One of the biggest decisions those of us with less than perfect eyesight must make is whether to wear glasses or contact lenses. In some cases, the decision may be made for you, if for example your particular eye condition removes one of the two as a feasible option. However, for most of us the choice comes down to personal preference. So, if you’ve been thinking about making the switch, here’s why you should definitely consider breaking free from your glasses and giving contacts a go.
What are the advantages of wearing contact lenses?
There are a wealth of reasons why contact lenses are more convenient and comfortable than glasses. For instance:
- They are perfectly suited to those with an active lifestyle. Contact lenses don’t move around when you move your head, and they are extremely unlikely to fall out. This means that they are very convenient to wear when playing sports or taking part in other activities. Plus, they can be worn with cycle helmets, snowboarding goggles, and other similar headgear, so you can get on with the hobbies you love without having to compromise.
- They give you clearer vision. Because contact lenses sit directly on the eyes and move with them, they give you a wider field of vision in comparison to glasses and you won’t have frames blocking parts of your view. Similarly, you don’t have to worry about reflections on the lenses, having them steam up, or getting them wet in the rain.
- They look natural. Glasses can of course be stylish, but with contact lenses, no one even has to know you’re wearing them! They won’t obstruct your eye makeup and they can be worn with sunglasses, giving you more options when it comes to your look. You can even get colored lenses to switch up your eye color!
- They can protect your eyes. UV radiation is damaging to our eyes, but UV protection contact lenses can block or absorb the rays so they don’t cause harm. As they sit directly on your eye, they are actually more effective than sunglasses at keeping your eyes safe.
Are there any disadvantages?
Contact lenses are not perfect, and there are a few potential disadvantages it’s worth being aware of. For example, they tend to be more expensive than glasses in the long run and might take more getting used to at first. Some people find it difficult to put them in and take them out when they initially start wearing them; however, with a bit of practice you’ll soon get the hang of it. Finally, contact lenses require a bit more care than glasses. You need to make sure you store them correctly (if they are not daily disposable lenses) and wash your hands thoroughly before handling them.
How do I get started with contact lenses?
In most cases, your optician will start you off with glasses, and if you decide that you want to try contact lenses, you will need to make another appointment with a specialist. They will be able to assess whether your eyes are suitable for contacts and to determine the right fit, as well as teach you how to use and look after them.
Once you become a lens wearer, you’ll then have a choice between a few different styles of lenses. The main ones are:
- Daily disposable lenses: these are worn once, and then thrown away at the end of the day.
- Monthly contact lenses: these can be worn every day for 30 days (some for two weeks) but must be taken out at night and left in solution overnight for cleaning.
- Extended wear lenses: these can be worn every day for 30 days and left in overnight and should be taken out roughly once a week for cleaning.
Each type has their pros and cons, and the style that suits you best will depend on your lifestyle and personal preferences. Some people use a combination of two or three depending on what they’re doing, so that’s always an option too.
What is best with computers?
Both glasses and contact lenses are suitable to wear when using a computer. The most important thing is that your prescription is up to date. Keep your screen an arm’s length from your eyes if possible, be sure to blink more often, and take regular breaks to give your eyes a rest. You could also consider getting blue light blocking glasses to wear with your contact lenses for extra protection from eye strain.