Do You Need Glasses or Contacts?

If your vision is less than perfect and you are able to correct it with corrective lenses, you are in luck. You may have two good options: either glasses or contact lenses. However, you may have difficulty choosing which is the better option for you. Here are some tips to determine whether glasses or contacts are better for you.

Choosing Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are excellent options for correcting your vision, especially when you are nearsighted. Although there are those fitted for individuals who suffer from both nearsightedness and farsightedness, and even for people who have astigmatism, in general, contacts are best suited for the former-most vision condition. People who are both nearsighted and farsighted can be fitted with contact lenses, but often, the lenses may turn around in the eye due to its natural lubrication and result in blurred vision.

Contacts need constant maintenance. If you get the kind that last a week or longer, you must clean them on a daily basis and allow them to soak in rewetting solution overnight to eliminate calcium deposit buildup. Daily disposable lenses, on the other hand, can simply be worn for a day, up to 16 hours and then thrown away.

Unfortunately, contact lens wearers are at greater risk of eye infections or conjunctivitis due to having to touch their eyes or improper maintenance of their lenses. They can also risk a corneal scratch when inserting or removing their lenses.

One of the biggest benefits of contact lenses is not hiding behind a pair of glasses and being able to showcase your face more. They are good for active people, such as those who partake in sports. With contacts lenses, you don’t have to worry about an accident that results in your glasses breaking.

Choosing Glasses

Glasses can help you to see better, but they can be cumbersome at times. They may not be as effective at clearing your vision as contacts because they don’t sit directly on the eye’s surface. This is especially the case if you haven’t gotten your vision checked in a while and it might have changed.

With glasses, you have a better chance of protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. There are options of lenses for glasses being equipped with superior UV protection and Transitions, which cause the lenses to darken in bright sunlight. You can even get lenses that are scratch-resistant, something that isn’t available with contacts.

Glasses are the better option for people who have more than one vision problem. If you are both nearsighted and farsighted, you can get progressive lenses, which offer a smooth transition for both vision issues.

You Can Get Both

If you can’t choose between glasses or contacts, you can opt for both. Many people find a happy medium in getting glasses and daily disposable wear contact lenses. This means you have the privilege of going back and forth and choosing when you wish to wear either.

Overall, contacts and glasses are both good options for correcting vision. You may want to talk with an ophthalmologist or optometrist about which is right for you.