Many people who need corrective eyewear are faced with the dilemma of choosing between contact lenses or prescription eyeglasses without fully understanding the pros and cons to each option. Following are several contact lens pros and cons and eyeglasses pros and cons to take into consideration before making your decision.
The Most Noticeable Difference
It should go without saying that the first – and probably most noticeable – difference is that contact lenses can be your little secret when wearing them. But apart from that, contact lenses do not get in the way when you’re involved in activities like gardening, sports, or even vacationing!
And if you’ve ever wondered what you’d look like with a different eye color, then contact lenses offer up that option, as well.
Proper Care is Mandatory
Unlike eyeglasses which can easily be removed for a quick cleaning or a quick nap, contact lenses require additional effort. Cleaning is extremely important to avoid eye infections, and falling asleep when wearing them can lead to irritated eyes when you wake up.
Protection of the Eye
In certain instances, eye glasses can protect your eye from environmental elements such as wind and dust, whereas contact lenses suffer from these same elements.
Considering the Cost Factor
Generally speaking, eye glasses are less expensive than contacts when factored out for the length of the prescription. Eyeglasses can last for years and years, and even if your prescription changes, there’s a good chance you can reuse your frames to accommodate the new lenses. Whereas with contact lenses, the expense is ongoing month after month.
There’s Another Option: Wearing Both!
The bottom line is that some people don’t like the way they look when they wear glasses, but the practical part of them knows that eyeglasses make good sense. In cases like that, contact lenses can easily be worn for work or special occasions and then be removed for eyeglass wear in private.
The Main Case for Eyeglasses
Even if you choose contact lenses as an option over eyeglasses, it’s always recommended to have a pair of eyeglasses available should you need them for reasons varying from plain old tired eyes to possible eye infections from improper cleaning of contact lenses.
We Can Help
Falcon Vision Centre can explain in more detail the various pros and cons to each option. Make your appointment today!