Contact Lenses Vs. Glasses: What To Consider Before Deciding

Disclaimer: The article below is a general information regarding eyeglasses and contact lenses, and should not be considered as a medical advice. If you’re looking to wear either contact lenses or glasses, make sure to get checked by a medical professional.

There are a lot of people who need to have their sight corrected, both for seeing short distances and for long distances. Commonly, there are two techniques used for fixing the eyesight: contact lenses and glasses. There’s also a third technique, which is the Laser Eye Surgery. It’s a procedure that eliminates the need to use the first two methods. However, no matter how efficient surgery is, for most people, contact lenses or eyeglasses are options to begin their journey into the sphere of eye correction. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, and it can be quite tricky deciding which to choose. And if you’re looking to get your eyesight corrected, you should take a hard look and compare the two against each other.

What You Should Know About Glasses

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Glasses have certain advantages over their more modern counterparts.

  • They are more comfortable.

Glasses are more comfortable to wear, especially if they have the correct fitting. They can comfortably fit on your ears and nose, without causing your eyes pain. Wearing contacts can make your eyes dry and irritated, which may make your eyes sore, but with glasses, you won’t have to worry about dryness or irritation.

  • They’re easy to maintain.

Glasses are easy to clean and maintain. You only need a piece of clean cloth and wipe your pair now and then. Viola! You already have an inexpensive way to clean it.

  • They can provide you better visual protection.

If you wear eyeglasses, they can protect your eyes from dry winds, dust, and any other foreign matter. They can act as your eyes’ shield, which would help you prevent from contracting an eye infection. And there are also specialized eyeglasses that have been added with extra protection.

Added protection that you can add to your glasses are:

  • Anti-reflective coating

This helps eliminate the chances of getting blinded by light reflecting in your eyes.

  • Anti-fog coating

This removes the risk of moisture condensing on your glasses.

  • Ultraviolet treatment

This allows your glasses to block ultraviolet (UV) light.

  • They are cost-efficient.

Unlike contact lenses, you don’t have to throw them out. You don’t need to completely throw out your old eyeglasses because you can choose to reuse your current frame. If you need changing or an upgrade, you can opt only to change the lenses. Plus, if you care for them well, they can last longer because they don’t have expiry dates.

  • They are not easy to lose.

Unless you’re careless, you can easily keep track of your glasses. You can store them in a case if you’re not using them. And if you do lose them, you can easily find them since eyeglasses are more massive compared to contacts.

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What You Should Know About Contact Lenses

Contact lenses solve the many problems people encounter when wearing eyeglasses.

  • They are suitable for all weather conditions.

One of the benefits of using contacts is that they don’t steam up, gather deposits, or collect water. While with glasses, they tend to steam up when there’s a sudden change of temperature. And if your eyeglasses don’t have other coatings, they can become misty. Contacts don’t suffer any of these problems.

  • They have a better appearance.

Contacts are not easily discovered, unless seen from the eye of a casual observer or if you wear a pair with intrinsic designs. While with glasses, some people would feel self-conscious when wearing them.

With glasses, unless you have a pair for every outfit, you’d have difficulties pairing them up with your clothes. And some people often prefer taking them off when posing for photographs. However, with contact lenses, this is not an issue. And if you’re daring or want to stand out, you can purchase a pair with novelty designs.

  • They don’t have glare or light sensitivity problems.

You’re not at risk of glare if you’ve accidentally looked at the sun or bright light. While with glasses, you’d have a difficulty looking into the sun, because it creates glare.

  • They are practical for people on the move.

If you’re someone who’s always on the move, likes to exercise, or do sports, contact lenses are your best option. Wearing glasses can be awkward and distracting when you’re doing something that requires a lot of movement. They may slip down your nose or become steamed up when you get hot and sweaty.

  • They can improve your all-around vision.

Contact lenses improve your vision on the front as well as your view on the side, while with glasses, they can only the objects in front of you clearer. The objects on your left and right side would be out of focus or blurry when you’d use glasses. Contact lenses can give you a feel of a more natural vision.

Eyeglasses and contact lenses are both excellent options when you want to correct your eye problems. Each have their advantages over the other, and whatever you may choose, they can surely help. However, when picking which eye correction technique you’d use, make sure that your wants and needs are put first and foremost. And before deciding which one to choose, make sure to consult a medical professional. The doctor will help you decide which one is good for you whether it be contact lenses in Australia or elsewhere in the world. And if neither catches your eye, you can always opt to get laser eye surgery.

Randal Johnson

Randal is a professional in the eye care industry who’s dedicated to helping people see better. He currently writes for Lens World and works on providing useful information for those who may have trouble with their eyes or who may be considering contact lenses. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family.

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