costs of wearing contacts versus glasses?

What are the benefits and costs of wearing contacts versus glasses?

Costs vary, but...: The costs of contacts are variable depending on many factors. The benefits of contacts over glasses are better vision, especially in nearsighted people, no fogging, better peripheral vision and better appearance. Disadvantages are more time and effort to use, increased risk of infection and cost. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Glasses (Definition)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision ...Read more


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My glasses makes things look smaller but when wearing contacts everything looks normal. So what is the correct one?

This is normal: The apparent size of objects is smaller as the lens moves away from the eye in nearsighted corrections. This is one of the reasons that nearsighted people often see much better in contact lenses than they do with glasses. ...Read more

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Why is it that i see halos around lights when i'm wearing contacts but not glasses?

Need better Rx: First I am goung to assume these contacts are not bifocal cl's. Halos whn using bifocal contacts are normal. If you see halos arouond lights, this usually means the prescription is not as accurate as it can be. Rarely halos can be caused by corneal edema from a poorly fitted contact lens. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why i see halos around lights when i'm wearing contacts but not glasses?

Could you tell me why i see halos around lights when i'm wearing contacts but not glasses?

Bifocal CL: If you are wearing a bifocal contact lens, some halos seen round lights is "normal", or at least a limitation of the type of contact lens. If this is not the type of cl yo u wear, than the lens fit or power needs to be improved/corrected. You should not be seeing halos if your ocular health is good (no cataracts). ...Read more

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Do i need a separate prescription if i want to get glasses and i'm now wearing contacts?

Do i need a separate prescription if i want to get glasses and i'm now wearing contacts?

Yes: Glasses and contact lens prescriptions are different. Your doctor should be able to provide you with a glasses prescription without examination is you have a current contact lens prescription. ...Read more

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Do you need to wear glasses first before wearing contacts so your eyes can get used to it?

Do you need to wear glasses first before wearing contacts so your eyes can get used to it?

No but you should: You can be fit just with contacts. "back up" eye glasses are a good idea in case you have a problem with your contacts. ...Read more

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Every day I feel like my eyes are very strained. Should I spend a day not wearing contacts or glasses to relieve the strain?

Every day I feel like my eyes are very strained. Should I spend a day not wearing contacts or glasses to relieve the strain?

Have an eye exam: Strain usually comes from an improper prescription, or dry eyes/exposure. If you have not had your prescription checked recently, it may need to be updated. If your contacts are old or you have been wearing lenses for a long time, you may be developing dry eyes. A detailed eye exam would be the best next step. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have lasik surgery after having had keratitis? I hate wearing glasses, so i've mostly been wearing contacts, but recently i got keratitis. My eye doctor says it's healed but wants me to wait before wearing contacts again. I'm kind of scared

Is it safe to have lasik surgery after having had keratitis? I hate wearing glasses, so i've mostly been wearing contacts, but recently i got keratitis. My eye doctor says it's healed but wants me to wait before wearing contacts again. I'm kind of scared

There : There are several causes of keratitis. Depending on the cause, it may be safe to have lasik. If the keratitis was caused by herpes virus (not uncommon), then lasik may cause a recurrence of the keratitis that may be problematic. In this case, your surgeon may recommend either not having lasik or the use of medications before and after surgery to decrease the risk of recurrent keratitis. ...Read more

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