Pros and Cons of eyeglasses and contact lens

Oh, the choice when it comes to vision correction, eyeglasses or contact lenses. When it comes down to brass tax, it all depends on your personal preferences. Lifestyle, comfort level, convenience, budget and aesthetics all factor into your decision on what you want to wear. Each of them has their own pros and cons in terms of your vision.

Eyeglasses offer several benefits over its counterpart, contact lens. Glasses require little maintenance, and you don’t have to touch your eyeball to wear them (reducing your risk for eye infections), glasses are much cheaper than contacts — mainly because you don’t have to keep replacing glasses like you have to with contacts.

Below is a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of eyeglasses and contact lens:

CONTACT LENS

PROS:

  • Contacts conform to the curvature of your eye, providing a wider field of view.
  • Contacts do not get in the way when playing sports or exercising.
  • Contacts aren’t affected by weather, which means they won’t fog up.
  • Great way to see how you would look with a different eye color if you are experimenting with colored lens.
  • Some contact lens can help reshape your cornea while you sleep.

CONS:

  • Some people have problems applying a contact lens.
  • Contacts reduce the amount of oxygen that can reach your eye, increasing the chances of dry eye syndrome.
  • If you work at a computer all day, contacts will contribute to symptoms of computer vision syndrome.
  • Contacts require proper lens care and lens case cleaning each and every day.
  • If you accidentally fall asleep while wearing daily contacts, your eyes have the chance of becoming dry, gritty, red and irritated when you wake up.

EYEGLASSES

PROS:

  • Wearing glasses reduces the need to touch your eyes, which reduces the likelihood of irritating your eyes and eye infection.
  • Glasses do not exacerbate the problem of dry, sensitive eyes
  • Eyeglasses are generally cheaper than contacts in the long run.
  • Frames are a fashion statement and can speak volumes of your personality and style. Glasses can make a bold statement.
  • Glasses offer some protection from the elements — wind, dust and debris.

CONS:

  • Eyeglasses typically sit about 12mm from your eyes, causing peripheral vision to be distorted.
  • Some people just don’t like how they look in glasses.
  • If you have a strong prescription, the edges can look thick and unappealing.
  • Eyeglasses can and will be affected by the elements causing your vision to be obstructed or blurred.
  • Some frames can exert constant pressure on your nose and behind your ears, causing general discomfort and headaches.

So the decision to wear either contacts of glasses — and when to wear them- usually is a matter of personal preference. Keep in mind that if you do wear contact lens full time, it is also a good idea to have an up to date pair of glasses just in case you have to stop wearing them for any reason or to simply give your eyes a break!

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