Contacts vs Glasses

Contacts vs. Glasses: What is the Better Choice?

When it comes to correcting your vision, you’ll be faced with the task of comparing contacts versus glasses. Some people prefer glasses while others prefer contact lenses, and some may use a combination of the two. There are benefits to both options. Determining if glasses or contacts are better for you will depend on your lifestyle, activities and personal preference. At Pearle Vision, our eye care professionals are here to help you figure out which option is best for you. Make an appointment at your local Pearle Vision EyeCare Centre to consult with an eye doctor about your options for vision correction. Below are answers to a few common questions people ask when comparing contacts vs. glasses.

Contact Lenses vs. Glasses: Which Provides Better Vision?

Both contact lenses and glasses can be used to correct most refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia and astigmatism. Contact lenses are available in the same prescription strength as glasses. The biggest difference between the two options is in the field of vision. Contacts are designed to fit the curvature of your eye, giving you a wider field of view than glasses. Furthermore, contacts cause less vision distortion than glasses because they aren’t affected by weather or light conditions the way glasses are. Glasses can steam up or get wet on foggy or rainy days. Reflections and glares can also affect your vision when wearing glasses.

Are Contact Lenses More Expensive Than Glasses When It Comes to Cost?

When considering the cost of eyeglasses versus contacts, choosing to wear only glasses will be less expensive in the long run. Depending on the type you choose, contact lenses will need to replaced daily or every few weeks. You’ll also need to purchase contact solution to disinfect your contacts between each use. Glasses will only need to be replaced if they break or if your prescription changes.

Which Option Provides Better Eye Protection When Working on a Computer?

Studies have shown that people who spend a prolonged amount of time working on a digital screen may develop computer eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome. Computer vision syndrome is a group of vision-related problems that can lead to eye discomfort or fatigue. Eyeglasses with a blue light filer can help protect your eyes when working on a computer. Depending on the type of contact lenses you use, your eyes may experience dryness or fatigue, which may contribute to symptoms of computer vision syndrome. If you spend long hours in front of a computer, it’s recommended you wear computer glasses with a blue light filter to help minimize eye discomfort.

Are Contact Lenses Safe?

Contact lenses are safe to use if you follow the thorough eye care routine provided by your Pearle Vision doctor. They should be cleaned using contact solution in between each use and disposed of as recommended by the brand you choose. Most people worry about having to put in and remove contact lenses, but with the right care and some practice this can safely be accomplished. Follow our guide for tips on how to put in and remove contact lenses.

What Are the Benefits of Wearing Contact Lenses?

In a nutshell, contact lenses:

  • Provide a wider field of vision
  • Don’t get in the way when playing sports or exercising
  • Won’t fog up or get wet in certain weather conditions
  • Won’t alter your style or look

What Are the Benefits of Wearing Glasses?

In comparison, the benefits of wearing eyeglasses are:

  • Less expensive in the long term
  • Easy to take on and off
  • Filters that provide added protection against harmful UV rays and blue light from digital screens
  • Protection from elements, such as dust, wind and debris
  • An accessory that can complement your style and personality

If you’re considering your options, ask your eye doctor for a contact lens fitting and evaluation, so you can try out your options before committing. Visit our store locator page to find a Pearle Vision EyeCare Centre near you and to consult with our eye care professionals.

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