Contact Lenses vs Glasses

 

Is it better to wear glasses or contacts?


It’s an argument as heated as cats vs. dogs, Beatles vs. Stones and crunchy peanut butter vs. smooth peanut butter. Some wearers will opt for a combination of the two, whilst others have a solid preference for one and stick to it.

However, misconceptions about contact lenses, even today, can sometimes prevent people from giving them a try. The most important thing you should know is that contact lenses are very safe to wear, with any potential issues easily avoidable with proper care and close attention to hygiene.


Are contacts more expensive than glasses?


Eye glasses provide many benefits over contacts. They require less cleaning and maintenance and a pair of glasses are certainly cheaper in the long run. Popular myths suggest that you are less likely to get eye infections if you wear glasses, however if you look after your contact lenses, we can assure you that risk of infections will be minimal. Our guide on 'How to clean and store your two weekly and monthly contact lenses' will tell you how best to do this.


How much are contact lenses?


The price of contact lenses vary depending on a wide range of factors including what brand you opt for, whether you go for monthlies or dailies and the technology featured in the lens.
You can buy our Comfi Daily Disposable contact lenses (5 pack) for as little as £1.99 or you can spend as much as £87.49 on Proclear Tailor Made Toric lenses for Astigmatism. Whatever contacts you decide to opt for, we stock the best range of lenses at the lowest prices in the UK. To be sure of this, we also offer a Price Match Guarantee.


Is it better to wear glasses or contacts while on the computer?


Staring excessively at a computer screen reduces the amount of times we blink, this can cause dry, irritated eyes regardless of whether you wear glasses or contact lenses. Wearing glasses in front of a computer is beneficial when it’s fitted with a blue light filter, or if they are anti-glare glasses to help protect your eyes. Contact lenses are fine to wear in front of the computer provided they are highly breathable and hold a high water content to maintain hydration and moisture. In addition, a highly porous lens (made of silicone hydrogel) will help increase the supply of oxygen going into your eyes and keep them refreshed.


Are contact lenses safe?


The latest innovations in eye technology make contact lenses extremely safe and as long as you follow a thorough eye care routine, you should encounter no problems at all. Most lenses are now made of silicone hydrogel which has allows a higher level of oxygen to reach the cornea. As a result, many problems which became prominent in the 90s, including dry eye are no longer as big a concern.


Types of Lenses for Glasses


There are a variety of lenses for glasses to suit a range of needs and lifestyles. This includes single-vision lenses, bifocal lenses and varifocal lenses. However, they can distort peripheral vision as they sit about 12mm from your eyes.


If you’re pro-glasses and have never considered contact lenses, it might be worth reading these 6 reasons why you should break free from frames and consider giving lenses a go.
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1. They’re great for active people.


For keen athletes and active individual who enjoy playing sports, contact lenses offer the most efficient solution for eyewear. They don’t move around when your head or eyes move, meaning you won’t have to worry about them falling out and potentially breaking. Contact lenses rarely escape from the eye socket and on the incredibly rare occasion when they do (most commonly if a wearer rubs their eyes too hard), they’re very difficult to break. For those who live and active lifestyle, contact lenses are most certainly more ideal than glasses.


Less obstructive than glasses, contacts also won’t interfere with safety gear such as helmets, caps and googles.

 


Contacts sit comfortably on the curvature of the eye, giving you a wider field of view than glasses lenses, and excellent focus. Your lenses won’t be affected by more adverse weather conditions such as fog and rain, while they also won’t steam up in hotter conditions. Reflections and distortions that can arise with glasses will become a thing of the past, and you won’t have to worry about scratches to the lens that would otherwise have you forking out for a new pair of spectacles. Therefore if you'd like a clearer field of vision, we would recommend contact lenses.



3. You can get creative.


Whilst you can choose from a wide range of glasses to suit your face shape contact lenses will allow you to change you eye colour. They come in an array of shades that allow you to temporarily and safely change the colour of your eyes.
Whether you want a more natural and subtle change, or to stand out from the crowd, we offer a fantastic range of coloured contact lenses from Acuvue, Air Optix and FreshLook.



4. You don’t have to compromise on style


Glasses can certainly complement your look, but they can also get in the way, particularly if you wear eye makeup.
Many people who wear glasses have to opt for light reactive lenses to protect their eyes from UV rays. As well as being expensive, they don’t come in the versatile and fashionable range that sunglasses do.

 


Contact lenses can be supplied for even the most specific of prescriptions. You’ll find a wide range of lenses on the market available for vision correction. There are toric lenses for astigmatism, as well as multifocal contacts for those who require multiple prescriptions in one lens to correct blurry vision caused by presbyopia. Those with a refractive error no longer need to suffer.
Even sensitive eyes can enjoy maximum comfort with our comfi Pure 1 Day contact lenses, perfectly suited for those who often suffer from dry eyes.



6. Life is just easier


For starters, it’s easier to kiss, as contacts won’t get in the way of those sweet moments like some clunky spectacles could. You can also ride roller coasters without worrying they’ll fall off and you also won’t have to deal with lens glare next time you take a selfie. We think those are all excellent reasons to wear contacts instead of glasses.

 

What are the pros and cons of contact lenses and glasses

Advantages Disadvantages
Fit perfectly onto your eyes, reducing any vision obstructions Contact lenses can require care if they are monthly or two weekly lenses.
Offer better side eye vision More expensive than glasses
Suits any lifestyle and activity  
Aren't affected by weather  

5. Comfort
2. Clearer vision.