Can't decide between contact lenses and eyeglasses? Each one has its own set of benefits. It is up to you to choose which fits your lifestyle, fashion sense, budget, and more. Let's discuss the pros and cons.
- Eyeglasses are low maintenance. Just keep them in a case when you're not using them, and wipe the lenses to keep them clean.
- They're easy to use. You just put your glasses on, and you're ready to go. They don't require much care.
- Eyeglasses can protect your eyes from the elements such as wind, dust, or debris.
- You don't need to replace them as often as contact lenses - for as long as sure you take the exam every 6 months and your grade does not change.
- There's always a wide selection of frames for you to choose from to suit your style!
- Eyeglasses can sometimes interfere with your peripheral vision.
- They are prone to fogging up (unless you get anti-fog lenses!) when you go from a cold to a hot environment or when you get caught up in the rain.
- Your glasses can be bulky and unappealing if you have a strong prescription since you need thicker lenses and sturdy frames.
Contact lenses: Pros
- Nothing blocks your sight. Contacts adjust to the curvature of your eye. Therefore you have a wider field of view and fewer obstructions and distortions to your vision.
- They don't get in the way. You can exercise and play sports easily
- They don't fog up in cold or rainy weather.
- You can experiment with different color contact lenses!
Contact lenses: Cons
- Contacts require a lot of care and maintenance. It would be best to clean the lenses and the case every day to avoid potentially serious eye infections.
- They can be challenging to put in. Some people, especially the ones new to using contacts, have trouble inserting the lenses. It might take time for you to get used to it.
- Contacts can dry your eyes. You can't fall asleep while wearing them because contact lenses can dry out your eyes, and your eyes will become red and irritated when you wake up. While eye drops can help with this problem, they can be rather inconvenient.
- As to the cost, contacts can be expensive, and you need to replace them more often than glasses.
So, contact lenses or eyeglasses?
The decision is usually a matter of personal preference. Go for whatever fits your style and daily activities the most. Or, better yet, why not get both? You can switch between them depending on the occasion, activity, or when is most convenient.