Eyeglasses vs. Contact Lenses: Which One is Right for Me?

Eyeglasses vs contact lenses image 111If you are trying to decide whether to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your vision, there are several factors that you will take into account, such as your personal preferences, your budget, your lifestyle, and the overall convenience of wearing these items. If you are having trouble trying to decide for yourself, getting professional optometry consulting services can help you decide.

Ultimately, there is no perfect answer for anyone. Both eyeglasses and contact lenses will have their strengths and benefits in terms of correcting a person’s vision, convenience, and promoting eye health.

Eyeglasses

For those who don’t want to put a lot of time and effort when it comes to minding their vision-correcting tools, eyeglasses are the better choice. They are easy to clean and maintain, as you only need a soft, lint-free cloth and cleaning solution. They are cheaper, since eyeglasses don’t need to be replaced often (you generally only need to change the lens when you need to increase or decrease the grade). People who wear eyeglasses are also at less risk when it comes common eye diseases such as infections since their hands don’t come into direct contact with their eyes when they put on glasses.   

Another huge advantage that eyeglasses have is that they can offer a wider range of protection and vision support for different lighting situations. Photochromic lenses – lenses that lighten or darken depending on the amount of light in the environment- is a great choice for people who need to constantly wear eyeglasses. These lenses can darken when there is excess light (during bright days, for example) to protect the eyes from glare and excess UV rays. These lenses will become clear when indoors. There are even special lenses that will produce a yellow tint which increases visibility at night.

Eyeglasses can also be used for fashion! There are hundreds of different styles and models available so you can choose which frames will best suit your personal fashion sense. You can choose frames depending on their color, shape, and size to complement your face, outfit, or personal style.

However, there are some drawbacks to wearing glasses. Eyeglasses can fog up during cold weather, and those who lead active lifestyles such as athletes find it difficult to wear glasses. What’s more, the lens will become scratched and blurry with daily use, no matter how careful you are.

A distinct disadvantage to wearing eyeglasses is brought about by the fact that eyeglasses sit a distance away from the eyes which can distort peripheral vision.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses, on the other hand, are generally for people who don’t want the hassle of having to mind eyeglasses sitting on their face through the day. Once you master the correct way of applying your contact lenses, you won’t need to worry about them. Since contact lenses are in direct contact with your eyes, even your peripheral vision will be clear.

Contact lenses are also a great choice for people who are active because there is no worry over the lenses falling out or breaking even with extreme physical activity. Contact lenses don’t fog with cold or moist weather, and yes, they can even be a great fashion choice.

The trade off with contact lenses is that they are generally more expensive compared to eyeglasses, especially if you are getting prescription lenses. They also need to be replaced more frequently if you are using them on a daily basis since the wear and tear will set in more quickly. Contact lenses also require a greater level of care and maintenance. You will need to remove and clean the lenses every day, and make sure that they are kept in a protective case with the right solution.

Finally, contact lenses do not offer much protection in terms of keeping out harmful light. Those who are in front of the computer all day may feel a greater strain when they wear contact lenses, compared to eyeglasses, since contact lenses don’t filter out the blue light from your computer screen.

Should I Only Get One or Should I Get Both?

Ultimately, the choice between wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses will be up to you and your budget. If you can afford to have both eyeglasses and contact lenses that are appropriate for your eye condition, that would be significantly beneficial for you. You can choose which situations are more appropriate for wearing eyeglasses and which ones are better suited for wearing contact lenses.