If you’re agonizing over whether to wear contact lenses or eyeglasses, you’re not alone. It’s a personal decision, with neither one being the “best” choice for most people. You might decide that you’ll be more comfortable with eyeglasses, or that you prefer contact lenses—either is totally fine and completely up to you. To help you make your decision, here is a list of some of the pros and cons of each.
CONTACT LENSES: PROS
- Allows you to participate in sports and do more physical activity, without worrying about damaging a pair of glasses.
- Provides you with better peripheral vision, without any obstructions to your view.
- They don’t fog up when it’s cold
- You can change the color of your eyes with color contact lenses
CONTACT LENSES: CONS
- You have to touch your eye, and it can be difficult to apply contact lenses for some.
- Can add to dry eye syndrome, because they restrict oxygen to the surface of the eye.
- Contact lenses require more upkeep than glasses: proper cleaning, storing, etc.
- More expensive in the long run than glasses, because they need to be replaced more often.
- You don’t have to touch your eyes, so you’re less likely to irritate them.
- Can be good for people with sensitive eyes that might be irritated by contact lenses.
- You can make them part of your overall style, with trendy frames.
- Cheaper in the long run: they don’t have to be replaced as often.
- They can take time getting used to, causing blurry vision and difficulty focusing when you start wearing them (it gets better after a few days to a week).
- The frames can obstruct your view, and since your glasses sit a little ways away from your eyes, they don’t cover as much peripheral vision.
- Some people don’t like the way they look in glasses.
- Some frames can be uncomfortable sitting on your nose and ears.