2 Major Differences Between Glasses And Contacts

Posted on: 10 June 2015

For those of with vision problems, science has brought us eye glasses and contact lenses. But which one would benefit you more? Understanding the differences between glasses and contacts seems easy on the outside, but there are many hidden differences that may only become apparent to you later. To make sure that you are getting the best option for you, here are two of the key differences between the two.

Glasses change the shape and look of your face

Glasses do obscure part of your face, which changes what people see of you every day. While some people really suit glasses, others may look odd with them on. This can often be rectified by changing the style of glasses that you have, from thick framed to thin, or from square to round.

Contact lenses on the other hand, don't change your face at all. Because it is something you stick into your eye as opposed to something that falls in front of it, it isn't nearly as visible. If you choose, contacts will give you the option of changing your eye colour and even your pupil shape depending on the type of lens that you choose.

Contacts have more health risks

Wearing glasses poses very few health risks to your eyes, as they do not actually come into contact with them. However, you should consult your optometrist about exactly when and how much you should be wearing your glasses, as wearing them too often or not when you should wear them can damage your eyesight even further.

Wearing contacts on the other hand, can be damaging to your eyes. If you do not clean your contact lenses properly and fully, you run the risk of causing infections on your eye from the bacteria that may accumulate. There is also a potential to develop fungus on your eye if you don't change your contacts as much as you should. Finally, if you are not careful in removing your contacts, you can cause micro-tears on your eyes that can become sore and inflamed, making it uncomfortable to use your eyes.

There you have it, two of the main differences between eyeglasses and contact lenses. Hopefully these two differences give you a better understanding of which way you want to go. As always, consult your local optometrist (like those at Optique Boutique) about what would be right for you before making and hard and fast decisions about what you want for your specific vision needs.


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