Which is better - eyeglasses or contact lenses? It really depends on a number of factors including price, comfort and convenience. If you already wear glasses and are thinking of switching to contact lenses, read on to see what you should consider.
One important factor that you have to consider is cost. As long as your prescription remains the same, you can use a well-made pair of glasses for years. If you opt for disposable contact lenses, you'll have to buy a new pair every so often. You'll also have to shell out dough for contact lens solution. However, there are also permanent contact lenses. You can also opt for Lasik surgery so that you won't need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
It's a lot easier to misplace contact lenses than it is to lose glasses. Contact lenses are small and transparent, so it's very easy to lose track of them. If you haven't hung on to your glasses, you may have impaired vision once you lose your contact lens.
Some people have problems switching to contact lenses. Contact lenses can irritate the eyes. They can cause eyes to dry out. They can even cause a burning feeling. If you don't get enough sleep at night, you may wake up in the morning with sensitive eyes. Then you might not be able to put your contact lenses in.
Since you don't put glasses in your eyes, you will never have these problems if you wear glasses. For most instances regarding comfort, glasses will always win over contact lenses. However, some people find glasses to be bulky or uncomfortable. People who play contact sports such as football or basketball will also most probably prefer contact lenses. If they wear glasses, they run the risk of being injured if they are hit in the face.
It can be a hassle to wear contact lenses if you're going hiking or swimming. It will be hard to constantly change contact lenses in the wild, and you'll always have to wear goggles. With glasses, you'll always have them on your face. One advantage to wearing contact lenses however is that you can still keep them on when you go swimming. Unlike glasses, you won't have to take the lenses off. Contact lenses also don't fog up. You won't have to worry about getting them wet when it's raining.
You'll have to clean your contact lenses every night in order to make sure that they are in top condition. On the other hand, if you wear glasses all you have to do when you go to sleep at night is simply to take them off. Contact lenses require a lot more effort than glasses do.
Glasses come in all shapes and sizes, but with contact lenses you can kick it up a notch and (temporarily) change the color of your iris. Fashionistas will be sure to love the idea of constantly changing their eye color.
Now that you know the pros and cons of glasses versus contact lenses, it's up to you to decide which is the best option for you.