Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses - More Style, Same Utility
At one time, promotions on television advertised a new,
sexier you if you elected to lose the glasses and pop in a
pair of contact lenses. This image has always been
demonstrated in Superman comics, television programs and
He's a bit of a geek or too normal a guy, but when the
glasses come off - he's Superman. Fortunately, the image-
makers and shakers that relegated eyeglasses to the
awkward, the nerd gear of decades past has begun to embrace
glasses for the fashionable, functional necessity they have
The differences between glasses and contact lenses are more
related to personal issues of comfort than to image.
Arguments can be made in support of contacts over
For example, contact lenses are worn directly over the eye
allowing natural vision and no distortion as some eyeglass
wearers may experience because of the small gap between the
lens of the glasses and your eye.
There is always a constant awareness of the frames as well
as the reflections off the backside of the lens. While most
eyeglass wearers become so accustomed as to hardly notice
the discrepancy, it becomes more pronounced when switching
between contacts and glasses.
Glasses can fog up when the temperature changes and they
might be a distraction during physical activities,
especially sports where you don't want your glasses to be
broken. Contacts suffer neither of these. Eyeglasses can
be made with tinting lenses that allow them to turn into
functional sunglasses, but contact lens wearers can pick
any pair of sunglasses they want.
For the particularly fashion conscious, contact lenses
coordinate with everything in your wardrobe. But for all
their differences, both require cleaning and gentle care.
Both correct astigmatism (irregular cornea shape) and with
modern technology, both are very affordable. A new pair of
eyeglasses and a new pair of contacts is comparable in
price for the same prescription.
The decision between contacts or eyeglasses is no longer
one associated with social stigma or social image, but
rather of the image and look you want to project to the
world. It's all truly dependent in this day of modern
fashion on what makes you feel comfortable and look great.
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About the Author
Peter has worn contact lenses all his life. He's tested
different types, and explored all alternatives. In this
series of articles he shares his advice and experiences.