Benefits of Contact Lenses
As an eyeglass wearer myself, I know there are certain times when it’s just not convenient to wear glasses. I played basketball for a long time, and it was distracting during the game to jump up for a rebound and have your glasses bounce on your face when you landed again. If you run or play sports, it’s a great time to switch out from eyeglasses into contact lenses.
There are many benefits that contact lenses offer. Your eye doctor can help you best understand the differences and what will work best for your individual situation.
But here is a list of some of the top reasons to wear contact lenses:
There are a few ways that contact lenses can affect your vision when compared to glasses. First of all, because a contact sits directly on your eye, it offers a more natural vision. Eyeglasses are worn at a distance, and this (though small) distance between the eye and the lens can occasionally offer a different feel visually. For instance, with glasses, your peripheral isn’t as sharp because, depending on the frame, the prescription lens may not extend that far, although, there are also eyeglass frames that can minimize this effect.
Contact lenses are often more helpful with increasing peripheral vision. This can be particularly important when playing sports and when driving.
This is also why your contact lens prescription may differ slightly from your eyeglass prescription.
Cosmetic Appeal of Contact Lenses
Many people also feel that contact lenses are cosmetically more appealing. Personally, I would debate this endlessly because I don’t think there is anything more appealing than a great pair of glasses that allow you to change the way you look (and feel) by slipping on a different frame whenever you want. However, for specials events and weddings, most people will opt for contact lenses.
Also, with contact lenses regular sunglasses can still be worn. So, if you notoriously borrow sunglasses from that fashionista friend of yours, with contacts you’re able to. Even for those who easily lose sunglasses or have an awful habit of sitting on them or crushing them in some shape or form, contact lenses are probably a better investment.
And as with sunglasses, it’s always good to have a back-up eyeglass pair as well. If something irritates your eye, or if you contract some sort of conditions (i.e. pink eye), it is highly recommended NOT to wear your contact lenses. In times like those, you should switch to eyeglasses and give your eyes all the rest and oxygen they need.
Choosing Glasses vs. Contacts
Many people choose to wear both contact lenses and eyeglasses. It’s definitely convenient to have both because that gives you the flexibility to choose and coordinate your look to each individual day.
Remember, the prescriptions are different from each other, so make sure your optometrist knows which prescription you’re looking for or both.
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