Contacts Versus Glasses: Which One Should You Choose?

Contacts or Glasses?


Updated on August 9, 2019. Reviewed by Chris Day (Optician) and Dr. Justin Asgarpour (Optometrist).

Do you wear eyeglasses? Have you ever considered trying contact lenses? You might wonder what are the benefits and drawbacks of contacts versus glasses! There are many misconceptions about contact lenses that prevent glass wearers from giving them a chance. However, contact lenses satisfy many people who require flexible vision correction.

For a long time, wearing contact lenses was only possible if your prescription was relatively simple. Today, patients with considerable astigmatism correction can wear contacts comfortably and be assured of good vision.

Similarly, customers requiring extra correction for reading distances were resigned to correcting their distance vision only and carrying reading glasses in their pocket, on their head or hanging from a chain. Modern multifocal contact lenses are now a great alternative for up close reading however you should know that they might compromise the overall quality of your vision, depending on the type of activity.

To help you understand the advantages of contacts vs glasses, discover the unique benefits of these low profile devices.

Why Should You Try Contact Lenses?

Contact lenses are a very useful device for those who require vision correction. Many contact lens wearers enjoy their comfort and discretion. However, it’s important to know that wearing contacts could affect your eyes and may lead to eye infection or reduced breathability for your cornea. For this reason, having a pair of eyeglasses ready will always be needed if you encounter any issues with contacts. But you can be assured that under the supervision of your eye care professional, wearing contact lenses is safe! Contacts have evolved to adapt to your eyes’ needs and comfort.

A contact lens fitting will ensure the appropriate lenses have been chosen for your eye’s unique shape and give you the chance to try out various brands and experience what the world will look like through your new contact lens prescription. It also allows your eye doctor to assess the movement of the lens on your eye. Get in touch with an eye professional if you want more information on eye health and your unique needs.

Choose the Right Fitting

Your cornea (the clear, domed window at the front of your eye) is the only part of your body that does not receive its oxygen from blood supply- only the air surrounding it. When a lens is placed directly onto the cornea, the oxygen supply will be diminished to some extent.

Modern lens materials, such as Silicon Hydrogel, allow for some oxygen permeation through them. But even the most oxygen-permeable lenses could suffocate the cornea if the fit of the lenses is too tight. A tight-fitting lens may not be noticed by the wearer but could lead to complications such as edema or a corneal ulcer. A loose lens may not only feel like a perpetual eyelash stuck in your eye but could cause mechanical abrasion and complications.

Your eye care professional will verify the lenses while on your eyes to ensure adequate lens movement and oxygen supply. After they have verified your lenses to be safe, you are entitled to a record of those measurements if you have paid for a contact lens fitting.

Contacts versus Glasses: Choose Your Preference


Now that you know that there are almost certainly options for your prescription and the process you go through to ensure your eye’s health, let’s explore some unique specifics that explain the advantages of contacts vs glasses.

  1. Affordability

Contact lenses are now offered at affordable prices. New technologies have enhanced their performance, comfort, and safety. Glasses, on the other hand, have the inconvenience of being more fragile. Therefore contacts can be an interesting alternative or backup plan for those who are looking for an affordable option!

If you’re looking for a brand that manages to create a unique combination of affordability and quality, just go with Everclear. This special brand guarantees an optimal oxygen-flow, thanks to its use of silicone hydrogel, and offers great eye comfort, at economical prices!

  1. Fit For Sports

Are you tired of fitting a full-face hockey mask or motorcycle helmet onto your head while wearing your glasses? Not to mention the sweat on your lenses and pads… Playing sports with a clear vision and optimal eye comfort is now totally possible!

And if your sport of choice involves a lot of exertion, contact lenses won’t fog up during strenuous exercise as glass lenses can sometimes do.

  1. Adapted to All Kinds of Eyes

Nowadays, contact lenses can correct most vision issues. Even people with high amounts of astigmatism can be corrected with contact lenses, which was not always the case.

If you’re over the age of 40 and need help with reading (presbyopia), there are contact lens solutions for you as well. You don’t have to rely on contacts for only long distance vision and still keep a set of reading glasses handy. You can talk to your eye care professional about multifocal contact lenses.

  1. Easy to Maintain

Contact lens wearers will all confirm, contacts make a real difference. In addition to their smaller footprint, contact lenses don’t scratch as glasses do with wear and tear. Which makes them less susceptible to reducing your visual acuity.

