Approximately 3 out of 4 adults in the U.S. use a form of vision correction, according to the Vision Council of America.
The majority of these people wear eyeglasses, but the number of contact lens wearers is growing as more people decide to switch from glasses to contacts.
Contact lenses afford users with numerous benefits, but there are some noteworthy drawbacks too.
If you’re thinking about switching from glasses to contacts but aren’t sure what to do, the team at Aucello EyeCare Center presents both sides of the argument below.
Reasons to Switch to Contact Lenses
Contacts give you a wider field of clearer vision.
Contact lenses move with your eyes, so you can see just as clearly using your peripheral vision. Plus, contact lenses aren’t hindered by distortions or reflections of light the way that glasses are.
Contacts aren’t affected by the weather.
If you’ve ever worn glasses in cold temperatures, you’re familiar with the way they fog up and impair your vision. Contact lenses don’t do this, nor do they accumulate water spots when it’s raining the way that glasses do.
Contacts don’t get in the way of physical activities.
Wearing contacts lets you partake in activities like running, dancing and many types of sports with greater ease and flexibility. Contact lenses don’t bounce or slip off your nose and they don’t get in the way of protective headgear.
The Downsides of Switching to Contact Lenses
Contacts require care and maintenance.
Caring for contact lenses involves more work than caring for a pair of eyeglasses. You need to clean and disinfect contact lenses and make sure they are stored properly. Wearing a pair of dirty or damaged contacts can irritate your eyes or lead to an infection.
Contacts involve more risks and potential complications.
If you practice proper maintenance and safety with your lenses (e.g., not wearing them while sleeping or swimming), your risk for complications is low. Nevertheless, many people do not take good care of their lenses, and this can result in serious eye infections, like keratitis, or vision loss.
If you still aren’t sure what to do, call or email the team at Aucello EyeCare Center. You can speak with an experienced eyecare professional who will help you make the best decision for you.