Glasses? Contacts? Or both? In an effort to answer this age old question, we asked an avid contact lens wearer and a devoted glasses lover the reasons behind their choices.
What is the appeal behind glasses?
As our resident glasses wearer best put it, “They’re cozy, reliable and stylish. They also have very little potential for human error, as the process of putting them on is much simpler than putting in contact lenses... I don’t have to hassle with touching my eye.”
According to our resident glasses wearer, the drawbacks of wearing glasses are few, but they admitted to having broken a couple of frames in their time of wearing glasses, and cites this as the biggest disadvantage. Depending on the quality of the frames purchased, glasses can be relatively fragile and need maintenance or replacements every so often, and because of their price range, they’re not always the most practical to have spares of. Plus, one of the emerging drawbacks of glasses is the lack of versatility. Regular prescription glasses prevent you from wearing sunglasses or blue light lenses, unless you pay a hefty premium or can juggle multiple frames on your nose.
What is the appeal behind contact lenses?
“Switching to contact lenses gave me flexibility in my lifestyle. I can work out, wear a mask, and do my makeup without worrying about glasses slipping down my nose, fogging my vision or blocking the view of my makeup”, said our resident contact lens wearer. “Because they are so compact, it’s easy to carry spares when going out, especially if it’s going to be late and you are crashing at a friend's place. This also means that the cost when a pair is damaged is relatively low, compared to glasses. If you break a contact lens, you can just open a new one.” These types of preferences are some of the larger ones that appeal to many wearers.
The lens wearer we spoke to mentioned the only disadvantage they could think of would be the risk of contamination. They advised that wearing daily disposable lenses for the most hygienic, comfortable, and convenient choice, as it reduces the likelihood of contamination and infection and provides the most convenience to casual wearers and daily wearers alike.
So, which is better?
It’s evident there are benefits and drawbacks of both options.
Contact lenses are great for when you’re going out, playing sports, or don’t like the look of glasses. They are convenient, affordable and hygienic, which makes them perfect for everyday and occasional wearers alike. They sit closer to the eye than glasses, which means they can give you more natural vision, as they have less distortion than glasses typically do.
On the other hand, glasses are great for when you feel under the weather, or in emergencies such as if you cannot access water to wash your hands before applying your contacts. Arguably, no matter which choice you make, it’s always worth having a pair of glasses handy.