About 34% of Indians between 45 to 59 years of age wear eyeglasses to help them see better. While the younger generation is more willing to try out contact lenses as corrective eyewear.
Eyeglasses and contact lenses have remained the most popular corrective eyewear choices for decades. Besides being easy to use and effective, they can correct a wide range of vision problems, significantly improving a person’s quality of life.
But, the debate of which one is the better option is an ongoing one and does not seem to end. Some prefer the contacts whereas some prefer the glasses; also some prefer both. But many have no idea how to approach this problem.
Thankfully, we’ve decided to try and put an end to this argument. So stick around till the end and decide for yourself.
Let’s start with Contact lenses:
- Contacts conform to the curvature of your eye, providing a wider field of view and causing fewer vision distortions and obstructions than eyeglasses.
- They don’t get in the way during physical activities such as playing sports or exercising.
- Contacts do not influence your outfit so there’s no worry of mismatching.
- Contacts typically aren’t affected by weather conditions and won’t fog up in cold weather like glasses.
- They’re available in different colours that allow your eyes to appear different and aesthetically pleasing.
- You need to know the proper technique to apply them otherwise there’s a risk of injury.
- Contacts reduce the amount of oxygen reaching your eye and can cause or increase the severity of dry eye syndrome.
- If you work around computers (most of us do), wearing contact lenses will likely contribute to symptoms of digital eye strain.
- Contacts require proper cleaning and care to avoid potentially severe eye infections. If you can’t commit to the care, it could be a problem.
- If you accidentally fall asleep while wearing daily wear contacts (and this happens a lot), your eyes get dry, gritty, red and irritated when you wake up.
Now that you’re familiar with how using contact lenses daily will look like, let’s put the spotlight on eyeglasses and assess them carefully.
- Wearing glasses reduces the need to touch your eyes, which in turn reduces the likelihood of irritation or developing an eye infection.
- If you have dry or sensitive eyes, glasses won’t exacerbate the problem as contact lenses can.
- They are generally cheaper than contact lenses and do not require replacement as often. Also, if your prescription changes over time, you may be able to keep your current frames and just replace the lenses.
- Eyeglasses give you fashion points as the frames can speak volumes about your personality and style.
- They offer some protection from environmental factors such as wind, dust and debris.
- Eyeglasses sit about 12mm (about a half-inch) from your eyes, so peripheral vision can be distorted. Some people also report difficulty focusing on objects and blurry vision when they first start wearing glasses or change prescriptions.
- They could influence your facial aesthetics and hide some features. That’s why many people who wear eyeglasses look immensely different when they take them off.
- If you have a strong prescription, the edges of your lenses may be thick and unappealing. Also, your glasses might make your eyes appear unnaturally minified or magnified.
- As witnessed by many during the pandemic. Glasses can be obstructed or blurred by precipitation collecting on your lenses due to fog from the weather (or due to your mask).
- Prolonged wearing can cause the frames to exert constant pressure on your nose and behind your ears, leading to headaches and general discomfort.
Contact lenses or Eyeglasses…or both?
It’s simple. Though contact lenses give you more flexibility and a wider field of view, they require efforts and special care. While eyeglasses, on the other hand, are ideal for people who prefer to not put in extra efforts to see better.
Alternatively, you can choose contact lenses on special occasions and stick with eyeglasses for daily wear – it all comes down to your personal preference.
But the most important thing is to keep your eyes safe and enjoy a healthier vision.