Those who are hesitant to have laser corrective surgery but are tired of wearing glasses may want to consider contact lenses. Contact lenses are thin lenses that are placed directly over the eye to improve vision and/or serve a variety of other purposes.
At first, contact lenses were made of hard plastic and were uncomfortable to wear. Contact lenses are now made of much softer material and not noticeable for most who wear them. Most people cannot even feel them in their eye.
It may take a little time to learn how to place then lens in the eye but once a person adjusts to the idea of touching something to their eye they can place them in and take them out quickly.
Some contact lenses can be worn for extended periods of time. These lenses are made of a type of flexible plastic that allows air to pass to the cornea.
You may still choose to remove them while sleeping. When contact lenses are removed they should be kept in a container with special solution.
Disposable contacts are now available that are worn for a set amount of time, usually two weeks, and then thrown away.
Surgery versus Contact Lens Cost
Overall, contact lenses are much cheaper than corrective eye surgery.
In addition to the cost of the contact lenses themselves, most of the expenses involved are special fitting costs. Because the lens goes over the eye itself, most contacts have to be personalized because every eye is different. Contact lenses that are not built to a specific eye can be extremely uncomfortable and may cause agitation or every scratch the eye in some cases.
One of the upsides to contact lenses is that insurance companies will often cover any fees involving corrective eye-wear, whereas getting insurance companies to cover corrective eye surgery is often difficult or impossible.
Contacts can often be purchased online at a much cheaper cost than at your eye doctor’s office. All you need is your prescription information to be able to order the lenses.
Other Uses of Contact Lenses
While most contact lenses are used to improve vision, there are a number of other functions that they have been used for.
Cosmetic contact lenses have become increasingly popular. These are used to alter the appearance of the eye, such as changing the color of the iris. Insurance companies do not cover cosmetic lenses as they do for lenses used for correcting vision.
Some contact lenses have also been used as special “bandages” for eyes while they are healing.
Contact lenses are often worn to correct astigmatism. This is a vision problem that occurs when the eye is misshapen. In the past this could only be accomplished with hard lenses, but softer type materials can now be used.