One of the most significant decisions that visually impaired people have to make is whether to wear glasses or contact lenses. While glasses complement certain styles, most would agree that contact lenses are the better option.
If you’re unsure which one is right for you, consider these reasons why contact lenses are the superior choice.
- You look good
Let’s face it…you look good. Why hide behind glasses? Nuff said.
- Contacts are resistant to damage.
A big advantage that contacts have over glasses is that they don’t break. Once you put them in, you can just forget about them. High-quality glasses on the other hand can be expensive yet fragile. Accidentally sitting on your glasses or dropping them can lead to you breaking the frames or lenses. You can also damage your glasses by accidentally scratching them. Wearing glasses means spending a lot of time protecting them from damage.
2. Contacts are impervious to lens fog.
If you wear glasses, you have likely experienced your lenses misting up at one point or another. Simple conditions like temperature changes or rain are enough to fog up your glass lenses.
With contacts, your vision does not change in the rain or any other changes in climate. You would not need to stop to wipe your contacts just so you can see clearly.
3. Contacts fit any style.
Some believe certain eyeglass frames complement their fashion. However, some people think glasses cramp their style. You may initially like your frame but as your style evolves, you might look to switch to contact lenses.
Contacts don’t have thick lenses or awkward frames. No one will even know you are wearing them because contacts are virtually invisible. Contacts, especially colorless ones, will never clash with your wardrobe.
4. Contacts are more comfortable than glasses.
Glasses are not very comfortable. It is common for people who wear glasses to complain about headaches due to a change in their prescription or their eyes adjusting to vision changes. Wearing glasses for extended periods also irritates the bridge of your nose.
With contacts, there is nothing to irritate your skin or cause headaches. Once you put them in, you will barely notice that you are wearing them. There will be a short adjustment period when you first wear contact lenses, and you will likely find it challenging to put your contacts in. However, the discomfort is minimal.
5. They are convenient for sports and physical activities
Wearing glasses hinders your performance and limits your movement when playing sports or engaging in physical activities. Some people rely completely on their glasses to see, but glasses are not exactly safe to wear while playing sports. For example, you can’t wear glasses while engaging in contact sports like boxing, wrestling, and other martial arts.
Contacts are the ideal solution for situations that require intense physical activity.
Tips for making the transition to contacts
Like anything else, contacts take a bit of getting used to. If you want your adjustment period to be easier, keep these tips in mind:
- Make sure your hands are clean.
Keep in mind that whatever you have on your hands, you’re sandwiching it between your contacts and your eyes. This is why you should always wash your hands before putting in or taking out your contacts. Keeping your hands clean before touching your contacts is the best way to avoid eye irritation or infection.
- Never switch your lenses between eyes.
To avoid eye issues, make a conscious effort to keep each contact lens in its proper holder between uses. Mixing up your contact lenses can lead to blurred vision and headaches.
Wear your contacts only according to their replacement schedule.
Some wearers find contacts expensive. This tempts wearers to use contacts longer than the stated replacement schedule. Do not make this mistake.
Wearing contact lenses longer than their replacement schedule can lead to eye irritation, infections, and serious corneal complications. To maintain eye health, wear your contacts only according to their specific schedule. For example, if you are wearing daily contact lenses (dailies), you need to dispose of them at the end of the day and start with a fresh pair the following morning.
When you practice proper hygiene, contacts are great alternatives to glasses. As long as you keep your hands clean, keep each contact lens in their respective holder, and wear them according to their designated schedule, you will appreciate why many people prefer contacts over glasses.
Making the switch from glasses to contacts is an easy transition and one that can set you free to enjoy activities all day long with a much clearer vision.