For those that are visually impaired, there is a constant internal war over what type of aides to rely on to see on a daily basis. Depending on the way your eyes are, the options may seen daunting. For even the most complicated vision types though, the debate most commonly comes down to eyeglasses or contacts. The advantages for glasses include how easy they are to take off and on as well as the fact that they are healthier for your eyes. Contacts have a different set of advantages like being able to wear regular sunglasses whenever you want and not having to worry about breaking your glasses.
Pros and Cons of Contacts
Contacts have been around for awhile, and the technology behind them has grown a lot in the last few years. So much so that people with certain types of vision that were unable to wear contacts can now do so with no problems. For example, people with bifocal vision fall into that category. In the past, contacts used to be made of a harder material that, if not fitted properly, could pop out and fall to the ground. This problem is less common now that most contacts are soft lenses and much more flexible. Some contacts are even coming out that someone can wear continuously for a whole month. Just a few years ago this was unthinkable because of the damage it could do to your eyes. This is something to be aware of with contacts though. If the kind that you get is not intended for long term wear, then they should not be treated that way. Keeping your contacts in for too long can lead to eye infections and possibly severe damage. Another advantage to contacts is that you don’t have to worry about lying down with them on, or running, or any other activity that could jeopardize your safety like when you wear glasses.
Pros and Cons of Glasses
Glasses are a good option if you happen to have the type of vision that makes wearing contacts difficult. For example, astigmatic individuals have irregularly shaped eyes, making it difficult for contacts to fit comfortably at times. Glasses avoid this problem all together. Unfortunately, with eyeglasses it is hard to change between sunglasses or even 3D glasses at a theater.