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If you’ve just found out that you require a prescription for vision correction, or if you’ve been wearing glasses for a while but are curious about contact lenses, there are a few things to take into consideration. Deciding between glasses and contacts comes down to your personal preferences and lifestyle. Below, we break down the major benefits of both glasses and contacts to help you decide.
Pros and Cons of Glasses
Many people wear glasses for years with no problems. If you’re the type of person who can’t imagine touching their eyes to apply contact lenses, glasses may be the most practical choice for you. In addition, if you suffer from chronic dry eye or allergies, wearing glasses will help you avoid causing your eyes any additional irritation.
Glasses can be very fashionable and allow you to make a personal statement. There are hundreds of frames that you can choose from at our clinic. However, glasses do require that you take special care to keep them free from being scratched, or otherwise damaged. In addition, glasses will need to be cleaned frequently as they are prone to smudges. Overall, however, glasses are a very economical choice for vision correction. They only need to be purchased once whereas contact lenses need to be purchased on an ongoing basis.
Pros and Cons of Contacts
Contact lenses have grown in popularity over the years. If you can handle the fact that you will need to come into close contact with your eyes in order to put them on, they can be incredibly practical. The great thing about contact lenses is don’t have to worry about them much after you put them on. You may need to apply rewetting eye drops throughout the day, but there is no need to worry about them getting dirty, or damaged as with glasses.
Another benefit to contact lenses is that it’s very difficult to lose them. If you were the type of person who loses their glasses frequently, contact lenses may be right for you. If you enjoy wearing sunglasses, contact lenses allow you to wear any pair of sunglasses you wish, whereas glasses wearers require subscription sunglasses in addition to their regular frames.
The downside of contact lenses is that they have to be purchased on an ongoing basis. Some contact lenses have to be changed out daily, while others can be reused a number of times. In any case, the choice to go with contact lenses means that you will have a recurring expense. However, for many people, the flexibility that comes with having contact lenses is well worth this expense.
Still Can’t Decide?
If you’re still having trouble deciding on glasses versus contact lenses, talk to one of our friendly optometrists and they will be happy to help you make your final decision. Our clinic carries a large selection of both glasses and different contact lenses at very competitive. Together, we can help you find the vision correction solution that is perfect for your unique lifestyle.