The advantages of contact lenses
Contacts give you a full field of focused vision, unlike glasses with reflections and distortions like fog, water spots and dirt. They also move with your eyes offering you sharp, peripheral vision.
They give you more active freedom. Contact lenses can help you to lead a more active lifestyle. With contact lenses, you can run, jog, swim and wear headgear with little to no hassle compared to glasses.
Wearing contacts can improve your confidence. For some individuals, wearing contacts improves their self-esteem. This is especially true for child and teenage contact lens wearers.
The disadvantages of contact lenses
Contact lenses are more work compared to glasses that are easy to pick up and put on. Cleaning and disinfecting contact lenses can also be inconvenient and require a lot of commitment.
They carry a more significant risk, especially when not cleaned and maintained well. They can cause irritation, conjunctivitis, dry eye syndrome and discomfort. Severe infections may even lead to blindness.
They are more expensive than prescription glasses since they need to be replaced more often to avoid the risks associated with improper hygiene and lens care.
Contacts can increase the severity of dry lens syndrome as less oxygen reaches the eye.
What about glasses?
Eyeglasses can have many benefits for users as they require less maintenance, and you don’t need to touch your eyes when using them. They are also much more affordable as they require less frequent replacing. Glasses can also be adjusted to allow less light, helping you maintain eye comfort as well as correct vision. Some individuals prefer the look of eyewear, especially since many styles of frames are available. It is also possible to use glasses as an everyday item while still using contacts when participating in sports and outdoor activities.
To find out whether contact lenses will be a good fit for you, you can consult with our optometrist and get a pair of temporary contact lenses to try them out. You should also weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of contact lenses to decide whether or not you should try them.