If you need eyewear to correct your vision, you’ll likely be able to get a prescription for either glasses or contact lenses.
While neither is objectively better than the other, there are several factors that might make one option more suitable for you.
Contacts tend to offer a wider field of vision than glasses, which have frames or edges that can obstruct or distort your peripheral vision. Additionally, contact lenses usually aren’t affected by weather conditions, whereas glasses get speckled in the rain and fogged up when you come in from the cold.
Some people struggle to put in and take out contact lenses, although the process generally gets easier with practice. In addition to being easy to use, glasses allow you to avoid touching your eyes, thereby reducing your risk of irritation and infection.
It’s generally more convenient and safer to wear contact lenses rather than glasses when you play sports or exercise. On the other hand, glasses help protect your eyes from dust, wind and debris. However, if you work on a construction site or in a similarly hazardous environment, it’s best to wear prescription safety glasses.
Glasses are often preferable if you have dry or sensitive eyes since wearing contact lenses can exacerbate these issues, especially if you spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen. However, you might find that certain frames put pressure on your nose or behind your ears, causing discomfort and headaches.
Unless you opt for daily disposable lenses, contacts need to be disinfected and properly stored every night. Glasses are a hassle-free alternative that don’t need to be replaced as often.
Stylish frames can make a bold fashion statement, but contact lenses will never clash with your outfit. And while contacts allow you to experiment with different eye colours, glasses can accentuate or distract from certain facial features.
In the end, the choice between glasses and contact lenses largely comes down to personal preference. However, even if you want to wear contacts full-time, you should have an up-to-date pair of glasses on hand in case your eyes get irritated or infected.
Quality eyewear in the Edmonton area
Optometrists’ Clinic carries a wide variety of durable eyewear frames from designers like Alain Mikli, Etnia Barcelona, Michael Kors and Tom Ford. We also offer prescription sunglasses and contact lenses in a range of materials, tints and colours. For eyewear that suits your needs and style, contact us today or schedule a visit at one of our eye centres in Edmonton, Leduc or Westlock.