What Are the Pros & Cons of Contacts and Glasses?

18th Nov 2021

Many people prefer eyeglasses and don't see any benefits at all in wearing contact lenses. Then there are others who have discovered greater convenience in choosing contacts. Many also believe that they look better in them. There are pros and cons of wearing both eyewear. You should make the right choice based on your personal preferences and lifestyle.

Key Aspects of Eyeglasses

There are 2 main types of eyeglasses. The first type are the single vision glasses used for correcting distance or near issues. The second type is multifocal glasses that help correct distance and near-vision issues. Multifocal lenses are broken down into a further 3 types, including bifocal, trifocal, and progressive lenses. Traditionally, glass was used as the material however currently, plastic is the material of choice. Since plastic is prone to scratches it is usually treated with scratch resistant coatings.

There are different types of glasses to address different vision and lifestyle needs:

  • Trivex/Polycarbonate Lenses: They are perfect if you want to wear your glasses to sports. They are durable and less likely to break.
  • High Index Lenses: These glasses provide an additional degree of visual correction.

Pros of Eyeglasses

  • Glasses don't need special cleaning solutions and care.
  • There are different frame styles to choose from.
  • More suited for users who need to look at a computer screen for long.
  • Glasses are also suited for users with eye irritations or allergies.

Cons of Eyeglasses

  • Distorted vision on the edge of the lens, especially for astigmatism or strong prescription.
  • There may be a sensation of pressure on the ears or weight on the nose.
  • Problem adjusting to progressive lenses.
  • Fogging and splattering in rain.

Key Aspects of Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are available in thin discs made of flexible materials and are available in soft and hard lens options. The hard contacts are also known as rigid glass permeable lenses (RGP). Soft contacts, such as biofinity contact lenses, are made of softw materials and are more popular. These lenses are more comfortable than their hard counterparts.

The different types of soft contact lenses include:

  • Daily wear lenses
  • Extended wear lenses
  • Daily disposables

Hard contact lenses are more durable and easier to care for. Both soft and hard contacts have bifocal and multifocal options. They can be used to correct both short and farsightedness.

Pros of Contact Lenses

  • Closer to natural vision without any distortion on the edges
  • The lens moves with your eye
  • There is no fogging up in rainy or cold conditions
  • You will no longer feel that you have a vision problem

Cons of Contact Lenses

  • Contacts need much greater care than eyeglasses
  • Toric contacts do not move around like other contacts but can be expensive
  • It takes more time to get used to wearing contacts

So, you should keep the above-mentioned points in mind when choosing between contact lens Online and glasses. When taken proper care of, contacts can provide many benefits. You may also consider wearing both contacts and glasses based on your specific needs.