If your vision has been declining, your ophthalmologist may have suggested that you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your vision. Before making your final decision on glasses or contacts, take into consideration the advantages and disadvantages to both options.

    Here are factors to take into consideration about the convenience and comfort of glasses and contact lenses:


    Most people who require vision correction lenses choose eyeglasses because they are cheaper and require less maintenance than contact lenses. Wearing glasses can lower your risk for eye infection since you don’t need to touch your eyes when putting on eyeglasses.

    Some individuals are unable to wear contact lenses because they suffer from sensitive eyes or dry eyes. Consider the health of your eyes when making the decision between eyeglasses or contact lenses.

    The drawback to wearing eyeglasses is the inconvenience of having them on your face throughout the day. They can get in the way when you participate in sports, and they can become smudged and dirty easily due to weather, dust, fingerprints, or from a few drops of moisture that come into contact with the lenses. Also, some people find that glasses are uncomfortable to wear because they don’t like the pressure of the glasses sitting on their nose or ears.


    Contact lenses are often less noticeable to others because the lenses are placed on the surface of your eyes. These lenses are often more convenient for sports activities since you don’t have to worry about bulky glasses getting in the way. Contacts aren’t as badly affected by the weather, and can form to fit the exact shape of your eye for ultimate comfort.

    Over time, contact lenses can be more costly than eyeglasses since you will need to replace the lenses on a regular basis. Additionally, contacts require more care and upkeep as a result of repeatedly putting them in your eyes and taking them out. Thorough cleaning and care is very important to avoid eye infections.

    Also, contacts must be removed each night before you fall asleep, unless you are wearing lenses that are designed specifically for overnight wear.


    If you are tired of wearing glasses or contacts, consider the option of having laser vision correction surgery. This type of surgery can repair your eyes so you can see clearly without the need for vision correction lenses.

    Posted April 28, 2015 by Silverstein Eye Centers
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