With nearsightedness alone affecting 42% of Americans between ages 12 and 54, plenty of people across the country find themselves asking which is best for their eye care: contacts or glasses? While some people will firmly argue for one or the other, both have their advantages and disadvantages. If you're wondering if you should make the switch from one to the other, here are some pros and cons of both to help you decide.
- Glasses can be a great way to accessorize and express yourself while maintaining good eye care habits. Even if you don't need prescription lenses, sunglasses can help you care for your vision and add to your look.
- Glasses can be taken on and off throughout the day more easily, so if you only need eye wear for certain activities, you can adjust more often with less hassle.
- Glasses can break, and when they do, they'll take some time to replace, along with a possible visit to your optician for glasses repair. Not all glasses are built for heavy-duty purposes, so you'll need to be careful with them.
- Glasses can smudge and may need cleaning throughout the day to help with your vision.
- Contacts are nearly invisible when worn, so if you're not a fan of how you look in glasses, contacts might be a good option for you.
- Contacts can be worn during a variety of activities without worrying about them breaking or falling off your face like glasses, making them good for active lifestyles.
- Not everyone can put in or wear contacts, as some people find them uncomfortable to wear. This means that even if you like the look of contacts, you might be more comfortable wearing glasses.
- Contacts can be a hassle to put in and take out, so if you don't need constant vision correction, contacts might not necessarily be worth it.