Contact Lenses vs. Eyeglasses: Which to Choose?
When you have corrected vision, there are pluses to wearing contacts, glasses, or both. Here we break down the benefits and downsides of each choice to help you make an informed decision the next time you see our team at Trumansburg Optical for an eye exam.
The Lowdown on Eyeglasses
A pair of eyeglasses is basic and easy to adopt into your life. If you are a young adult, you can add a vibe and sense of style with a cool pair of eyeglass frames. You can have a few pairs to help you change up your look on a daily basis. Eyeglasses are easy to store and take care of and can last if you take care of them and clean them correctly. You do not have to worry about touching your eyes to use them, and they can be customized to your vision with progressive or light-responsive lenses. On the downside, there are holes in your vision correction as they do not cover the entire field of vision. They can be damaged and will be more costly to replace if they are broken or cracked. They can be uncomfortable to wear – especially if you are an athlete or a consistent exerciser who gets sweaty and is out in the sun. Frames can get out of whack and not fit the best without consistent adjustments. The lenses can also be affected by the weather outside and get fogged up or blurry from being rained on.
The Lowdown on Contact Lenses
As contact lenses sit right on your eye, they are a more seamless way to see and correct your vision, and there is nothing sitting on your face or obstructing your movement during exercise or when you play sports. If you lose or damage a lens, it is easier to receive a replacement from your eye care provider. You can wear sunglasses to help protect your eye health that is trendy and stylish and fit your mood on any given day. As a contact lens wearer, you have to be comfortable touching your eye every day to put in and remove your lenses. They can be uncomfortable if you have irritated eyes from allergies or a cold. You need to properly clean, disinfect and store your lenses as recommended by your eye care professional.
Best of Both
Many find it ideal to have both contact lenses and eyeglasses to be alternated depending on the activities and how your eyes are feeling. This is an individualized choice, but many people enjoy contact during activities and during the day and wear eyeglasses at night before bed or when they are not feeling well.
Contact Us To Discuss Which is Better
Our eye doctor can review your lifestyle with you and discuss which direction is best for you. We are available via our online contact form.