Glasses Versus Contacts. Which One is Right For You?

If the time has come for you to correct your vision, you have some important choices to make.  Should you choose contact lenses or conventional glasses? Both are effective at correcting vision problems, so your choice really comes down to what’s best for your eyes and what’s best for your lifestyle. Our team at University Ophthalmology, led by Veena Arun, MD, and Arun Pawar, MD, are here to help you understand your choices.

Glasses and contacts both work effectively for men and women who suffer from basic vision problems, such as:

These vision issues are the result of a refractive error that causes incoming light to remain unfocused. While glasses and contacts can correct this error, each option has advantages and disadvantages.


There are several reasons why men and women prefer eyeglasses over contacts. Glasses require minimal work to use and little maintenance. They’re easy to clean, and you don’t have to touch your eyes, which can lower your risk for developing an eye infection. 

Furthermore, glasses last longer than contacts, and they don’t need replacing as often, which makes them a more affordable choice. Also, glasses can provide a fashion statement, so you can show off your personality.

Contact lenses

Contacts require more work than glasses, but they have their own benefits. Contacts sit directly on your eyes, which allows you to see without having to use frames.

Contact lenses are especially useful for men and women who like to exercise or play sports. Since contacts sit securely on your eyes, there’s no danger of them falling off.

You have many options when it comes to contact lenses: 

Daily contacts

With these lenses, you wear them during the day and take them out at night. 

Disposable contacts

With these lenses, you discard them at the end of each day. 

Extended-wear contacts

With these lenses, you keep them on your eyes around the clock and clean them weekly.

Specialty contacts

Contact lenses aren’t just for vision issues. Have you ever wondered what you would look like with a different eye color? Speciality contacts can give you the color you want. You will still need an eye exam and a fitting, but specialty lenses can change your look, and they come in prescription strength, too.

Which is best for you?

Deciding whether to go with contacts or glasses will depend on your eyes and lifestyle. While contacts require a bit of work to use and care for, they can give you more freedom if you’re active. And while glasses can fall off if you’re not careful, they’re simple to use and easy to care for. 

Many patients choose both. They primarily wear contacts during the day, and they wear glasses at night. Other patients opt to wear glasses most of the time and wear contacts when they have special occasions or events.

Are you unsure which option is best for you? The expert eye doctors at University Ophthalmology can give you the direction you need. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

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