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How to decide between Contacts and Glasses

How to decide between Contacts and Glasses

When you go to your Austin TX Optometrist for an Eye Exam, the first question you have to answer is whether you are getting contacts or glasses. If you choose contacts, there is a special Contact Lens Exam that is a little more in-depth. Your doctor will need to measure your eyes and make sure they are healthy enough for contacts. But which is better for you?

Advantages of Contact Lenses

  • Contacts are placed right over your eye, fitting to its curvature. That means that you get that entire range of view, with fewer distortions and obstacles than with glasses.
  • You can play sports without worrying about your glasses.
  • Contacts don't fog up in bad weather.
  • You can get different colored contacts, some of which look natural and some which are just fun.
  • Some special kinds of contacts can actually reshape your cornea while you sleep, temporarily correcting your myopia so you don't have to wear corrective lenses the next day.
  • Glasses can exert physical pressure, leading to headaches.
  • Some people just don't like how they look in glasses, so they prefer contacts.

Disadvantages of Contact Lenses

  • Some people are very sensitive when it comes to touching their eyes, or just have trouble applying contact lenses.
  • Because they directly cover your eyes, contacts keep them from getting as much oxygen, which can cause them to become dry.
  • Contacts can exacerbate other conditions, like conjunctivitis or dry eye syndrome.
  • Contact lenses require a great deal of care unless they are disposable. There are special solutions for cleaning and hydrating your lenses, and anyone who wears contacts needs to have a solution and a lens case available when spending the night out.
  • If you fall asleep wearing contacts, your eyes might feel irritated on awakening.

We Can Help You Decide

If you still have questions, you can speak to an Austin TX Optometrist when you schedule your Eye Exam. If you choose contacts, there are special lenses you can wear for extended periods of time if your Contact Lens Exam indicates you are a candidate.


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