The Pros and Cons of Glasses and Contacts

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The Pros and Cons of Glasses and Contacts

Deciding between contact lenses and glasses can be something of a tough decision.

One option is not necessarily better than the other and there’s a lot to consider, so you should take the time to weigh up your options carefully. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each is a great first step towards deciding whether glasses or contacts will best suit your lifestyle.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Glasses

For many people, the biggest thing about glasses is that they are visible to others, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. You might not like the way you look when you wear glasses, or you might view them as an opportunity to make a serious fashion statement. They also require very little cleaning and are more hygienic than contact lenses, because there is no need to directly touch your eyes. In the long run they’re also the cheaper option, because they don’t need to be replaced so often.

One of the biggest disadvantages of glasses is that they can get in the way of an active lifestyle and for many this can be a huge factor in the decision making process.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Contact Lenses

Contacts can also be used to make a fashion statement; if you choose to wear coloured lenses you can match your eyes to the outfit you’re wearing, create an incredible contrast and ensure your eye are spectacularly striking.

Contacts also obstruct your field of vision less than glasses do, especially peripherally, which makes it easier to participate in outdoor activities or sports where glasses might be in the way. They’re also often a more suitable choice for these and other action-packed activities because they can’t fall off or break, but losing a contact can be a real pain.

Consider Your Options

When trying to decide if contact lenses or glasses would be better for you, it really comes down to personal preferences and finances, as well as your lifestyle and when you would be required to use your eyewear.

With today’s contact lens technology advances, most people can successfully wear contact lenses at least some of the time, and this could be the right choice if you’re a very active person, need to wear protective goggles for work or find yourself in other situations where glasses could cramp your style. On the other hand, you might find spectacles easier to manage than having to put something into your eye, and you might simply prefer wearing them or find them more economical.

Best Of Both Worlds

A lot of people choose to get both spectacles and contact lenses, so that they can decide what to wear based on what they’re going to be doing, on what they’re wearing or on what mood they’re in. It’s always a good idea to have both options open – if you usually wear glasses but want to go on a challenging hike a spare pair of contacts should come in handy, and if you usually wear lenses but happen to have an eye infection or want to read in bed before going to sleep, an up-to-date pair of spectacles is just what you need. There are great ranges for both options at EyeQ, and you should be able to cover all your bases at your nearest branch.

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