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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Between Glasses & Contact Lenses April 10, 2017

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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Between Glasses & Contact Lenses, Brooklyn, New York

If you rely on your glasses for everyday use, you may be debating getting contact lenses. Contact lenses provide many of the same benefits of glasses, but also offer increased peripheral vision and freedom of motion. However, contact lenses are not for everybody. Read on for some considerations regarding contact lenses and glasses to help you make the decision that is right for you and your needs. 

5 Factors to Help You Choose Between Glasses & Contact Lenses

1. Activity Level

One of the primary reasons people choose to wear contact lenses is to help them keep up with an active lifestyle. If you frequently participate in activities such as rock climbing, combat sports, running, or other forms of intensive exercise, you may find that contacts are far more comfortable and manageable than wearing glasses.

2. Occupation

While contact lenses are preferable for those who lead active lifestyles, there are certain occupations where it is more beneficial to wear eyeglasses. For instance, if your job requires sitting in front of a computer for most of the day, wearing eyeglasses can cause less strain than contact lenses.

3. Squeamishness

One logistical consideration between glasses and contacts is how comfortable you are with putting your finger in your eye. You will need to touch your eye to put your contacts in and take them out. You can grow accustomed to doing this with time. However, if the idea of doing so makes you squeamish or uncomfortable, contacts may not be right for you.

4. Lifestyle

Contact lenses require a lot more upkeep and care than regular glasses. Most forms of contact lenses have to be taken out, cleaned, and stored properly before you go to sleep. You also have to ensure that your contacts stay moisturized or they will become very uncomfortable to wear. If your lifestyle will keep you from being able to care for your contacts properly, you should opt for glasses instead.

5. Aesthetic Preference

Do you like the way glasses look? Are you more comfortable with your appearance without glasses? Before you visit your eye doctor, take a photograph of yourself with and without glasses to see which you prefer.


If you need to visit an eye doctor for contact lenses or other services, including eye exams, turn to the optometrists at Clear Vision Center in Brooklyn, NY. Give them a call at (718) 771-0078 to schedule an appointment. For more information, or to read client reviews, visit them on Facebook

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