7 Reasons To Switch From Glasses To Contacts

Many people choose to switch from glasses for aesthetic reasons, but there are actually quite a few practical benefits to making the switch. With about 45 million Americans currently wearing contact lenses, maybe it’s time that you made the switch too. 

Contact Lenses are Corrective 

Contact lenses can provide much the same correction as glasses. If you suffer from any of a number of refractive errors, then the right pair of contact lenses with a prescription written by your ophthalmologist can work wonders. 

Since contact lenses can work to ameliorate a host of refractive errors – e.g., near- and far-sightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism – they’re suitable for a wide range of people out there who might be considering going from glasses to contacts. 

Beyond refractive errors, contact lenses might be recommended by your eye doctor for helping with eye diseases like keratoconus and other damage that could have occurred to your cornea as a result of injury or infection. 

More Comprehensive Correction than Glasses 

Contact lenses go wherever your eyes go, which gives them more comprehensive vision correction than glasses. Eyeglasses are easier to take on and off, sure, but they can leave your peripheral vision uncorrected when you look sideways since your eyeglass lenses can only provide correction when you’re looking forward. 

The ability of contact lenses to provide more comprehensive vision correction might be the reason that so many athletes use them. You’ll notice that most golfers who need vision correction go with contacts over glasses because there’s a lot of looking sideways down at the ball in that sport that contacts work better for.

Contacts Don’t Distort or Reflect 

Another part of contact lenses providing more comprehensive vision correction is that they provide you with a wider field of vision as well as avoid any distortion or reflections of light. 

These days you can get eyeglass that are designed to block blue light from computers and the sun and even reduce glare and reflections from those sources. Contact lenses, however, are still the gold standard for their ability to provide vision correction without distortion the image or reflecting glare – there’s no glass lens to reflect glare with contacts! 

Contact lenses don’t need an interpupillary distance (i.e., the measure of the distance between your two eyes) in the same way that eyeglasses do. Getting the interpupillary distance right with eyeglasses is critical because it reduces vision distortion from near and afar. Contacts, though, conform to the curvature of your eyeball, though, so there shouldn’t be any distortion at all. 

Contacts are Ideal for Active Lifestyles 

Contacts are the go-to choice for those living an active lifestyle because contact lenses won’t slosh around when you jump or run around. Additionally, you’ll appreciate the fact that contact lenses will allow you to wear protective headgear in sports like lacrosse. No more making compromises. With contacts, you’ll have a wider range of movement without all the pinching around your nose and tightness around your ears that regular eyeglasses can bring. 

Contact Might Improve Self Esteem 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that contact lenses improved the self esteem among teenagers who ditched their glasses in favor of contacts. Teens reported feeling much better about their general appearance when they were wearing contacts versus wearing eyeglasses. 

That said, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach since other teens and adults love the way that glasses can complement a particular look that they’re going for that particular day. Moreover, you might like wearing contacts one day when you know you’re going to be outside and active and eyeglasses another day when you know you’ll be doing more reading indoors. 

Some Contacts are Truly Corrective 

Certain contact lenses are designed reshape your cornea while you sleep so that, with certain eye conditions like orthokeratology, you could get away with not wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses the day after going to sleep in these special contact lenses. That takes vision correction to the next level. 

No More Fogging Up 

Contact lenses won’t fog up like eyeglasses have a tendency to. With contact lenses, you should expect far less weather-related issues from fog, glare, and various kinds of distortion. Contacts might even improve your self esteem.

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