Contact Lenses Vs Eyeglasses: What You Should Know

Not sure if eyeglasses or contact lenses are right for you? The optometrists at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL can help you consider all the pros and cons.

Do you need to wear eyeglasses?

Whether you're nearsighted, farsighted, have astigmatism or blur at near, eyeglasses offer an effective way to improve your vision for a clearer and more comfortable visual experience.

Advantages of wearing glasses include:

  • Easy Care: Simply wash the lenses in water or with our glasses spray and dry them with a soft, clean microfiber cloth.
  • Many Choices: With so many frame choices available, it's easy to change your look by putting on a new pair of glasses.
  • Multiple Vision Correction: Bifocals, trifocals, and progressive lenses make it easy to see both near, far, and mid-distance objects.

Of course, wearing glasses does have a few disadvantages, such as:

  • Smears and Smudges: Eyeglass lenses pick up dust and can be smudged easily.
  • Appearance: Some people don't like the way they look in eyeglasses.
  • Fogging: It can be difficult to see when your eyeglasses fog up on cold days, especially now while wearing masks.

So, are contact lenses a better choice?

The benefits of wearing contact lenses include:

  • Clearer Vision: Because contact lenses are placed directly against your eye, they may offer clearer vision than eyeglasses. You may notice that your peripheral vision is also better when you wear your contact lenses.
  • No Worries About Damage: Glasses can fall off your face and break when you're active but not contact lenses.
  • A Variety of Choices: Contact lenses provided by your optometrist in Elmhurst, IL, correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, presbyopia, and astigmatism. Choose soft contacts that are either 1-day single-use or 30-day extended wear. Rigid gas permeable contact lenses are a little harder than soft contact lenses but may offer a clearer vision for certain cornea conditions.

Drawbacks of wearing contact lenses include:

  • Risk of Infection: Painful eye infections can occur if you don't follow your eye doctor's cleaning and handling instructions. Fortunately, infections are easy to avoid by washing your hands, using fresh solutions, and replacing contact lens cases at least every three months.
  • Dry Eyes: Contact lenses may irritate your eyes and make them feel dry. If dry eyes are a problem for you, your doctor can recommend lens types that improve oxygen flow to your eye and increase moisture.

Do you need new eyeglasses or contact lenses? Call your eye doctors at Skowron Eye Care in Elmhurst, IL at (630) 984-6850 to make an appointment.

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