Should You Get Glasses or Contact Lenses? - Smart Vision Labs

To see or not to see…better. Okay, Shakespeare may not like that distorted version of a line from one of his plays, but deciding between glasses and contact lenses can be a big production. Luckily, there are several facts to consider, which may help to put the spotlight on the right choice for you.


Wearing eyeglasses is ‘easy.’ Putting on a pair of glasses is both simple and quick.

Prescription glasses are usually very accurate in correcting vision problems. They can also be easily updated if your vision changes.

Glasses can make a fashion statement and can be trendy, cool, retro, or just plain glamorous.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can keep your vision problems secret. No one needs to know that you are wearing contacts.

The vision clarity with contact lenses is often considered to be greater than that of glasses.

Contact lenses won’t fog up or collect raindrops, both of which blur your vision.

Since they are worn right on the eyes, your entire field of vision is in focus.

The Care of Glasses and Contact Lenses

If you are still undecided, perhaps understanding the care of both eyeglasses and contact lenses will help you. Basically, eyeglasses need to be kept clean by spraying them with a cleaning solution and wiping them with a soft cloth.

Contact lenses also require a solution to properly clean them. The FDA recommends that you put the lens in the palm of your hand, apply a few drops of solution, and then gently rub the lens against your hand using your pointer finger and a back-and-forth motion. Even if you use a ‘no-rub’ solution, eyecare professionals encourage a quick rub to ensure the most efficient cleaning. ‘No-rub’ solutions are named because of their ability to disinfect the lenses with a soak and rinse process.

After rinsing the lens, put them in your clean lens case or holder with fresh solution. The key to wearing contact lenses safely is in the cleaning. The entire cleaning process literally takes only minutes and knowing the lenses are properly disinfected will ensure your eye health.

The cleaning solution is specifically designed to disinfect the lenses and to remove any buildup or residue. Having clean lenses not only contributes to better vision, but also minimizes the danger of developing an eye infection.

Why Not Both?

If you really cannot decide between glasses or contact lenses, why not have both? Many people today are doing just that. There might be times when either glasses or contacts suit your situation better. If you are on the computer a lot, glasses may help stop digital eyestrain that contact lenses wearers often experience.  Or perhaps you play sports and realize that glasses are not the best option.

A good tip to remember is that if you wear contact lenses, it’s best to have a pair of glasses in case you need to stop wearing the contacts. Sometimes, your eyes may be irritated or you might get an infection. Having a back-up pair of glasses will keep you vision clear while your eyes heal.

But whether you choose glasses or contact lenses, be assured that either of them will help you see better and give you the right ‘outlook’ on life.

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