The choice you make between contact lenses or prescription glasses often depend on your personal preferences. Aesthetics, budget, comfort, convenience, and lifestyle are factors that you need to consider during the decision-making process.
Prior to choosing between glasses and contacts, remember that one is not always a better option than the other. Both of these options have their pros and cons when it comes to eye health, vision, and ease of use.
Main Differences Between Prescription Glasses and Contact Lenses
Eyeglasses provide more advantages than contact lenses. They need very little maintenance and cleaning. There is also no need for you to touch your eyes just to wear or put them on, thus reducing your risks for eye infections. Glasses are also more affordable in the long run because you don’t need to replace them as often.
In addition, eyeglasses can also do something that contact lenses cannot. Glasses can make adjustments to the amount of light that enters your eyes for optimum vision and comfort. Photochromic lenses to be specific are clear indoors during nighttime. They can also darken automatically when under the sun for comfortable and clear vision in any light. While there are contact lenses that can block off some UV light from entering the eyes, the photochromic eyeglass lenses can block 100% UV and protect not just the inner part of the eyes from UV but also the eyelids and exterior of the eyes.
Glasses also serve as the extension of your character and personality and make an ideal fashion statement.
Having said this, contact lenses offer a lot of benefits over glasses. Contact lenses sit right over your eyes so there is no obstruction of vision, specifically peripheral vision. You can also participate in outdoor and sports activities with no need to worry that your eyeglasses will get in your way, fall off, or break. Color contact lenses also let you change your eyes’ colors.
Advantages of Prescription Eyeglasses
- Wearing eyeglasses lessens the need for you to touch your eyes and as a result, you also reduce the likelihood of developing eye infections or eye irritations.
- If you are suffering from sensitive or dry eyes, glasses will not worsen the issue unlike contact lenses.
- In general, prescription glasses are more affordable than contact lenses down the road. There is no need for you to replace your eyeglasses as often, except if you accidentally broke them, of course. If ever there is a change in your prescription over time, you can just keep the current frames and have only the lenses replaced.
- Frames can also be very fashionable and say a lot about your style and personality that the look of your eyeglasses could make a striking statement.
- Glasses provide a certain level of protection from different environmental factors like debris, dust, and wind.
Prescription Glasses or Contact Lenses or Both?
With the different advancements in contact lens technology, many people today can successfully wear contacts even when they prefer wearing prescription eyeglasses as their main form vision correction. Thus, the decision of wearing either glasses or contacts and when you should wear them is often a matter of personal preferences.