Contact Lenses vs Traditional Eyeglasses

Choosing Your Eyewear Type

Anyone getting prescription eyewear eventually faces the choice between traditional eyeglasses and contact lenses. You can get both, of course, but most who do this end up favoring one over the other. Which one you choose really is a matter of personal preference. Eyes in the Village Optometry offers both glasses and contacts in the Winnipeg region and can help you choose.


The Main Differences between Eyeglasses and Contacts

Glasses sit on the bridge of your nose, and contacts rest on your eyeballs. But there's a lot more to these types of eyewear than just where they sit. Eyeglasses can be a fashion statement while contacts are mainly invisible, unless you get some that have unusual colors or patterns. Both can be single-prescription or multifocal. Traditional eyeglasses are very easy to put on and take off when you're not near a sink and haven't been able to wash your hands. Contact, however, have to be put in and taken out with clean hands.

Traditional eyeglasses can fit most people, no matter what eye conditions they have. Contacts, however, have to be specialized if the wearer has certain eye conditions. You can't get run-of-the-mill contacts if you have keratoconus, for example.

Contacts come in both disposable and reusable forms, which means you either have to keep picking up batches of new contacts, or you have to clean the contacts carefully.

Finally, a big difference between the two is in the adjustment period. When you get new eyeglasses and new lenses, you have to adjust to having the glasses on your face and having this new ability to perceive things in front of you. With contacts, you have to get used to putting something on your eyeball without blinking all the time.

Discuss Your Choices with Our Optometrist

Call Eyes in the Village Optometry in Winnipeg at (204) 477-1636 and make an appointment to speak with our optometrist. We can go over your options and fill you in on the details of either choice.

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