Eyeglasses VS Contacts: Which Is Better

Are you a long time prescription eyeglass frame wearer? Are you thinking of switching over to contacts? There are definitely pros and cons on both sides, so let’s dive right in.

Pros and Cons of Prescription Eyeglasses


  • You can use the same eyeglasses to correct a number of vision problems.
  • In most cases you can safely fall asleep with a pair of eyeglasses on.
  • You can match your frames to your outfit.
  • You can easily take then off whenever you need to.
  • You don’t need to replace them as often as contact lenses.
  • They don’t sit directly on your eye.
  • They are available polarized. It’s like having a pair of glasses and sunglasses in one.
  • They’re also available in transition lenses, which turn into sunglasses when you go outside.


  • In most cases it’s inconvenient to wear glasses while playing any sporting activities like baseball, football, soccer, or hockey because they’ll fall of.
  • You can’t swim with them on.
  • If you drop them, they may get scratched.
  • Fog up when the temperature changes.
  • Glasses can be uncomfortable to wear in the rain.

Pros and Cons of Prescription Contact Lenses


  • Contact lenses can safely be worn during sporting activities.
  • Contact lenses can be used to change your eye color.
  • Contact lenses do not interfere with your peripheral vision.
  • They don’t fog up.
  • They sit on your eyes for more natural vision.
  • You don’t have to deal with frames slipping down your face.
  • You can wear sunglasses on top of them.
  • When you wear contacts, you don’t have to worry about matching your frames to your outfit.
  • Your eyes can plainly be seen.
  • Can be worn in the rain or snow with no problem.


  • Contact lenses can’t be worn to be bed and must be taken off before you go to sleep.
  • Contact lenses needed to washed on a daily basis.
  • Contact lenses are disposable and therefore need to be replaced on a monthly basis.
  • If not put on correctly, you can scratch your eyes with your contact lenses.

Which Is Better?

There’s no way to give a definitive answer to this question. This is going to depend on your lifestyle, your needs, your budget and the way you like to look.

What to Look for in an Optician When Getting New Eyewear

Now, whether you decide to get glasses or contact lenses is up to you. Either way, you’ll need to visit your local optician to fill your prescription. Here’s what to look for in an optician:

  • Experience counts – When looking for a local optician you should look for someone who has at least 10 years of experience. This experience gives them the knowledge to help you get the right eyeglasses for you. They’ll be able to provide you with helpful suggestions when you’re trying on glasses and will be able to answer all of your questions.
  • Large collection – Try to find an optician with a large collection of designer frames. This makes it easier for you, because you won’t have to go to a million different eyewear shops to find what you need.

This guest post was written by Bamella at:

The Eye Man Optical

2201 SE Indian St # I82, Stuart, FL 34997

(772) 221-0780