About 76 percent of the people in the United States either wear glasses or contact lenses to correct their vision problems, according to data from the Vision Council. Of those people, about two-thirds are under 45 years of age. This data shows that it’s not just age-related changes in vision or eye health that cause the majority of vision issues in the U.S. It also means that there are a lot of people trying to choose between wearing glasses or contact lenses, to correct those issues.
For some people, the choice is obvious — maybe they’re squeamish about putting in contact lenses or taking them out, in which case, glasses make the most sense. But most times, the decision between glasses and contacts isn’t so clear cut, and you might need a little help picking the best option for you.
Glasses are easy to care for — just wipe them clean, and you’re good to go. You don’t have to touch your eyes when you put them on, which means there’s no risk of infection. Since you can wear glasses for a long time, they’re less costly than contacts. Some glasses can automatically adjust to ambient light, cutting down on UV exposure when you’re in bright sunlight. They can also keep dust and other debris out of your eyes, and if your eyes are dry or sensitive, glasses won’t irritate them further. Plus, glasses can be a real fashion statement, and they can work to enhance your overall appearance.
Downsides: Glasses don’t help with peripheral vision, and they can get “fogged up” in humid or wet conditions. Very thick lenses can feel uncomfortable, and you might not like how they look (or how they make your eyes look). Glasses also apply pressure on your nose and behind your ears, which you might find uncomfortable. And, finally, you just might not feel attractive wearing glasses.
Contacts sit right on your eye, so they can provide you with clear vision no matter where you’re looking, even peripherally. With contacts, you can play sports and participate in other physical activities that might not be possible or convenient with glasses. While contacts might not enhance your facial features the way glasses can, you can change your eye color with tinted lenses. Plus, they won’t fog up like glasses can if it’s humid, rainy, or cold.
Downsides: Contacts touch your eyes, which means there’s a greater risk of infection. You must adhere to a specific cleaning routine to prevent infection as well (unless you get daily-wears, which can just be tossed out). If you have dry eyes or stare for long periods of time at a screen, contact lenses can make your symptoms a lot worse. If you fall asleep with your contacts in, your eyes can wind up getting really irritated.
Of course, before you make your decision, you’ll need to schedule an eye exam. During your exam, we’ll thoroughly evaluate your vision and your eye health, plus we’ll talk about your lifestyle, your job, your hobbies, and other factors that could influence the option that’s best for your needs.
If you decide you want contacts, we’ll also perform the special corneal measurements that are necessary to make sure your contacts fit correctly and comfortably. And once your contacts come in, we can show you how to put them in and take them out, so you’re completely comfortable with the process.
If glasses are your preference, we have lots of frames to choose from as well as lens types. Plus, we can help you select prescription sunglasses or special protective eyewear for work, so your vision stays clear and your eyes have the protection they need, no matter what you’re doing.
Regardless of which option you choose, our office carries only the most trusted brands of glasses and contacts so you can feel confident in your selection.
At Pack Optical, we offer a wide selection of glasses and contact lenses as well as sunglasses to help our patients get the vision solutions they need for better sight at every age. To learn more about glasses or contacts or to schedule a vision exam, book an appointment online today.