It’s a common debate, if you already wear glasses, should you switch up to contact lenses? And are these better than glasses? We believe there are many benefits to wearing contact lenses over glasses. Of course, this always depends on your individual eye and that your eyes are suitable to wear contact lenses.
Before buying and trying contact lenses, it’s always important to consult with your eye doctor and confirm which lenses would be best for your eyes. There are many brands and options available so it’s important to find the one that is right for you.
You should also ensure that you put in, take out and clean your lenses correctly to ensure a, they last but b, they are safe to use and won’t damage your eyes. The consequences of misuse of contact lenses can cause irritation and discomfort but also more severe consequences such as eye infection. It can take time to get used to putting them in but after a while, it becomes second nature and you will fall in love with the ease of popping your lenses in for the day and enjoying perfect vision.
So why are contact lenses better? We’ve listed our top reasons why we prefer contact lenses over glasses.
1. Field of vision
Contact lenses adapt to the curvature of the eye, meaning you can have a wider field of vision than you can with glasses. Contact lenses move with your eye so if you look left, right, up and down you should experience the same quality of vision. With glasses, you have to move your head with your eye to get full vision.
Contact lenses make it a lot easier to play sport or exercise. Glasses can be moved and fall off making it harder to concentrate on what you’re doing. With contact lenses, this nuisance is avoided so you can run, jump, skip and play sport with ease and clear vision.
Contact lenses aren’t affected the same way glasses are in different weather. Have you ever walked outside from a hot room into the cold outside and your glasses have fogged up, or vice versa? With contact lenses, they won’t fog up so you can move from one temperature to another without having to wait a few minutes for the fog to disappear.
4. Mask wearing
An all-too-common accessory for us now, any glasses wearers will know the frustration of wearing glasses and a mask. Regular fogging up of glasses is all too common. With contact lenses again, this isn’t an issue.
5. Toric lenses for astigmatism
There’s a huge range of prescriptions available in contact lenses now and you can even get toric lenses for astigmatism. These lenses are specially designed to fit the specific shape of your eye to provide perfect vision.
6. Colored contact lenses
If you want to experiment with your eye color, you can also wear colored contact lenses in a range of prescriptions. The availability now of both color choice and prescription make it easy to achieve crystal clear vision, while also changing up your look and achieving the eye color of your dreams. You can get color lenses in daily, monthly, quarterly or even yearly replacement cycles!
7. Outfit choice
Contact lenses won’t ever clash with what you’re wearing. Glasses can really change up how you look whether using bold frames or smaller quirkier ones, but they don’t always go with your outfit choices, especially if you have a special occasion coming up.
8. Lens thickness
If you have a strong prescription, the lenses in your glasses may be a lot thicker and not as aesthetically pleasing which can make your eyes appear more magnified. Contact lenses don’t have the same effect and have a huge range of prescriptions available.
Some people find glasses frames cause pressure behind their ear and can cause discomfort or headaches. Glasses leave constant pressure on both your nose and ears which can leave slight indentations. If you do start to suffer from headaches as a result of glasses, it might be worth testing contact lenses or if this isn’t an option, go to your optometrist and change your frames up.
Of course, contact lenses aren’t for everyone and there is a range of reasons why glasses can be the preferred choice. Glasses reduces the need to touch your eyes and won’t dry them out as contact lenses can do.
There is no finite answer on which is better, and many people opt for both. Glasses can be fantastic for day-to-day wear while contact lenses can be chosen for special occasions or events. Whichever you choose, the availability for both options is huge so there will be a solution or two for you!