When it comes to correcting our vision, most of us have to choose between glasses and contacts. Both options have their own unique set of pros and cons, and it can be tough to decide which one is the best fit for our needs. Some people hate the thought of frames being on their faces all day and others don’t like the idea of putting something directly onto their eyeballs.
Glasses are a classic choice that have been around for centuries, and they offer a convenient and easy way to see clearly. Contacts, on the other hand, are a more recent development and offer a more natural and seamless way of correcting our vision. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at both options and compare the pros and cons of glasses vs. contacts.
1. Fashion vs function
Although glasses are meant to be for improving your vision, they can also be a smart fashion accessory. Those with vision problems that are also very much into being fashionable with oval glasses aren’t really thrilled with contacts. They aren’t given the opportunity to make a statement as they are invisible. Glasses can be a great way to make a statement with your outfit, whether it’s a formal event or a casual day out.
On the other hand, there are some people that would rather not have to choose the right style or risk getting glasses that make them look awkward. They don’t care much about style and would rather have the option to fix their vision without needing anybody to know they have vision-correcting contacts in place. Glasses can get in the way or become a hindrance during sports or other physical activities, while contacts can be worn comfortably and won’t affect your performance.
2. How they correct vision
The way that both glasses and contacts correct vision is very different. Eyeglasses have lenses that refract light to correct vision, while contacts have lenses that sit directly on the eye and correct vision by changing the way the cornea refracts light. This may not mean much to people since they only care that their vision is corrected and how it happens doesn’t matter.
However, it does factor into which option is best because how they work does change some other factors. For instance, contacts can correct some vision problems that glasses cannot, such as astigmatism.
Also, eyeglasses are more durable and less likely to break, while contacts are more prone to damage and need to be replaced more frequently.
Probably the biggest difference between glasses and contact is how you have to take care of them. Glasses are very low maintenance and really only require cleaning once in a while and keeping them from getting scratched.
Contacts, on the other hand, require you to remove them daily and wash them. Some people opt for disposable contacts but you still need to remove and replace them every day.