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Contacts Versus Eyeglasses – The Pros and Cons


contacts2When vision correction is needed, choosing between contact lenses and eyeglasses may seem like a daunting task. Although this choice will largely depend on your personal preferences, it is wise to ask your optometrist whether or not contact lenses are a healthy choice for your eyes prior to making a final decision. Below are the major advantages and disadvantages associated with both eyeglasses and contact lenses:


Many contact lens wearers have stated that they enjoy increased peripheral vision with contacts, while those who wear eyeglasses sometimes complain that the frames interfere with side vision and the lenses fog up due to temperature changes. If you frequently transition from indoor to outdoor environments, you may wish to consider contact lenses.


Once an object to be avoided by fashion conscious individuals, eyeglasses have now emerged as a practical device that can also be used as a stylish accessory. Because of the many designer frames available, some people may opt for eyeglasses over contacts for fashion reasons. However, contact lenses can also boast this advantage, as they can be acquired in different shades to change or enhance your natural eye color. Additionally, contacts can be worn in conjunction with stylish sunglasses, while you are essentially limited to clip-on shades if you choose eyeglasses as your primary vision correction tool.


Eyeglasses should be wiped daily with a cleaner recommended by your eye doctor. Some individuals feel that this simple task is easier than taking care of contacts, the latter of which must be cleaned with liquid solutions and stored in a specific manner. Therefore, if you have a hectic life and considerable time constraints, you may fare better with eyeglasses.


Unless a "featherweight" frame is chosen, eyeglasses may be a bit uncomfortable if the frames and lenses are heavy. However, some people who wear contact lenses state that they experience pressure or scratching sensations. For this reason, the advantages and disadvantages regarding comfort are highly personal and vary greatly from one individual to the next.


Dry eyes and infections are problems that are associated with wearing contact lenses. However, when contacts are used properly, a person should not anticipate having multiple eye infections. Dry eyes are somewhat common among contact wearers. Eyeglasses on the other hand may offer protection from wind, dust and debris, which could be considered an advantage by certain individuals.


Regardless of which type of corrective device you ultimately choose, it is always wise to speak to your optometrist about eye health and any concerns you have about your vision. Never procrastinate when you feel it is time for new prescription, as preventative and routine appointments go a long way toward maintaining eye health.