Corrective glasses or contact lenses: which is better?
Once you know that eyewear is essential for you, what type of eyewear should you choose? We will discuss together a few points on the main differences between these two types of visual correction, but also their advantages and disadvantages. Are you ready to learn more about the world of vision aids?
Glasses or contact lenses: a question of aesthetics
The main reason for choosing between corrective glasses and contact lenses is the aesthetic side. In fact, glasses are increasingly becoming an indispensable fashion accessory to accompany your outfit, to underline your style and your look. They can even be exchanged more often to suit your choice of clothing or your mood: classic or designer, square or round, oval or rectangular, colorful or simple, made of metal or plastic ... Contact lenses, on the other hand, are more discreet, almost invisible because they adhere to your cornea. Unless you prefer colored lenses. With contact lenses, your face is naturally revealed and your eyes become visible.
Glasses or contact lenses: a practical matter
If you've never worn glasses or contacts before, you are probably not sure which of the two solutions is more practical. Glasses are relatively easy to wear, to maintain and last very well. They easily adapt to all visions from near or far and of any age. They can be used as sunglasses in summer to provide even more comfort. Contact lenses have the great advantage that they never slip off your nose during exercise or that they never fog up with changes in temperature in winter. They are particularly well suited for certain professions where wearing a mask or face mask with glasses can be a disadvantage, e.g. for surgeons, photographers or welders. In addition, the lenses are attached directly to the cornea. Your field of view is fully corrected as you follow the movement of the eye.
But let's dig deeper into the pros and cons of glasses and contact lenses.
Choose glasses to correct your eyesight
The benefits of glasses
As mentioned above, glasses are a fashion accessory that adapts to your physiognomy and temperament. At Visionet we offer a selection of almost 5,000 corrective glasses and 6,000 sunglasses, which means that your dream glasses are definitely there. And if you are afraid of being bothered by the heaviness of the frame, some very light ones, are especially discreet. The convenience of glasses is that you can take them off at any time. Regardless of your vision problem (myopia, astigmatization, presbyopia, hyperopia ...) the glasses will correct it at any age. Glasses can be worn on a daily basis even if your eyes do not have enough tear fluid. If you've been working in front of the screen for long periods of time, this is still a good solution to avoid eye strain. You can even request special treatment for the glasses to avoid the ill effects of blue light. (Anti-blue light protection)
Another very practical aspect of glasses is protecting the eyes from dust, wind and sun when the glasses are tinted and even drying them out when you are in an air-conditioned room or on an airplane. On the maintenance side, the glasses do not require any special care other than that they won't break and a small microfiber cloth is used to clean the glasses. While you wear the mask, a solution applied to the lenses will reduce fogging in cold weather. Also, remember to request scratch treatment that will extend the life of your glasses. Many employers and private health insurance companies offer reimbursement of costs by submitting an invoice, which is not always the case with contact lenses.
The disadvantages of glasses
Despite all the advantages of glasses, we still note some disadvantages. If you are wearing glasses for the first time, the frame on the face and the temples can be bothersome for the first few days. Shaded areas can affect the peripheral vision. The image is sometimes slightly distorted and the field of view narrowed with the lenses away from the eye. In addition, the heaviness of the frame can also be poorly supported and cause minor discomfort such as redness on the nostrils or behind the ears. For certain sports or outdoor activities, glasses can be inconvenient and break if they slip off your nose. Add that fog and droplets can temporarily prevent you from seeing well when it rains or when it is cold (or when you open a hot oven), which can be annoying. Finally, it should be noted that the glasses get dirty very quickly. We recommend that you always have a cleaning cloth ready. However, they are very simple and easy to clean.
Choose contact lenses to correct your eyesight
The benefits of contact lenses
The main advantage of contacts is that they offer unparalleled visual comfort: wherever you look, you will always see the same correction quality. Your discretion can even make you forget you have a visual defect, and colored lenses can surprise you too! Flexible or rigid, with a long lifespan, monthly, fortnightly or daily, you are sure to find the type of lens that suits your visual defect, even if you do not secrete enough tears. Unlike glasses, they are unlikely to fog up or disturb in rainy weather. If you practice judo, handball or climbing, they are your best asset and you can even wear your favorite sunglasses (without correction) in summer. Depending on your health insurance provider, some will be partially reimbursed during the year. So do not hesitate to inquire beforehand.
The disadvantages of contact lenses
Lenses, like glasses, require special care and attention. If you haven't chosen to wear daily disposable lenses, you'll need to soak them in cleaning solution every night, with tear protein sticking to them. Gently massage them with the flesh of your finger, but watch out for the nails they scratch: you should then throw them away. We recommend that you do not wear your lenses all day and remember to remove them at night when you get home from work. You may feel unwell and have eye irritation. In the event of infections, allergies or other complaints, the lenses should be replaced by glasses. We therefore recommend that you always have spare glasses in your pocket.
Also, be aware that dust and lashes are the enemies of lenses! So if you enjoy doing handicrafts or lounging on a sandy beach, watch out for dust and grains of sand that can slip between the lens and the cornea. These can damage them. They are also not recommended for bathing or showering as they can ingest microbes in the water and cause irritation or even serious infections to the cornea. In addition, lenses mean no need to wear glasses in sunny weather to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun. Finally, note that if you are not wearing lenses every day, if you are not wearing lenses every day, you will need to let your lenses rest in an appropriate cleaning solution every night, which increases the cost of using them.
Glasses and contact lenses: why not both?
Finally, at Visionet we offer a large selection of glasses that adapt to your correction, but also to your age and physiognomy. Even if you choose to wear lenses, you should know that it is important to always have glasses with you. These are compulsory when driving: your presence in the glove box of the car is required according to the Road Code. At Visionet you can also benefit from a wide range of sunglasses. So, depending on your situation, it's up to you to decide when to wear glasses or contacts.