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What’s Better – Contact Lenses or Eyeglasses?

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Our optician in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach reviews the pros and cons of both types of vision correction.

Asking whether glasses or contact lenses are better is similar to asking what flavor is best – apple or orange? Some people like glasses, others prefer contact lenses, and many others who need vision correction keep both types around and choose their eyewear depending on their daily plans.

Eyeglasses and contact lenses alike can help resolve vision conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The eyewear that’s right for you will support your vision prescription, daily activities, personal preferences, and comfort with taking minor risks. At our optical stores in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, California, we offer a wide range of eyeglasses and contact lenses. Our optician will discuss your personal needs to help you make the right decision. At Advanced Eyecare Center, we aim to give everyone sharp, healthy vision, with no agenda other than to provide you with the best eyewear for your eyes and lifestyle.

All you need to know about eyeglasses

Pros:

  • Glasses involve a one-time investment and no longstanding expenses. Maintenance of eyeglasses is minimal and usually means just rinsing them regularly with glass cleaner. Unless your vision changes, it’s not typically necessary to replace the lenses.
  • The risk of eye infection is lower with glasses. As opposed to contact lenses that rest on the eye surface, glasses sit in front of the eye and don’t make contact with your eyeball.
  • Glasses with UV protection block harmful UV sun rays more efficiently than contact lenses with built-in UV protection, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Some people prefer the way they appear in eyeglasses, claiming they project a more intelligent, serious look.
  • Glasses frames come in a wide variety of designs, giving you the chance to make a fashion statement, as well as accessorize your outfit with your eyewear.

Cons:

  • Glasses don’t always suit an active lifestyle. It can get irritating to be constantly pushing your glasses up your sweaty nose.
  • When playing sports, glasses don’t provide full peripheral vision, and you need to turn your head to see what’s on your sides clearly.
  • Glasses don’t always match your outfit or coordinate with the statement you want to make with your appearance.

All you need to know about contact lenses

Pros:

  • Contact lenses are ideal for an active lifestyle, offering convenience, comfort, superior vision clarity, and a wider peripheral view than glasses.
  • Even when engaging in vigorous activity, contact lenses don’t fall, bounce or slip down your nose. Also, they don’t get in the way of wearing safety gear, such as helmets.
  • If you prefer the look of your bare, natural face, contacts don’t change your appearance.
  • Always dream of a different color eyes? Colored contact lenses can transform your look.
  • Driving can be easier with contact lenses, especially for people who drive for a living and rely heavily on peripheral vision.
  • If you have severe astigmatism, some types of contact lenses can reshape your eye surface to provide crisper vision than eyeglasses.
  • Contacts don’t fog up when you move between different weather conditions or environments.

Cons:

  • Contacts must be maintained and disinfected properly or you risk eye infections. Disposable daily contact lenses can eliminate this disadvantage, as long as you are vigilant about discarding your contacts at the end of each day.
  • If you do not have disposable contact lenses, you’ll need to buy a case and cleansing solutions.
  • The lifespan of contact lenses is generally shorter than that of eyeglasses, so you’ll need to buy replacement pairs more frequently.
  • Dry eye sufferers may find that contact lenses irritate their condition.

Eye exams and your eyewear

No matter what you choose, eyeglasses or contact lenses, remember that you need to visit your eye doctor for regular follow-up eye exams! Contact our optical store to book an appointment.

If you wear eyeglasses and find that the fit has changed, please visit our optician in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, California, so we can assess the fit and make any necessary adjustments to your frames.

At Advanced Eyecare Center, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 310-620-1345 or book an appointment online to see one of our Manhattan Beach eye doctors.

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