Contact Lens vs Traditional Glasses

Pros and Cons of Contact Lenses and Traditional Eyeglasses with Your Clinton, CT, Optometrist

Both traditional eyeglasses and contact lenses can help you see more clearly, but they each have their own advantages and disadvantages. In this guide, our optometry team at Clinton Eye Associates shares some of the most important characteristics of each to help you make the right choice for you.

Traditional Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses can be more convenient in the sense that you just need to slide them on and go. There are no special cleaning requirements. And as they are typically only replaced when you need a new prescription or when you just want a new style, they can be more affordable than contacts.

There are downsides, however, to eyeglasses. For many people, eyeglasses affect their self-esteem. Additionally, they can fog up in certain weather conditions and can get in the way of sports and other activities.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are often a better choice for those who do not want to wear frames on their faces and those who live an active lifestyle as they do not break as easily. They also follow the curvature of your eye, which gives you a much wider field of vision. And you can choose colored contacts to change your eye color.

Unfortunately, contact lenses can also come with disadvantages. There are specific cleaning requirements and an entire process to put them in. Some people deal with dry eyes when wearing contacts, as well as some infections if they’re not cleaned properly or taken out at night. They also need to be replaced regularly.

Which Should I Choose?

If you like the advantages of both and aren’t sure which to choose, there is good news. You don’t have to choose between the two. You can have both contacts and eyeglasses to use for specific tasks. For example, you can wear your contacts while playing sports and your eyeglasses for work.

Visit Your Clinton, CT, Optometrist

Whether you’re leaning toward eyeglasses, contacts, or both, our optometry team at Clinton Eye Associates is here to help. Call (860) 669-2020 to schedule an appointment, and we’ll help you make the right decision for your needs.

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