Contacts Versus Glasses: Which Are Right for You?

When you need corrective lenses to bring the world into focus, you’ve long been able to choose between eyeglasses and contact lenses. Though both adjust the focus of light on your retinas in a similar way, each has its own advantages and drawbacks. Between them, there’s no “best” solution. There’s only the choice that’s right for you, and it depends on a range of factors and how each fits your lifestyle. 

If you’re new to the world of corrective lenses, partnering with the optometric physicians at Accent Vision Specialists in Santa Fe, New Mexico, can help you make an informed choice with an easy transition. There’s plenty to consider, so here are some basics to get you started with the contacts versus glasses discussion. 

A common decision

About 75% of all Americans use some form of vision correction, though this isn’t spread evenly across age groups. The older you are, the more likely it is that you need corrective lenses. About 71% of those using vision correction choose glasses, while 22% pick contacts. You’re not alone with your vision care choices. Many of your friends, family, and co-workers have also faced the same decision. 

However, everyone has their own personal balance of factors influencing their choice. You’ll weigh things like your level of activity, appearance, convenience, and maintenance demands. Because of advances in technology, contact lenses can address many of the same vision correction needs that eyeglasses can, a change from a generation ago when options were more limited. 

The pros and cons of glasses

Though contacts can often correct the same vision issues, glasses remain the more popular choice. 

The pros

The cons

You’ll also need a backup pair of glasses in case of damage or loss. 

The pros and cons of contacts

Since contacts sit directly on the surface of the eye, there are a number of features that glasses can’t offer. 

The pros

The cons

Contact wearers often have a current pair of eyeglasses for times when eye irritation prevents using contacts. 

The right answer for you may be contacts, glasses, or a combination of both. Call Accent Vision Specialists at 505-984-8989 to arrange an eye exam and to discuss your best option for vision correction. Book now to live your best life with clear sight.

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