Contacts vs. Glasses Pros and Cons for Each

For those not blessed with 20/20 vision, wearing glasses or contacts is vital for making it through the day. Both have their devotees who stick with one and never wear the other, while many people wear their contacts during the day then come home, pop them out, and don glasses until it’s time for bed.
As Dr. Bishop & Associates say, whether you choose glasses, contacts, or a hybrid of both is largely based on personal preference. What your brother or your best friend prefers may be anathema to you, or vice versa.
A Calgary optometry clinic can help you decide what’s best for you, but in the meantime, here are some basic pros and cons for both glasses and contacts.

Glasses Pros

Glasses are much easier to take on and off than contacts. They are also good for those whose vision is so bad, they can’t even make out the numbers on the alarm clock. When your vision is that blurry, it can be difficult just to locate your contact case, and insert the lenses with the proper precision. Finally, many people who are sensitive to contact solution, or who simply aren’t keen on the idea of touching their eyeballs find glasses to be much more comfortable and less burdensome.

Glasses Cons

The biggest con to wearing glasses is they tend to get in the way during certain activities. Many sports and vigorous types of exercises are difficult to perform while wearing glasses. Also, while glasses have become much more stylish in recent decades, many people still do not like the way they look, and because of this, they prefer contacts.

Contacts Pros

The biggest draw to contacts is that once you put them in, most people can’t tell you’re wearing anything at all. Also, most activities, including hard exercise, contact sports, and even swimming can now be performed wearing certain types of contacts. There are even contacts now that can make your eyes appear to be a different color, which many people find appealing.

Contacts Cons

The main reasons cited by people who dislike contacts is that they are irritating, they make the eyes itch and water, and that it is a hassle to put them in, and take them out. Advancements in technology have made contacts a lot more comfortable, and for people who don’t like to change them daily, there are even contacts that can be worn for weeks at a time. However, some people still never get used to the feeling of contacts on their eyes, and prefer glasses.

Glasses and contacts both have benefits and drawbacks, but either one beats not being able to see. An optometrist can help you figure out what the best option is to correct your vision, but once again, which you prefer is largely based on personal tastes.

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