Contact Lenses Vs Glasses: Which Are Right For You?

by Fashion Eyewear on March 12, 2012

Contact Lenses Vs Glasses: Which Is Right For You?

Contact Lenses Vs Glasses: Which Is Right For You?

Do you feel that your optical frames obstruct your vision?

Or perhaps you’ve been thinking about laser eye surgery but want to try another option that is non invasive. If so, then contact lenses may be right for you.

This post is all about helping you weigh up the options of using optical glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision. We will look at the pros and cons of optical glasses and contact lenses, covering wear ability, comfort, price, and design.

OPTICAL GLASSES

PROS: Contact Lenses Vs Glasses: Which Is Right For You?

  • Glasses are less prone to breed bacteria than contact lenses
  • Easier to clean, maintain and care for than contact lenses
  • Does not cause eye irritations
  • Optical glasses come in a range of frame shapes, styles and colours to suit individual styles and personalities
  • Prices can vary, however there are glasses for every budget. Hundreds of people buy designer glasses online to save more money.

CONS: 

Contact Lenses Vs Glasses: Which Is Right For You?

  • Glasses can feel heavy on the face and obstruct vision
  • Can scratch easily (coatings are highly recommended)
  • Glasses can fog/steam up easily in temperature fluctuations or when eating/drinking hot foods and beverages
  • Sometimes distortion can occur due to the lens distance from the eyes
  • Designer glasses can be very expensive when bought on the high street. Additional coatings and lenses can also be costly

CONTACT LENSES

PROS:

  • No distortion, and you have an entire field of view in focus
  • Contact lenses do not fog/steam up upon contact with varying temperature conditions
  • Does not act as a ‘barrier’ or obstruct your visionContact Lenses Vs Glasses: Which Is Right For You?
  • Contact lenses can also correct all types of vision; single, astigmatism and multi-focal
  • Lenses are available for disposable (daily) or long-wear (monthly) purposes
  • Cheap and affordable

CONS: 

  • Can be difficult to put in/take out if you are a first-time wearer, or you have long finger nails
  • Contact lenses can scratch the eyesContact Lenses Vs Glasses: Which Is Right For You?
  • Contact lenses have recommended wearing hours; it is strongly advised to rest from wearing contact lenses and wear your glasses at least one day a week
  • Daily cleaning is essential to limit the risk of eye infections and bacteria breeding
  • Even though contact lenses don’t fog up, you are not advised to wear contact lenses in vapourised environments i.e. steam rooms and saunas
  • If buying online, only buy contact lenses from registered companies. Long term, contact lenses may work out more expensive than glasses

SUMMARY

Contact Lenses Vs Glasses: Which Is Right For You?

Contact lenses are right for you if you wear optical glasses but want to be able to occasionally leave your glasses at home and switch to contact lenses for frame-free vision.

If your eyes are very sensitive, or you want a low-maintenance way of correcting your vision then opt for glasses. Not only are glasses  available in a wide range of shapes and styles, they are easy to clean and much cheaper to buy online. With more advanced optical technology available, fog-free lenses do exist. Ask Fashion Eyewear or your local opticians about the Essilor OptiFog lenses.

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