The pros and cons of wearing glasses vs contact lenses

If you wear glasses then you are familiar with the struggle of trying to lie down and watch TV or getting drops of rain on your lenses when walking in bad weather. Glasses might also require professional maintenance, however, you can check out for some advice on how you can adjust your glasses yourself at home. The logical solution to all the problems you face is to start wearing contact lenses. But are they right for you? Here are the advantages and disadvantages of both to help you make an informed decision regarding whether you make the move to contact lenses.

Pros of wearing contacts

  • Contact lenses conform to the curvature of your eye which means they provide a wider field of view. No distortions or fuzzy images in your periphery.
  • They do not get in the way when you are exercising or playing sports.
  • Contact lenses are not usually affected by the weather – they will not get rain on them or fog up in colder weather.
  • Contact lenses do not clash with your outfit, in fact, they are basically invisible.

Cons of wearing contacts

  • Some people have great difficulty putting contacts in their eyes. No matter how much you are taught the technique and practice, you might simply find it impossible to stick something in your eye! Lots of people find this too freaky!
  • Contact lenses create a barrier and reduce the amount of oxygen reaching your eye – this is what makes your eyes dry and can lead to a more severe case of dry eye syndrome.
  • If you spend a long time looking at a screen, which most of us do, then contacts can contribute to the symptoms of computer vision syndrome
  • Whilst glasses may need some occasional maintenance, contacts lenses require proper care on a daily basis. Failing at basic lens care can cause serious eye infections.
  • If you accidentally fall asleep when wearing lenses, then you can do some major damage to your eyes. At best you will wake up with dry, red, and irritated eyes. At worst you can scratch your cornea or get an infection.

Pros of wearing glasses

  • Not only do glasses not irritate your eyes, but they reduce the need to touch your eyes which in turn reduces the overall irritation and risk of infection.
  • Glasses will not exacerbate any existing eye problems, whether it is a chronic condition or a random occurrence.
  • They’re cheaper than lenses in the long term. You do not need to replace your glasses as often and you will not run out of glasses last minute and be left high and dry unable to see!
  • Your glasses of choice can be a fashion statement or an accessory to your outfit.

Cons of wearing glasses

  • Glasses sit about 12mm from your eyes, so your peripheral vision can be distorted. 
  • Some people just do not like how they look in glasses.
  • Strong prescriptions mean the edges of your lenses may be thick and bulky, they may also cause your eyes to be appear minified or magnified.
  • Glasses are affected by the elements like wind and rain.

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