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Should I Get Glasses or Contacts or Both?

There are more choices available than ever for eyewear that fits your fashion sense and provides the visual acuity you desire. But with so many options to choose from, a final decision about glasses versus contacts can get confusing. Is one option better than the other, and how do you decide? 

Stephen Wolchok, MD at Wolchok Eye Associates, PA, is a board-certified ophthalmologist who provides comprehensive eye care services to residents of all ages in the communities in and around Bellflower and Pasadena, California. Dr. Wolchok is happy to provide an expert’s insight regarding your many options for corrective lenses and the pros and cons of each type.

Can you see better with contacts?

Many people report experiencing sharper, crisper vision with contacts versus eyeglasses. Because they sit directly on your eye, contacts do offer a more natural correction and wider visual field than eyeglasses. And a wide variety of lens types means we can correct a multitude of acuity issues.  

Contacts also prevent problems such as lens fogging with abrupt temperature changes spatters from raindrops. They’re often a better choice for sports activities as well since they don’t get in the way. Extended wear contacts can be worn 24 hours a day, providing you with clear vision as soon as you open your eyes.

Note that standard soft lenses are not typically recommended for moderate to severe astigmatism since they mold to the shape of your eyeball and don’t offer adequate corrective results. Gas permeable or toric lenses can help but may take longer to adjust to than soft lenses and are usually more expensive.

What are the benefits of eyeglasses versus contacts?

Glasses are easy to wear and don’t require the same meticulous cleaning routine as contact lenses. We can help you select frames that enhance your facial contours and eye coloring.

Other benefits of today’s glasses include:

Individuals with dry eye syndrome may not tolerate contact lenses. Eyeglasses offer a comfortable alternative that corrects your vision and complements your style.

Will I need glasses if I opt for contacts?

We do recommend you keep a pair of glasses on hand when wearing contacts. Even contacts designed for comfort should be removed after about 12 hours and left out overnight so that your eyes have a chance to “breathe.” Extended wear contacts are designed for 24-hour use, but they must be removed for cleaning after seven days.

Allergies, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), and other infections may require you to switch from contact wear to eyeglasses for a brief period. Some people find eyeglasses a better choice for outdoor activities that may include exposure to airborne particles, such as a stroll along the beach on an excessively windy day. And there is always the risk of losing a contact lens during the cleaning process.

Regardless of your decision regarding contact lenses versus glasses, Dr. Wolchok works with you to choose the best lens and frame options available for your needs and circumstances.

Schedule a visit with Dr. Wolchok today for all your eye care needs. Call the office, or request an appointment online.  

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