A clear vision: glasses or contact lenses?

Did you squint when you read the headline? You may need your vision corrected – it’s time to go and see an optometrist.

If they confirm that you need your vision corrected, it’s down to a choice between eyeglasses or contacts – which do you choose? Well, there are certain things to consider and some of them have nothing to do with your eyes! Let’s clear this up for you.

Personal taste, lifestyle, budget and convenience should make up part of your decision-making process.

The pros of eyeglasses

  • You don’t have to put your finger anywhere near your eye – besides feeling strange, it’s better for eye health; your hands come into contact with germs every day and they can cause eye infections.
  • They require very little maintenance. All you need to do is clean them with a micro-fibre cloth if they get dust or grime.
  • They are generally less expensive than contact lenses, in the long term, because they don’t need to be replaced as often.
  • They’re a fashion accessory! You can be the one that stands out from the crowd. Let your personality shine.

The cons of eyeglasses

  • Have you been getting headaches since you got your glasses? This happens because the frames can put pressure on your nose and ears.
  • You may struggle to find a style that suits you, or a pair that sits comfortably on your nose.
  • They can obstruct your peripheral (side) vision. This can be dangerous, especially if you’re driving.
  • Your eyes may take a while to adjust to them.
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The pros of contact lenses

  • You won’t have to worry about them fogging up or getting wet during the rainy season.
  • Have you ever thought, “I wish I had piercing blue eyes?” Well, you can try out colour contact lenses.
  • You can wear certain contact lenses, known as Gas Permeable Lenses, while you sleep and they’ll actually reshape your eye so that you’ll be able to have clear vision the next day.
  • Eyeglasses and sports don’t mix. Contacts are fitted over your eye so you’ll be able to wear them during your game.

The cons of contact lenses

  • Do you work behind a computer for the majority of the day? Many experts say that contact lenses can cause symptoms associated with Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS).
  • Do you come home feeling exhausted at the end of the day and enjoy a nap? Falling asleep with contact lenses in your eyes can irritate them as well as making them red and dry.
  • Contact lenses require much more maintenance than eyeglasses. If you don’t clean them, you are at high risk of getting an eye infection.
  • Contact lenses can lead to Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) because they actually decrease the amount of oxygen reaching your eye.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to the lifestyle you live, personal tastes and what feels the most comfortable for you. The choice is yours.

Sources

http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/faq/contacts-vs-glasses.htm

http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/myopia.htm

http://www.allaboutvision.com/cvs/

http://www.contactlenses.org/clsglasses.htm

http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/orthok.htm

 

 

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