Will You Stay With Glasses After Your Next Eye Exam Or Try Contacts?

You've worn glasses for years but continue to be intrigued with the thought of having contacts. It might be a good time to switch with your next eye exam. Consider these pros and cons of contacts before you buy your next pair of glasses. It might be time for a change.

The Benefits of Contact Lenses

Some people swear by their contacts and would never consider wearing glasses all of the time. Here is why they stick with their choice:

  • Contacts rest against the curvature of  your eyeball. You have a wider field of vision than your glasses and no frame to obstruct your sight.
  • They don't get in the way while playing sports or doing physical exercise.
  • Contacts are not affected by weather and won't fog up.
  • They don't change your appearance or clash with your outfit like glasses may do.
  • Contacts do come in different shades so you can try out various eye colors to find the one you like best.
  • Special contacts can reshape your cornea slightly by wearing them overnight. The next day you'll need little or no correction to see or read correctly.
  • Unlike the lenses of glasses that become quite thick and heavy with a strong prescription, contacts won't be noticed no matter how strong the prescription.
  • Contacts don't put pressure on your nose and ears, like glasses, eliminating the chance of headaches.

The Downside of Contacts

There are a few reasons people prefer their glasses over contacts such as:

  • A few people just can't get the knack of putting the contacts against their eyes.
  • Contacts reduce the amount or air that circulates across your eyes increasing your risk of dry eyes.
  • Some people experience tired eyes when working at the computer with their contacts in. They may prefer glasses for long sessions at the computer.
  • Contacts require more care and cleaning than glasses to prevent eye infections.
  • Falling asleep with contacts in can result in dry irritated eyes.
  • Glasses may be less expensive than contacts over time if you can keep your old glasses frames when your prescription changes.
  • In dusty, windy conditions, fine particles can get under your contacts and irritate your eye.

For some people, the cosmetic impact is the primary reason to choose contacts over glasses. For other people, it's the clearer, unobstructed vision. With your next eye exam, you might try contacts to compare with your experience of wearing glasses. Keep your frames because you can always go back. For more information, click here to continue reading about your eye health.