For those who wear glasses, you’ve likely toyed with the idea of switching to contacts. While it’s true that they can offer advantages, there are many pros and cons to be taken into consideration before making the leap.

The following discusses the important information regarding whether not making the change might be appropriate for your circumstances.

Switching From Glasses to Contacts: The pros and cons of contact lenses

  •     The pros of contact lenses
  •     The cons of contact lenses

The pros of contact lenses

The freedom of contact lenses is probably the first thing that springs to mind. Delving a little further, we can determine many other advantages of switching to contacts for vision correction:

  •     Less distortion: Whereas glasses tend to distort vision (some people suffer from this worse than others) this is less likely to happen with contact lenses. This is because they conform to the natural curve of your eye. They also provide better peripheral vision than that of glasses
  •     No more fogging: In general, the weather or environment won’t cause contacts to mist up.
  •     Great for active people: Playing sport using contacts is a far more effective solution than wearing glasses. As well as not having to worry that they’ll fall off, they don’t obstruct safety gear, such as helmets and goggles.
  •     They don’t restrict your style: It’s easier to put makeup on and. wear whatever you want without considering how glasses will impact your look. You can snap selfies without the worry of reflection or glare, and rest easy that your glasses might get in the way, fall off or break, whatever you’re getting up to. 
  •     Get creative: With contacts that change your eye color, or even choose those that feature special effects!

The cons of contact lenses

Of course, there’s never only advantages. The downside of switching to contacts include:

  •     They require more care and hygiene: It’s essential to clean and store them in the correct manner. Failure to do so can cause (sometimes serious) eye infections.
  •     They’re more expensive than glasses: By how much depends on your prescription.
  •     Contacts can be problematic to apply: This is generally when you first start using them. Once you learn the correct technique, and after plenty of practice, it tends to become easier.
  •     There’s a risk of irritation: This is likely to happen if you tend to fall asleep before taking them out (unless they’re of the extended wear type). Excessive computer use might increase the risk of computer vision syndrome.

Switching From Glasses to Contacts: The pros and cons of glasses

  •     The pros of glasses
  •     The cons of glasses

The pros of glasses

Wearing glasses also has many advantages to consider. The major ones are as follows:

  •     You put them on—and you’re good to go: This is the biggest advantage of wearing glasses.
  •     Less expensive: In most cases, glasses will be a cheaper option than contact lenses
  •     Less risk of infection: Because there’s a reduced need to touch your eyes there’s a lower chance of introducing infection or irritants.
  •     Environmental protection: Glasses act as a barrier against wind, UV rays (prescription sunglasses), debris, and dust.
  •     They can complement your style: Thanks to the vast range of styles and colors to choose from

The cons of glasses

You’re probably aware of many of the disadvantages of wearing glasses, such as:

  •     Distorted vision: Because they sit away from your eyes they can distort peripheral vision. When you first start wearing glasses it’s common to experience blurring and focusing issues until you get used to them.
  •     The look of glasses: Some people don’t like the look of themselves when wearing frames.
  •     The effect of the elements: Such as fogging or drips when it’s raining.
  •     They can be uncomfortable: Perhaps where they rest on your nose or your ears.

Which is Best for You?

  •     Contacts, glasses, or both?

Contacts, glasses, or both?

It might not necessarily be a choice of one or the other. Many people combine the use of both, which is often the ultimate option. Dramatic advances in contact lens technology mean they’re now a truly realistic option for a far wider range of people than in the past. 

The best method of determining which is right for you is in partnership with your trusted ophthalmologist.

Get the Best Advice on Switching from Glasses to Contacts at the West Boca Eye Center

Making the switch should be done under the very best advice, and nowhere is this more comprehensive than at the world-leading eye clinic, the West Boca Eye Center. Led by globally-renowned surgeon, Dr. Brent Bellotte, their experienced clinicians will fully discuss the pros and cons regarding your situation.

Find out more at and get in contact to book your initial appointment now.