Do you feel like your eyesight is less than it used to be? Has it been a while since your last eye exam? If you've never actually had to wear glasses or contacts before, you may be trying to decide which one to choose. While contact lenses can seem like the more attractive option for some people at first, glasses have a number of advantages over contact lenses. Some of these advantages may be ones that you already knew about while others might be ones that you hadn't considered, but a few of the top reasons for choosing glasses include:
Cost: When a pair of glasses costs a hundred dollars or so and a box of contact lenses costs a fraction of that, it's all too easy to say that the contact lenses are the more affordable option. However, you'll need to consider that the contact lenses will need to be replaced on a monthly basis while the glasses typically only need to be replaced every few years. If, instead of buying lenses every month, you put that money aside, you could easily buy a new pair of glasses on a semi-regular basis.
Fashion: It used to be that prescription glasses were looked at solely as a utilitarian item. If you needed glasses, there may have been one or two types available but other than that, there wasn't much choice. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. There are hundreds of different combinations of frames, colors, and lens shapes. Instead of wearing the same pair of glasses all the time, you can get two or three pairs in order to mix and match with your outfit or activity. If you're going to be outside, you can choose glasses with a tint to protect your eyes. Or if you're going to be mainly inside, you may choose a more minimalistic-looking pair of untinted lenses to accentuate your look.
Ease-of-use: With contact lenses, there can be a lot of care involved. For weekly or monthly lenses, you have to make sure that the lenses are properly cleaned every night in order to prevent them from irritating your eyes or causing infections. Even if you have daily lenses that don't need the cleaning, you have to make sure to clean your hands thoroughly each time you insert them so as to prevent serious eye infections. But with prescription glasses, there is none of that. You don't have to worry about whether your eye health will be impacted because you haven't washed your hands in the past 5 minutes. You simply put on the glasses and go.