To wear contacts or wear glasses, that is the question.

Either option can correct your vision. The answer largely depends upon what you’re looking for and the type of lifestyle you have. Here’s what we mean.

Wearing contacts: What’s in it for you?

Switching to contacts from eyeglasses can offer you more freedom. For example, if you play sports, you’ll no longer need to worry about your glasses slipping off as you charge down the field or court. Contact lenses can help offer better peripheral vision, too.

If you’re not a sports person, there are other advantages of contacts to consider. For one, they won’t fog up the way glasses do. (This is a major plus if you’re out in the snow or rain.) You also won’t have to contend with any glare or reflections from your lenses.

Another advantage of contacts, you won’t have to worry about replacing expensive frames or matching your attire to complement your glasses. Contact lenses can let you be you.

Comparing contacts to eyeglasses

Another aspect to consider when asking yourself  "should wear contacts or glasses?": You don’t have to go 100% one way or the other. Many people choose to wear their contact lenses one day, and then sport their glasses on another.

Why not? We don’t wear the same clothes every day. And buying a new car doesn’t mean that you’ve forever sworn off riding a bicycle or taking public transportation.

Mixing things up can help make life more fun (and help keep your friends interested in what you’ll do next).

What are the pros to wearing eyeglasses?

Many people choose to wear glasses simply because they like them. And, that’s fine.

Choosing between contacts and glasses often boils down to the wearer’s subjective choice. Some people like cats for pets, others prefer dogs. Like we said, variety is a good thing.

However, some needlessly cling to glasses because of certain contact lens myths or holdovers from the 1970s or 80s. Things have changed a lot since then.

The technology that goes into manufacturing contact lenses has improved dramatically in the past few decades. In general, contacts are now much more comfortable, and many can be worn longer depending upon their replacement schedule. (Ask your eye doctor.) Many also think about cleaning contact lenses. But, you can easily avoid this by getting daily disposable contacts. Plus, it’s not like you wouldn’t have to clean your eyeglass lenses anyway.

Everyone’s eyes are different in some way. Your needs and wants will differ from those around you. The next time you visit your eye doctor—something you should do at least once a year—ask about the pros and cons of contacts vs. eyeglasses for your vision.

After all, why not make sure you aren’t missing out on benefits you could otherwise be enjoying?

Nothing in this blog post is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.
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