The differences between glasses and contacts are many, but neither is better than the other. In fact, people who wear contacts should also own a pair of glasses. You can’t wear your contact lenses 24/7 so you will need a backup.
Contact lenses will give you clearer vision, with less distortion, than glasses. Glasses sit about ½ inch from the eye and the frames can interfere with peripheral vision. And contacts are great for active lifestyles and playing sports, since you won't be in danger of breaking or losing your glasses.
Which one is better depends upon many factors that will be personal to you. For example, if you spend a lot of time outside, you may prefer contacts so glasses won’t slide down your face when you sweat, or fog up in the rain and cold. Or, you may prefer glasses because they protect your eyes from wind, dirt and debris.
Modern contact lenses are very breathable and healthy for your eyes, as long as you disinfect or replace them as often as directed; that will be either daily, weekly, or monthly depending on your preference. Problems can occur if you do not take proper care when handling and disinfecting them. Simply because you are touching your eyes more, the chances of getting an eye infection are higher. Wearing contact lenses for long periods can contribute to dry eye and computer vision syndrome since contacts reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches your eyes.
Just about anyone. Contact lens technology has progressed so there are contact lenses to correct all types of vision problems. Contact lenses can can be made bifocal or multi-focal and contacts can correct astigmatism just as well, if not better than eyeglasses.
Glasses are less expensive in the long run because they do not need to be replaced as often. However, if you break your glasses they can be expensive to replace.
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One last tip when choosing between glasses and contacts; remember that contact lens prescriptions are different from eyeglass prescriptions. Remember get your eyes checked once a year.
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