Even so, to maintain optimal comfort with your contact lenses, you still need to treat them with love. They need to be cleaned and changed regularly. Removing your lenses every night to disinfect them and remove protein deposits is important for both cleanliness and comfort. Unless you have been fitted with extended wear contacts that you can wear overnight and your eye care professional has informed you your eyes are healthy enough to do this.

Always make sure you replace your lenses according to your ECP’s instructions, whether they’re meant to be changed every month, two weeks or every day.  One day lenses do not mean you can spend a couple hours at the gym. Take them out and reuse them the next workout for 12 days. One day contact lenses are single use- they’re not meant to be cleaned.

Daily disposable contacts are the healthiest option for your eyes – they ensure your eye has a fresh, clean lens every day so you don’t need to worry about protein buildup or bacteria. And they don’t require any care!

  1. Colourful

Coloured contact lenses can bring some brightness to your day and add an eccentric dash to your style! If you want to change up your eye colour for a night out, or just feel like making a splash, coloured lenses can be a great option for those with single vision prescriptions. Coloured contacts should be fitted by a professional regardless of whether a correction is needed or not.

You could either choose a natural tint or a flashy, distinct colour. A fitting will also allow you to test which colours look best on you; many people with darker eyes will see no change if they wear a lighter colour lens like blue or green. Consider Air Optix Colors for a genuine look or Splash of Colour for a radical change!

  1. No Need for Prescription Sunglasses

Contact lenses allow you the freedom of not needing to carry prescription sunglasses along with your clear glasses. You can bring one set of non-prescription sunglasses with you and have them off and on as needed – no need to switch back and forth. Easy, right? Many brands of contact lens feature built-in UV protection as well as vision correction for additional peace of mind.

UV blocking contacts are not, however, replacements for sunglasses as they do not cover the entire eye nor the delicate tissue surrounding it. Wraparound sunglasses with UV 400 protection are still necessary for the best coverage and protection (not to mention style).

  1. Eye Comfort

Once you’ve learned how to put in contact lenses, and how to comfortably insert and remove them, you can enjoy their convenience! Your eye care professional will help you decide which contacts will guarantee optimal comfort for your eyes, whether it’s soft contacts or RGP (Rigid Gas Permeable) lenses.

Comfort at Work


Note that contacts could be uncomfortable if you have dry eyes or if you work in an air-conditioned office. You can first learn how to avoid dry eyes by keeping safe habits. Certain contact lenses have a special design for office use and can help reduce eye strain during busy days at work. Eye drops are also something that all customers should have on hand.

Modern silicone hydrogel lenses do not rely on the water content for oxygen transmission, ensuring your cornea still gets as much oxygen after a day at the desktop as it did when you put the lenses in when starting your day. And it can be more comfortable for many patients.

Also, if you work in front of a computer all day and wear contacts, remember to blink often! Practice the 20-20-20 Rule: every 20 minutes, look away from your monitor and focus on something at least 20 feet away, for 20 seconds. Your eyes will thank you for it.

  1. Discretion

Not comfortable wearing glasses? Get a clear vision with a discrete look – nobody will notice your contacts!

And patients with high prescriptions don’t need to worry about thick, pop bottle lenses like they do with glasses. A high prescription in the form of a contact lens isn’t visible to anybody else. And it does away with much of the curvature and distortion that goes hand in hand with strong spectacle lenses.

  1. Keep Your Peripheral Vision Clear

Last but not least, with contact lenses your field of vision isn’t restricted to the limitations of your glasses frame! With contacts, you can step out and see the whole world crisply from side to side, without the peripheral barrier of a bulky frame. With proper contact lens wear, you can enjoy a much wider field of vision.

Interested to Experience Contact Lenses?

Glasses or contact lenses? The best option is to discuss it with your eye doctor to decide what the ideal solution is for you. Eyeglasses will always remain a good option if you wear contacts but want to take them off from time to time. Glasses cannot be replaced by contacts entirely; they’ll always be a good supplement to contact lenses and vice versa.

The pros and cons of contacts vs glasses could be discussed for a long time. What’s important though is for you to find the perfect match for your vision and comfort! We offer a large variety of contact lens wear for all kinds of vision issues. Shop online with Clearly and get your next pair of affordable contacts. You’ll see the world from a new perspective!

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