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How to Decide Between Contact Lenses or Eyeglasses

Attractive young African woman selecting glasses with the help of an optometrist in a store trying on different frames

Prescription contact lenses and eyeglasses are available, correcting vision problems you may have. But, which is better? There are pros and cons to both! It truly depends on your lifestyle and what is most important to you. Allow us to highlight the benefits of each:

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses have come a long way since their invention in 1888 by Swiss physician Adolf E. Fick and Paris optician Edouard Kalt. Back then, the contact lenses were heavy and covered the entire eye! Today, contact lenses are lightweight, more permeable by oxygen, and high in water content, that vision greatly benefits from this invention. Discover the benefits of wearing contact lenses:

Contact lenses provide unobstructed vision. They conform to your eye’s curvature, which eliminates any obstruction to your vision. Once on, they won’t shift or fall out unless an outside force affects them.

Contact lenses are great for athletes! You need to see clearly while playing sports or exercising, but you also don’t want your eyeglasses to break. Contact lenses helps you have great vision while playing sports, and you don’t need to worry about them getting hit and breaking.

Contact lenses are weather-friendly. Glass is a material that is affected by the weather! Eyeglass-wearers have probably dealt with the frustration of foggy glasses during the winter months or sweat on their nose and behind their ears during the summer months. Contact lenses are typically not affected by the weather.

Although contact lenses have many benefits, it’s important to be mindful of proper care to protect your eyes and lenses:

  • Don’t fall asleep while wearing daily contacts, as it can cause irritating eye symptoms.
  • Contact lens-wearers may be more at risk for dry eye syndrome due to the lack of oxygen reaching the eyes.
  • Not following the contact lenses’ care instructions may increase the chance of eye infections and irritations.


Eyeglasses were available hundreds of years before contact lenses, but they were more primitive than they are today. Fortunately, there are a great selection and options for those who want to improve their vision. Discover several benefits or eyeglasses:

Eyeglass-wearers do not need to touch their eyes as often as contact lens-wearers. Once you slip them on over your ears, they are there to stay! This reduces the risk of eye infections and irritations.

Eyeglasses can provide great vision for those with sensitive or dry eyes. If your eyes are already sensitive or dry, adding contact lenses to them may irritate them more. Eyeglasses can help you see clearly while being mindful of your current eye conditions.

Eyeglasses normally don’t have to be replaced as often as contact lenses. This is especially helpful for people with tight budgets or don’t want to go through the hassle of ordering new contact lenses.

Eyeglasses are not without setbacks, but you have to decide if the benefits outweigh the disadvantages such as:

  • Eyeglasses may cause your peripheral vision to be distorted or cause obstruction in your vision.
  • The weather may affect your eyeglasses (the glass may fog up in cold weather, for example).
  • Eyeglasses may cause discomfort due to the weight on your nose and behind the ears.

The First Look Optical Shop team can help you determine which option is better for you! Visit us today: 4050 Riverside Drive in Macon