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Do Optometrists Recommend Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses?

Author: Shirley Balerio
by Shirley Balerio
Posted: Dec 08, 2019
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Loss of sharpness in one’s vision is one of the most common issues we experience in our eyes. This is caused by refractive errors in our eyes wherein the eye cannot form a precise image of what we see. Problems include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism – all of which cause blurry vision and can impair our daily life if left unattended. While there is no cure yet for these disorders, the field of optics has developed tools to aid our eyes – eyeglasses and contact lenses. Between the two, however, what are their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to correcting vision, as told by a Pembroke Pines Optometrist?

First, we have the standard eyeglasses which are a wearable tool placed in front of the eyes. It comprises a pair of lenses of varying grades held together by a frame made of plastic or metal. The grade of the lens is determined by an Eye Doctor based on a patient’s results in his Eye Exam. As compared to contact lenses, eyeglasses are much easier to use. Wearing eyeglasses takes less effort to do compared to a contact lens which must be done in front of a mirror to avoid making mistakes. It is also much easier to clean since you only need a clean cloth to wipe the lenses if they get dirty. They are also much cheaper compared to contacts.

Being a wearable tool, it also has disadvantages. Since the lenses are glass, they are prone to attract moisture and precipitation especially in winter and summer seasons which can deter vision. The lenses are also more fragile, having a high chance of breaking when it is dropped on solid ground. In terms of aesthetics, people are divided when it comes to wearing glasses. Frames come in different shapes, making it difficult for some to find the shape that best fits their face.

On the other hand, contact lenses or simply contacts are thin lenses placed on the eye surface. They work similarly to eyeglasses in correcting refractive errors to help the user gain a clearer vision. Since they are placed directly on the eye surface, they conform to the eye’s curvature. This provides a wider field of view for the user and prevents distortions. Contacts are also less prone to obstructions due to moisture. They are also less prone to be detached and can be used while performing sports activities. Due to their small size, they can be worn without even being noticeable.

Being a tool placed directly on the eye surface, it is much more complicated to apply compared to eyeglasses. Steps are needed to ensure correct placement. Contacts also need to be regularly cleaned to prevent your eyes from being infected. Users must also bear in mind to remove them before they go to sleep – an action that a lot of people tend to forget. Lastly, contacts can also reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches your eyes from the surface. This is bad for those afflicted with dry eyes syndrome since it can worsen the condition.

When choosing between eyeglasses and contacts as your choice for prescriptive eyewear, take a step back to consider the pros and cons that each provides.

About the Author

Teacher-turned online blogger, Shirley is a full-time backyard homesteader based in Virginia. When she doesn't have her face buried in a book or striding in her garden, she's busy blogging about simple life hacks of the daily life.

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