Glasses or Contacts: Which is Right for You?

Woman wearing glasses over contacts.

How to Pick Between Glasses and Contacts 

So the time has come, you had an eye exam and found you are going to need assistance to see clearly. 75% of the US population needs glasses or contacts to see clearly, so you are not alone. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of both, so that you can determine whether contacts or glasses will best fit your lifestyle.

Pros of Glasses

Low Maintenance

Glasses are very low maintenance. You can simply throw them on in the morning or when you need to see clearly, and you will be good to go.

Less Likelihood of Infection

For the most part, those that wear glasses will have less chance of getting infection than those with contacts, as you are not required to touch your eyes.

Eye Protection

To an extent, glasses provide protection from wind, dust and allergens, which may be beneficial for those that are sensitive to these elements.

Cons of Glasses 

Some Distortion of Peripheral Vision

Because of the design of eyeglasses, the glass will not affect your peripheral vision. Therefore peripheral vision may still be blurry.

Not Recommended for Active Lifestyles

Glasses may become a nuisance when at the gym, playing sports, and when doing other activities. They may be prone to falling off or getting damaged when partaking in sports.

Pros of Contacts

Don’t Affect Lifestyle

Contacts are great for people who are active because they will not have any impact on your physical activity. This is ideal for swimmers, athletes, and those that often find themselves running around.

Contacts are Invisible

Another ‘pro’ of contacts for many people is the fact that no one will know you are wearing them. If glasses are not flattering on your face, or you just don’t like the feeling of wearing them, then contacts may be ideal for you.

Cons of Contacts

Upkeep of Contacts

Contacts require good hygiene and upkeep.  Most soft lenses must be removed every night and disinfected. Users will have to change them as needed to prevent infection and discomfort.

Prone to Discomfort

If you have bad allergies or are prone to eye discomfort, then contacts may not be a good idea for you. Unlike glasses, contacts may make already itchy eyes even more uncomfortable.

Which is Right for You?

So, what will it be? Many people suffering with vision problems end up choosing both. This allows them to wear contacts when they are doing something active, and wear glasses when their eyes need a rest. Does neither sound appealing? Maybe you should consider LASIK Eye Surgery!

Whatever route you decide on to correct your vision problems, Marano Eye Care in New Jersey is here to help! Our eye experts will help you determine which vision correcting method will be most beneficial to you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

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