Contact Lenses or Glasses
So which are better for your particular needs and lifestyle — glasses or contacts? Here's a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of eyewear to help you choose.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Contact Lenses and Glasses
CONTACT LENSES PROS AND CONS
- Contacts conform to the curvature of your eye, providing a wider field of view and causing less vision distortions and obstructions than eyeglasses.
- Contact lenses don't get in the way when playing sports and exercising.
- Contact lenses won't clash with what you're wearing.
- Contacts typically aren't affected by weather conditions and won't fog up in cold weather like glasses.
- Some people have trouble applying a contact lens to their eye (but proper technique and practice should rectify this in most cases).
- Contacts reduce the amount of oxygen reaching your eye and can cause or increase the severity of dry eye syndrome.
- If you work at a computer often, wearing contact lenses will likely contribute to symptoms of computer vision syndrome.
EYEGLASSES PROS AND CONS
- Wearing glasses reduces the need to touch your eyes, which in turn reduces the likelihood of irritating your eyes or developing an eye infection.
- If you have dry or sensitive eyes, glasses won't exacerbate the problem like contact lenses can.
- Eyeglasses generally are cheaper than contact lenses over the long term. You don't need to replace glasses as often (unless you break them!) and if your prescription changes over time, you may be able to keep your current frames and just replace the lenses.
- Frames are fashionable and can speak volumes about your personality and style — the look of your glasses can make a bold statement.
- Glasses offer some protection from environmental factors such as wind, dust and debris.
- Eyeglasses sit about 12mm (about a half inch) from your eyes, so peripheral vision can be distorted. Many people also report difficulty focusing on objects and blurry vision when they first start wearing glasses or change prescriptions.
- Some people don't like how they look in glasses and feel it detracts from their facial aesthetics or hides their features.
- If you have a strong prescription, the edges of your lenses may be thick and unappealing or your glasses might make your eyes appear unnaturally minified or magnified.
- Eyeglasses can be affected by the elements — your vision can be obstructed or blurred by precipitation collecting on your lenses or when they fog up in cold weather.
- Some frames can exert constant pressure on your nose and behind your ears, leading to headaches and general discomfort.
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