Whilst you may think making this decision is purely a fashion choice, there are actually a lot of advantages and disadvantages of wearing either contact lenses or glasses, because everyone’s eyes are unique. In order to understand which will better correct your eyesight and be most comfortable, safe, and affordable for you, there are a few factors to consider.
First, let’s look at some general advantages of wearing glasses that apply to anyone:
- Glasses are low maintenance. Apart from cleaning your glasses, there is nothing else to do but pop them on and embrace the magic of perfect vision.
- Generally, glasses more cost effective. Once you have obtained a pair of good glasses, they require little upkeep and can last many years. Contact lenses run out, get lost and need to be replaced, and each pack is generally pretty expensive compared to your average pair of glasses.
- They add character. Nowadays, glasses are becoming more and more fashionable. Take a look at some of pop-culture's favourite characters or celebrities, such as Jess from the oh-so-loveable show ‘New Girl’ who looks fabulous, smart, and stylish in her frames.
- Glasses are more adaptable than contact lenses because they tint in various stages of light - they become darker in direct sunlight.
- Your eyes may be more protected from the environment. Things like wind, dust, rain and debris will cause less irritation when wearing glasses.
Now let’s take a look at some general advantages of wearing contact lenses:
- They’re great if you’re into sports. You can wear contact lenses even when playing contact sports without having anything on your face getting in the way or fogging up and affecting your performance. You can also wear contact lenses under goggles for swimming.
- Contact lenses generally give you a better field of vision. If you’ve worn glasses for a long time and suddenly switch to contact lenses, you should immediately notice a greater field of vision. The lenses are designed to move with your eyes, so you shouldn’t notice blurry spots. Many people find that for this reason, contact lenses are great for driving.
- Science has improved. Many people think that they can’t opt for contact lenses because they have a complex prescription. However, there are many different kinds on the market catering for those with an astigmatism, as well as bifocal and varifocal options. This means that the majority of people should be able to wear contacts, they just need to be prescribed the correct product.
There are, of course, disadvantages that come with either choice, and you need to be aware of your eye health in order to find what option best suits your unique eyes. For example, contact lenses can cause dry eyes - the thin membrane that covers the eye restricts the amount of oxygen, which can cause dry eyes and irritation. For some people, especially those who might already suffer with dry eyes due to allergies such as hay fever, this can be uncomfortable.
There is also a risk of falling asleep in your contact lenses, or gaining an infection if not properly washing and drying your hands before putting in your lenses. But if you follow the guidelines your optician lays out, contact lenses are perfectly safe.
You may have other concerns about which choice is right for you, and it’s always best to discuss that with an optician. If you want to have an initial consultation, get in touch with David Paul Opticians today on 01442 879303 to find the best fit for you.