The debate of whether contact lenses or wearing glasses are the better way to see is a debate that has been ongoing for quite sometime. Some individuals detest contacts because they could never imagine ‘putting their finger in their eye’ and others claim that contact lenses are better because the person’s vision is not restricted to the rim of their eyeglasses.
Wearing Glasses and vision
Glasses have been around in some form for quite some time. To be exact, it is the 8th century B.C. in which some kind of lens was used to help those with vision problems. It was the 1st century B.C. in which recorded history claims that individuals were using emeralds to see better because of the magnification they produced.
Fortunately, we’re not using emeralds to see nowadays. The restriction of eyesight is hard to imagine when using a method to see what’s in front of you. However, still today individuals feel that they are held prisoner by their glasses because they can only see so much through the lenses.
At one time, the frames of glasses were very large, so a person’s overall vision was not too bad. The only issue was looking left and right. In other words, peripheral vision was not very good. Even today peripheral vision with glasses is not something that is a luxury. Glasses have become smaller in order to stay with the styles and now the actual seeing surface is even smaller. Many feel that their eyeglass options have been significantly compromised with these smaller frames because they feel they have to look straight ahead at all times to see.
Contacts lenses and vision
Contact lenses give a person the illusion that they don’t have corrective lenses. You can’t feel them, others can’t see them unless they look at your eyes closely, and contacts open you up to an entirely new world.
Being that they rest directly on your eye, you can see all around you without having the barrier of your rim ruining your peripheral vision. You can look up, down, left, and right and be able to see the world. That is something that is not done by glasses. The one thing that is different is that contacts do have to be placed onto the eye, but there have been changes in the contact lens industry such as the development of contacts that can be work non-stop for 30 days. This means being able to sleep in them, giving the illusion when you wake up in the morning that vision problems do not exist for you.
Pros and cons
Although they aren’t going to save your eyes from more severe forms of physical danger, wearing eyeglasses does offer a little bit of protection. Small bits of dust or debris that you may not even notice will deflect off the lenses of your glasses, and these would float right into your eye if you were wearing contacts. The lenses of your eyeglasses also provide some protection against the wind that many people don’t really notice until they make the switch to contact lenses. While it’s not a good idea to use your everyday eyeglasses in place of proper safety glasses, they will offer you some secondary protection.
Fashion is another benefit of wearing glasses. With so many different colors and styles available these days, it’s easier than ever to use your glasses as a fashion accessory. You can pick a pair of eyeglasses for the office, one for everyday wear, and one for going out on the town; or you can find one pair that works for all occasions.
The fact that you can use one pair of glasses for years at a time is another benefit of wearing eyeglasses over contacts. The disposable nature of contacts means you have to get new ones every time they are damaged. If you are particularly clumsy or accident-prone, you may have to purchase extra contacts multiple times over the course of the year, running up your eye care expenses. If you run into any financial difficulty and you are a contact-wearer, you just may find yourself without any means to correct your vision. With glasses, even damaged ones, you can always throw them on so you can see what you’re doing, even when finances are tight.
The way that glasses are worn is even a benefit to some people. Having to go to the trouble of inserting, removing and sanitizing contact lenses on a regular basis is what turns some people off contacts in the first place. When you’re wearing eyeglasses, you may have to clean off the lenses from time to time, but it only takes a second to put them on and you never have to worry about having some little foreign body directly on your eyeball. Some people simply can’t bring themselves to touch their eyes with their fingers. If you have difficulty putting drops in your eyes, putting in contacts may be too much to handle.
There are advantages to glasses over contact lenses just as there are advantages to contact lenses over glasses. Unfortunately, contact lenses are not able to correct near or farsightedness while correcting astigmatism, so many have to deal with astigmatism while correcting the near or farsightedness. There are contacts made for astigmatism, but that’s all they do; correct astigmatism. Glasses can correct multiple vision problems in a single lens.
However, glasses do cause you to not see things for what they are. Sizes and colors of things may look different. With contacts, you see the world for what it really is. That means you should weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. If you can deal with the small cons of one or the other, then you have your answer as to what you should do to correct your vision. Even if you have never worn contacts, it is never to late to try looking for some discount contact lenses in order to decide if they are what is right for you and your vision.