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Which Is Better for You: Contact Lenses or Eyeglasses?

It is primarily a matter of personal preference whether you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses for vision correction. Lifestyle, comfort, convenience, money, and aesthetics should all be considered while making a decision.

Before choosing between contacts and glasses, keep in mind that each has advantages and disadvantages in terms of vision, ease of use, and eye health.

Eyeglasses have many advantages over contact lenses. They require little cleaning and maintenance, you don’t have to touch your eyes to wear them (lowering your risk of eye infections), and glasses are less expensive in the long term than contact lenses because they don’t need to be replaced as frequently.

Also, unlike contact lenses, eyeglasses can regulate the quantity of light entering your eye for maximum comfort and vision. Photochromic lenses, in particular, are clear indoors and at night and darken automatically in day for clear, comfortable vision in any light. Although some contact lenses can prevent some UV light from entering the eye, photochromic eyeglass lenses block 100 percent UV and protect not just the inside of the eye, but also the outside of the eye and the eyelids.

Glasses may also be used to express your personality and make a wonderful fashion statement!

Having said that, contact lenses have numerous advantages over glasses. Because contacts are worn directly on your eye, your vision, particularly your peripheral vision, is unimpeded. You may engage in sports and outdoor activities without worrying about your eyeglasses getting in the way, falling off, or breaking. Color contact lenses can even change the colour of your eyes.

So, which is better for your needs and lifestyle: glasses or contacts? To assist you in making your decision, below is a rundown of the benefits and drawbacks of each style of eyeglasses.

PROS AND CONS OF CONTACT LENSES

Advantages

  • Contact contacts adjust to the shape of your eye, providing a wider field of view and generating less vision distortions and blockages than eyeglasses.
  • When performing sports or exercising, contact lenses do not get in the way.
  • Contact lenses will not clash with what you’re wearing.
  • Contact contacts are not influenced by weather and, unlike glasses, do not fog up in cold weather.
  • Color contact lenses can be used to view how you might look if you had a different eye colour. You can even get special-effect contacts to go with your Halloween or costume!
    Some contact lenses have the ability to restructure your cornea as you sleep. Overnight orthokeratology (Ortho-k) corrects myopia momentarily, allowing you to see clearly the next day without the need for glasses or contacts.

Disadvantages

  • Some people have difficulty attaching a contact lens to their eye (but proper technique and practise should rectify this in most cases).
  • Contact contacts restrict the quantity of oxygen that reaches your eye and can cause or worsen dry eye condition.
  • If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, wearing contact lenses will most certainly exacerbate the symptoms of computer vision syndrome.
  • To avoid potentially serious eye infections, contact lenses must be cared for and cleaned on a daily basis. Consider daily disposables if you are unable to commit to the care and replacement cycle of your contacts.
  • If you fall asleep while wearing daily wear contacts, your eyes will be dry, gritty, red, and irritated when you wake up. Consider extended wear contact lenses if you frequently fall asleep with your contacts in. Some extended wear contacts are certified for up to 30 days of continuous wear.

PROS AND CONS OF EYEGLASSES

Advantages

  • Wearing glasses lowers the urge to touch your eyes, which reduces the possibility of irritating your eyes or developing an eye infection.
  • If you have dry or sensitive eyes, glasses will not aggravate the situation as much as contact lenses can.
  • In the long run, eyeglasses are less expensive than contact lenses. You don’t have to update your glasses as frequently (unless you shatter them!). If your prescription changes, you may be able to keep your current frames and only replace the lenses.
  • Frames are trendy and can reveal a lot about your personality and style – the appearance of your glasses can make a big statement.
  • Glasses provide some protection against environmental variables as wind, dust, and debris.

Disadvantages

  • Because eyeglasses are around 12mm (half an inch) away from your eyes, your peripheral vision may be skewed. When they first start wearing glasses or change prescriptions, many people have difficulties focusing on things and hazy vision.
  • Some people dislike wearing glasses because they believe it detracts from their facial attractiveness or hides their features.
  • If you wear glasses with a heavy prescription, the edges of your lenses may be thick and unpleasant, or your eyes may appear excessively minified or magnified.
  • The elements might cause your vision to be obscured or blurred by precipitation collecting on your lenses or when they fog up in cold weather.
  • Some frames might cause headaches and general discomfort by exerting persistent pressure on your nose and behind your ears.

Contact lenses, spectacles, or both?

Most people these days can wear contacts successfully, even if they prefer to wear glasses as their primary type of vision correction, thanks to developments in contact lens technology.

As a result, whether to wear contacts or glasses — and when to wear them — is largely a question of personal preference.

However, if you wear contact lenses full-time, you should also have an up-to-date pair of glasses – in case you need to stop wearing contacts owing to an eye infection or discomfort, or simply want to give your eyes a break.