If you have reached the point where you need to decide between glasses or contacts, there are some things you should know about contact lenses.
Contacts are thin discs of either plastic or glass that sit directly on your eye in order to correct your vision. There are two main types of contacts — hard (or rigid glass permeable) and soft.
Soft contacts are more popular than hard contacts, since they are more a comfortable option, even though hard contacts are usually more durable. Hard contacts are often better when correcting issues like astigmatism or if you have allergies.
Lenses can be designed to wear daily, disposable, or extended wear lenses.
Daily wear contacts re-quire you to take them out of your eye and clean them every day. Disposable lenses typically are thrown out after you wear them. And extended wear contacts can be worn overnight. They need to be cleaned usually once a week.
The main benefit of wearing contacts is that they give you more natural vision than glasses.
Contacts move with your eye and nothing blocks your vision. Since contacts sit on your eyes they don’t fog up or get wet when it’s rainy or cold outside. If you play sports, contacts are not much of a hindrance either.
Contacts have some disadvantages though. They require much more maintenance and care than glasses. Contacts need to be changed often, cleaned, and can move around in your eye. If you are attempting to correct astigmatism, this can be an issue if your contact moves around. Contacts are more expensive than glasses and often require more follow-up with your eye doctor.
Check with your family eye care provider to see whether contacts are right for you.