Benefits of Contacts Vs Glasses

The choice between contact lenses or eyeglasses for vision correction is largely a matter of personal preference. Factors such as lifestyle, aesthetic preference, comfort, convenience, budget, and even environmental concerns can play a part in the decision. The importance of each of these factors will of course vary widely from person to person, resulting in the split that can be seen today between glasses and contacts users. There are pros and cons for each, and neither is really objectively better than the other, only they are each better suited to specific situations. Of course, many people also use a combination of both glasses and contacts to cater to the needs of different situations in their lives at different times.

Glasses Pros

Eyeglasses are a great choice for many people. Some people with perfect vision even choose to wear them as a fashion statement! Glasses require very little cleaning and maintenance and are easy to use. They can be put on or taken off anywhere, anytime without needing to worry about solution or rinses. No touching of the eye is required to wear them, which helps reduce the risk of eye infection and may be attractive for those who are hesitant to touch their eyes on a daily basis for whatever reason. They are almost always cheaper than contacts in the long run because of how infrequently they need to be replaced, and they have less of a negative environmental impact because of their non-disposable nature. Glasses can be an extension of the wearer’s personality and act as an accessory or fashion statement as well as simply vision correction.

Glasses Cons

For those with active lifestyles, glasses may not be the right choice. They can be more easily scratched or broken than contact lenses, and may get in the way or simply fall off during many sports. For swimmers, contacts are virtually the only way to go, except perhaps for prescription goggles. Glasses wearers may occasionally experience lens reflection or glare, temporarily impeding vision. Some people may find glasses uncomfortable to sit on their faces, or simply do not prefer the look of them there.

Contacts Pros

Contacts sit directly on the eye and can therefore provide much more unobstructed vision, particularly in the areas of peripheral vision. People may prefer the aesthetic of contacts, as most of the time others cannot tell that they are wearing them. Certain types of contact lenses can also change the color or appearance of the wearer’s iris, which may be desirable to some people. Contacts never fog up and often offer more natural, in-focus vision correction.

Contacts Cons

Improper cleaning, storage, or use of contact lenses can lead to severe eye infections and in extreme cases may even cause blindness. Contacts can be difficult to use and require a lot of daily upkeep and maintenance. They may also contribute to allergic reactions by trapping allergens up against the eye. Due to their disposable nature, contacts have a worse negative impact on the environment, and the cost over a lifetime can really add up.