Glasses versus Contacts - Insights

Eyeglasses have played a pivotal role in society to help those who need help to enhance their vision. However, the introduction of contact lenses has changed the ball game and the debate of which option is better remains alive.

Even more recently laser surgery and advanced procedures are correcting problems that may mean you can live without glasses. For some cases laser surgery is not an option and glasses or contact lenses remain the only available option.

Both glasses, and contact lenses come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Exploring the merits of each will help you know which option is best for you. Some people will use both products depending on the occasion they are at. The following is an insightful look at the pros and cons as well as guidelines on how to choose the best option.

Merits of Glasses over Contacts

  1. Glasses are first and foremost cost effective. This is because they require a one-time purchase. Contacts are expensive considering that one would need to buy a full box to use over a couple of months.
  2. Glasses are easy to maintain. Wiping with a clean soft cloth and using some lens cleaner a few times a week are the only things to do to maintain them. Additionally, cleaning glasses only takes up a few minutes. It goes without saying that contacts will need more care, especially when they are not for one-time use.
  3. Glasses can help you bring out your facial features. When you go for custom frames, you can accessorize your outfit to deliver a cool look. Although you can use different color contacts to enhance your look, glasses are more dramatic when it comes to changing your overall look.

Merits of Contacts over Glasses

  1. Contacts have been seen to deliver more natural vision compared to glasses. This is because glasses might distort images owing to the distance between the eye and the lens.
  2. Contacts are light and you do not have any weight on your face, especially on the nose (unlike glasses). Using contacts option eliminates this burden.
  3. With changes in temperature, glasses will appear foggy while contacts will not fog up. In such situations, people have to struggle to wipe the fog in a bid to get clear vision; this can be cumbersome and irritating.
  4. For those who wear eyeglasses, buying trendy sunglasses is harder than for those who wear contacts. This way, glasses can be very limiting.
  5. If you do not like standing out, glasses may not be the best option for you. With contacts, people will never notice that you are wearing vision aids. In this regard, you can preserve your privacy as you wish and removing undue attention from yourself.

There are people who enjoy wearing glasses because they love the look. Others would rather have a natural look with contacts. When deciding which option is best, consider the recommendation by your health care provider. Then, choose something that will appeal to your taste.

You will also be guided by the convenience and maintenance requirements of each option. Cost implications for each will also be a factor to consider. All in all, with the above information, you can make an informed decision on the option that suits you best.

1 Comment

  1. Becca Holton says:

    I thought this was a good comparison of glasses and contacts. Overall, I agree that it’s probably a good idea to explore the merits of both of these options. I’ve heard that many times, it depends on your lifestyle and personal preference.

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