Vision problems impact around 14 million people in the US alone. If you’re one of these people, your eye doctor will give you two options. You can either get contact lenses or glasses.
But how do you know which option to choose? It’s an expensive commitment either way, so it’s good to be sure. And there are pros and cons of both contact lenses and glasses.
Keep reading to learn more about these pros and cons, so you can make an informed decision.
Pros of Glasses
One of the biggest benefits of glasses is that they’re low maintenance. When it comes to eye care they also hold an advantage, because you touch your eyes less when you use them. This reduces your chance of infection.
While the initial cost of glasses is more expensive, in the long run they are cheaper than contact lenses.
An added bonus is that glasses block things like dust from getting blown into your eyes. They are also less irritating to your eyes if you have sensitivity problems.
Cons of Glasses
Weather can impact your vision when you wear glasses. Rain can blur your vision when it lands on your glasses, and if it’s very cold or very hot, your glasses can fog up.
Glasses only work for the vision range directly in front of you. Your peripheral vision will usually be distorted as a result of this.
The glasses frames themselves can also give you issues. Wearing glasses means you end up worrying about the fashionability of your glasses frames, and how they work with your outfits. If your glasses do not fit you properly, you can have problems with pinching on your nose or behind your ears.
Pros of Contact Lenses
Contact lenses fit the curvature of your eyes so they provide a wider range of vision. And you’ll never have to worry about fitting your contacts to fashion trends, since there is no visible eyewear.
You also don’t have to worry about the weather! Contact lenses don’t fog up or blur when it rains.
Contact lenses are ideal if you do high-impact activities like sports. This way you’re able to see and don’t risk breaking or losing your eyewear during the activity.
Cons of Contact Lenses
Contact lenses are more high maintenance. To avoid the risk of serious eye infections, you have to keep them clean, keep your hands clean when you put them in, and make sure you don’t leave them in too long.
It can damage your eyes if you wear your contact lenses longer than recommended. They can dry out your eyes, so falling asleep with contacts in is dangerous. You can find more information here.
Many people struggle with putting contacts in, but this usually gets better with practice.
Choosing Contact Lenses or Glasses
It’s up to you to choose if contact lenses or glasses will work best for you. With this knowledge about the pros and cons of each, you can make an informed decision.
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