Ask Away...: Glasses or Contact Lenses? Here Are the Pros and Cons!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Glasses or Contact Lenses? Here Are the Pros and Cons!

When it comes to impaired vision it’s important to consider all of your options. Are glasses a good look for you? Are contact lenses the way to go? There are, of course, pros and cons for both of these choices

Glasses: Pros and Cons

The biggest benefit to glasses is that anyone can wear them. This is regardless of age or level of vision impairment. If you forget your glasses, and a nearby friend has a spare pair, it’s possible you can borrow and use them. (This is obviously not always ideal, due to varying lens strengths.) They’re really the most simple and quick solution to your vision problems. Seeing a specialist and making sure they’re tailored to your vision is easy, as is updating them if your prescription changes.

What’s more is that wearing glasses is becoming more fashionable. They have a ‘smart’ edge to them, and many celebrities and models even wear fake glasses. Glasses are the safest form of vision correction. They don’t involve touching your eye, which would put you at risk of infection. They actually provide you with a little protection, preventing things from getting in your eyes. Kind of like goggles!

The most obvious downside to glasses is that they’re not suited to vigorous activity. They can easily fall off and get damaged. Long-term glasses use can also leave odd little dents and marks on your nose.

Contact Lenses: Pros and Cons

Contact lenses are great if you’re not too keen on wearing glasses. One thing contact lenses get rid of is the need to worry about the frame. Many glasses frames actually restrict peripheral vision, especially if they’re badly designed. Many people also worry about the frames of their glasses matching their outfit. With contact lenses, you don’t need to worry about them at all! Contact lenses will also not fog up in the same way glasses do in the heat.

If you don’t want people knowing you are vision impaired, then contact lenses can provide you with that privacy. No-one will know that you need them unless you tell them. Contact lenses also provide greater visual clarity than glasses. They’re also less complicated to buy, with many places to find them online.

Their size and invisibility can also work against them, though. If one falls out, then you’re on your hands and knees, trying to find this tiny, see-through thing. Your search will probably be in vain!

You also need to be more aware of hygiene. Not being careful with your fingers can risk infection and damage. If you don’t take them out regularly and clean them, for example, you could experience many problems. They’re also not recommended in extreme weather conditions or when you go swimming. This means you’ll still need to wear prescription lenses sometimes. And some people are a bit squeamish about touching their eyeballs. They may want to avoid contact lenses altogether!

There’s pros and cons to both routes. I recommend you give both of them a go and see which one suits you the best!

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