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Contacts Vs. Glasses: Which Is Best?

When it comes to glasses and contacts, it sometimes feels like there’s a dividing line between the two. Fortunately, the choice doesn't need to be so black or white. Glasses and contacts each have their pros and cons. Let’s put aside the battle of contacts vs. glasses and instead focus on how both of these unique solutions can work for you.

What are the advantages of glasses?

While glasses and contacts serve the same purpose, they do have their differences. Eyeglasses provide some enticing benefits that shouldn’t be ignored.

1. Convenience

One of the biggest advantages of glasses is their convenience. All you need to do is put them on, and your vision problems are solved. Contacts require a bit more effort to wear, and some people just aren’t comfortable touching their eyes directly.

Glasses can also be worn anytime, anywhere.

Conversely, contact lenses need to be routinely removed to avoid irritation. They can also cause eye infections if they aren’t cleaned or stored properly.

2. Fashion

Glasses are the ultimate fashion accessory, able to be coordinated with different situations, seasons, and styles.

When you bring prescription sunglasses into the mix, things get even more fun. Some people choose to wear contacts with a regular pair of glasses, and that’s fine, but prescription sunglasses give you the power to see clearly and protect your eyes all in one go.

3. Maintenance & Upkeep

Unlike contacts, which either need to be thrown away or sterilized, glasses require minimal care and upkeep. Most of the time, a microfiber cloth is all you need to keep your lenses clear.

Glasses only need to be replaced every few years, whereas contact lenses require regular reordering. This is especially true if you decide to go with daily-use contacts.

What are the advantages of contact lenses?

Contact lenses also offer benefits not found with eyeglasses. Here are some of the ways contact lenses can help you.

1. Less Intrusive

Contacts are worn directly on the eye. Once you get used to them, you can barely feel them. However, there is still an adjustment period, so it may take a bit of time to feel comfortable wearing them. Fortunately, this adjustment period is typically short.

Seeing clearly without having anything on your face is a big advantage for contacts.

Pro Tip: Lightweight materials, including TR90 frames, are perfect for those who want the advantages of eyeglasses with a less intrusive, more comfortable fit.

2. Coverage

Contact lenses allow you to have a full clear field of vision at all times. Since they are worn directly on your eyes, you’ve got constant clarity, no matter where you look.

Pro Tip: If you want greater lens coverage with eyeglasses, give aviators and oversized glasses a try.

3. No Glare, No Reflections

While lens coatings for glasses allow you to reduce or even eliminate glares and reflections, contacts provide this benefit on their own. They also never get fogged up from your breath or from temperature changes.

Pro Tip: Check out polarized sunglasses and mirrored sunglasses if you prefer glasses and want to combat glare. Both are available with prescription and non-prescription lens options.

Should I choose glasses or contacts?

You probably saw this coming, but the best option is to choose both! Having either of the two available on any given day gives you more options and variety, which is never a bad thing.

Some days you may want to accessorize. Other days, you might want the unobtrusiveness that contact lenses provide. You can even switch back and forth depending on what you’re doing as the day goes on.

We also know that some people aren’t fans of touching their eyes. You may also be put off by the amount of maintenance required for contacts. There are also certain conditions that make wearing contacts impossible.

Others may be free to choose and want clear vision without wearing anything on their face. Base your choice on what works for you.

When you choose glasses, choose Yesglasses.

Whether you prefer glasses-only or a glasses/contacts combo, Yesglasses can help find the perfect eyewear for you. We have a huge selection of frame materials and styles, plus with tools and options that make finding the right glasses easy.

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Want tips for finding the perfect eyewear every time? Check out our guide to finding the best prescription glasses.

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