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Contact lenses vs glasses | which should I choose?

woman hold contact lenses and glasses in hands

Are you still on the fence about swapping from glasses to contact lenses? Opting for glasses or going for contact lenses is a matter of personal taste. Whether you have been wearing prescription glasses for years or have just discovered that your vision needs amending, contact lenses are a great choice for clear, stable vision. The great thing about contact lenses is that they fit around you, whatever your lifestyle, however, many people prefer glasses as they are cheaper and easier to maintain. Look at some of the pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Glasses will work well if you suffer from dry eyes and itching.  
  • Glasses are cheaper and long lasting compared to lenses.
  • They provide better protection from pollutants such as wind and dust.
  • Regular glasses can be turned into sunglasses that provide UVA and UVB protection.
  • Who said you must settle for boring old glasses? Feel free to choose from a range of jazzy frames that can accentuate your personality! Hold on! Don’t jump to order your glasses just yet, before reading through some of their cons.
  • Contact lenses are designed to sit comfortably over your eyes and cling to the wetness of your eyes. This allows you to see better without visual disturbances.
  • Contact lenses are the best option when engaging in sporting activities, swimming, jogging, running etc. Your lenses won’t be affected by weather conditions such as fog and rain, while they also won’t steam up in hotter conditions.
  • If you wish to switch up your look, then consider coloured lenses. Contact lenses come in an array of shades that allow you to temporarily and safely change the colour of your eyes.
  • There are a few innovative contact lenses that can shape your cornea while you sleep and keep you from wearing lenses or glasses for up to a month!

smiling girl wearing glasses

Cons:

  • It is not simple to place contact lenses inside eyes and there is a certain technique to it. Which you optician can show you.
  • Contact lenses are expensive compared to glasses and must be replaced regularly to reduce any chances of getting eye infections.
  • The lenses should always be placed in lens solution, when not in use, as otherwise they can get damaged.
  • You must always take lenses off before sleeping, as otherwise, they can cause redness and irritation.
  • Glasses can be hard to adopt, especially for first-timers. They can obstruct peripheral vision and make it difficult to spot things that approach you from sides.
  • Glasses can easily break if they are roughly handled. Plastic frames and glass lenses can shatter if they are dropped. Contact lenses have made waves in the world of fashion ever since their inception. Prescription contact lenses can provide clearer vision and are easier to maintain, but do they have an edge over regular glasses?

Glasses can certainly complement your look, but they can also get in the way, particularly if you wear eye makeup.

Reflections and distortions that can arise with glasses will become a thing of the past, and you won’t have to worry about scratches to the lens that would otherwise have you forking out for a new pair of spectacles.

Applying Contact Lenses

Conclusion

As you can see, both glasses and lenses have their fair share of pros and cons, nevertheless, bare in mind that if you wear contact lenses full-time, you also should have an up-to-date pair of glasses this is in case you need to stop wearing contacts due to an eye infection or any type of irritation, or you simply want to give your eyes a break.

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