Contact Lenses vs Traditional Glasses

Contact Lenses vs. Traditional Glasses —VAL-Uvision Jacksonville Optometrist

If your eye doctor has written you a prescription for corrective lenses, you have a significant choice to make: contact lenses or traditional glasses?

Glasses have existed for much longer than contacts – nearly 800 years – and today they are nearly ubiquitous in our culture. Millions of people rely on glasses not only to correct their vision but also as an indispensable fashion accessory.

While each patient’s personal style plays an important role in the decision, it’s also important that they consider the everyday tasks and long-term costs associated with each.

Patients should also appreciate that they can certainly switch between contacts and glasses, but they must be mindful of the maintenance required by each.

Transitioning From Glasses to Contact Lenses: What To Expect

Are you considering ditching your thick coke-bottle glasses for a pair of contacts? From exploring new vistas in makeup to seeing more clearly and accurately, contact lenses can be a life-altering experience! Here are a few things to know before making the switch. 

You’ll Need To Dedicate More Time To Your Contact Lens Care

Contact lenses require more maintenance than glasses: most can only be worn a few times and must thus be ordered regularly, and even reusable lenses must be cleaned daily, and lenses must always be removed nightly in order to avoid unpleasant complications.

Despite this additional work, many people choose to wear contacts at least some of the time because it’s often convenient to be free of glasses, and because they are becoming increasingly easy to use due to continuously improving materials.

Allow Some Time To Adapt (And Enjoy!) Your New Look

If you have a strong prescription, be prepared for a big adjustment. Glasses cause objects and people to appear smaller than they actually are. Your new contact lenses will make everything look huge for a while. It takes some getting used to, but it’s worth it. 

Keep in mind that right afterward, your hand-eye coordination will take a hit. For example, if you play piano, the keyboard will look much bigger, and even though your hands remember where to go, your brain could get in the way for a while. 

Contact lenses allow wearers to correct their vision without changing their appearance, making them an ideal choice for anyone who doesn’t like the way they look in glasses.

Your Eyes May Get Dry and Itchy At Times

If you suffer from itchy eyes or allergies, keep in mind that rubbing your eyes will have to be approached with care. Lightly rub along the outside of your eye and avoid rubbing directly over the lens. You could shift it off of your cornea and it might slip into your lower lid, or worse, drop on the floor.

Be prepared with some saline solution, a contact lens case, and a back-up pair of glasses just in case you need to remove your lenses. 

Apply Makeup The Right Way

For ladies, another exciting ride in the world of contact lenses is the ability to really put your makeup skills to the test. Glasses make your eyes look diminished, and without them obscuring your eyes, your true beauty (with makeup enhancements, of course) will shine through. 

It’s important to follow some tips for makeup application for contact lens wearers. Putting your face on for a night on the town will take on a whole new meaning. 

Contact Lenses Will Likely Cost More

Contact lenses are more expensive than glasses. Most are disposable lenses that last about two weeks, and then you need to switch to a clean pair. Glasses are more affordable over the long term, especially if your prescription is stable. However, there are hard lenses available that last much longer than the soft lenses and may be right for you and your pocketbook. 

Many people find contact lenses to be an excellent investment. From being able to see more accurately to being able to bring your face out of hiding, contacts can be a big boost to your self-image and your self-esteem. And that is an investment worth making.

Don’t Toss Our Your Old Eyeglasses Just In Case

For much of their history, eyeglasses were considered “medical devices” that were sometimes humiliating to wear. Today, eyeglasses are now so popular that many are sold even with non-prescription lenses.

While glasses require significantly less hygienic maintenance than contact lenses, it’s important that wearers keep a backup pair and repair kit handy in case of breaks.

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