Glasses or Lenses : Which Are Right For You?

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Should I choose glasses or lenses? If you need to improve your eyesight, that’s probably a question you have asked yourself before. While both glasses and lenses are good for vision correction, they each come with positives and negatives. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons for both before choosing eyewear.

Pros and cons of glasses

  • Pro: Glasses are more affordable than contact lenses because you don’t have to replace them as often.
  • Con: Glasses can detract from your eyes and other facial features. Depending on your face shape and features, you might not like the way you look with glasses.
  • Pro: Glasses can protect your eyes from dust and debris. When you have your glasses on, you don’t have to worry about these substances getting into your eyes and causing irritation.
  • Con: When it’s cold outside, your glasses can fog up, obstructing your vision.
  • Pro: Glasses require less maintenance than contact lenses. With lenses, you have to clean them on a daily basis to prevent getting an eye infection. Glasses, on the other hand, only have to be cleaned as often as needed.
  • Con: Certain eyeglass frames can put pressure on your nose, increasing discomfort.

Pros and cons of lenses

  • Pro: Contact lenses don’t get in the way of playing sports. You don’t have to worry about taking them off before you get out in the field.
  • Con: Contact lenses can lead to infection if they are not taken care of properly. They must be cleaned every day.
  • Pro: Contact lenses don’t change your appearance like glasses can. If you choose lenses, others will still notice your eyes and other features.
  • Con: Contact lenses typically require more eye doctor appointments. If you have a busy schedule, this may be inconvenient.
  • Pro: Contact lenses move naturally with your eyes, so you can see well from every direction.
  • Con: Contact lenses can’t be slept in. If you forget to take them out before you go to bed, it can lead to eye irritation and discomfort.

Glasses or Lenses: Who cannot wear contact lenses?

Today, progress in technology makes it possible for nearly everyone to wear contact lenses. Gone are the days of old-fashioned lenses, so hard they would often pop out. In some cases, however, discomfort is a factor that could prevent you to be a good candidate: if you suffer from dry eye syndrome (despite options in design and drops to help) or if you are severely nearsighted (lenses would not be powerful enough to effectively correct vision).

Glasses or lenses: still can’t decide?

If you are still having difficulty deciding between glasses and lenses for vision correction, ask your optometrist for advice. He or she can assess your eye health and lifestyle and make the appropriate recommendation.

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