Are contact lenses better than glasses?
There are many advantages and disadvantages of wearing contact lenses to glasses.
|No additional weight||Can be heavy due to the weight of the lenses and frame|
|Fitting is stable as they sit on the eye||Fitting of glasses can change, frames can be loose, lenses can scratch|
|Irritation can occur after long periods of wear||Can cause irritation to the facial area, especially if not kept clean, or you suffer from sensitive skin|
|Environmental factors can cause irritation||No irritation to the eye surface or surrounding area (eye lids)|
|Allergies such as hay fever can cause discomfort||Skin allergies can be aggravated|
|Higher prescriptions can feel more comfortable with wearing contact lenses||Prescription lenses can spoil the look of a frame|
|Can wear while playing sports||May get in the way when playing sport, and may cause injury if damaged|
|Discrete, can’t tell you’re wearing them||Can become dated and may not suit all occasions|
|Designer and fashion sunglasses available to complement contact lenses||Designer or fashion sunglasses may be unavailable|
|No thick or heavy lenses to spoil the look of frames||Need to be replaced every 1-2 years|
|Lower cost on a more regular basis||One-off, larger payment|
|Replacements due to loss or damage are less expensive than glasses||Can be expensive to repair or replace if broken|
|Fashion sunglasses can be purchased at a lower cost than prescription sunglasses||Prescription sunglasses can be expensive in the summer|
|Need to buy glasses when wearing contact lenses to use as back up||No need to also buy contact lenses|