In your opinion what are the pros and cons of both? I have glasses but I'm thinking about getting contacts:)
I think glasses are better for everyday use and contacts are just great for occasions but ill list a few pros and cons :)
pros - less hassle as to just wear them and wipe them every now and again, easy to clean, alot cheaper than constantly buying contacts
cons - may get in the way if you arent used to them, can distract from nice makeup, feeling 'nerdy'
pros - its just like your eyes are perfect again, hard to notice that youre wearing them, you can get coloured ones, great for occasions when you dont want to wear glasses (like sport/nights out)
cons - risk of infection if you dont take proper care of them, you need to rinse and rub them properly with solution, they may make your eyes sore, takes a few times to get use to putting them in and wearing them, need to make sure you take them off after certain number of hours (depending on the type of lens/your eyes), can get pricey if you only use contacts
those are just a few off the top of my head, there are probably lots more. I would reccommend sticking to glasses and buying dailys to have when you feel like it but it is all dependant on you and how you plan to use them. Have you had a consultation yet?
I've worn both over the years & if I had my choice would continue with contacts - I've a medical condition that makes that option not possible for me that meant I returned to glasses & won't use contacts again.
What I liked about contacts was freedom - I could wear usual sunnies, I didn't have to worry about keeping my face dry in the rain, my vision I felt was better with them ie glasses "chop out" at the sides to some degree & definitely I felt more attractive with lenses versus glasses.
I was meticulous caring for them & never really found it a hassle - my son wears contacts & it's only a few minutes a day. I spend just as long trying to keep my glasses & prescription sunglasses clean.
Cost wise, contacts are just as affordable as glasses too if you choose to buy them outright & not go for a disposable option. Health funds cover a fair bit of their cost too
A colleague of mine had the laser eye surgery - and it's been life-changing for him, he was very short sighted & it's worked a treat - I plan to do that (if I meet the criteria) in 2014
Hey kelsklipp, a topic very close to my heart! I've been short sighted since I was 14 (now 23) and have been wearing contacts for the last two years and in my opinion, getting contacts has been the best decision I've ever made 'health' wise.
Even though I was meant to wear glasses all the time, I found that I was only wearing them for essential things like looking at the whiteboard at school/uni and driving because they made me feel uncomfortable. Not only did I feel less attractive in them but more than anything I felt they were physically uncomfortable. They'd weigh heavily on the bridge of my nose and would always leave that mark behind after wearing it for long periods of time. My peripheral vision was also bad because you can only see what's in front of you with glasses...I was constantly turning my head to see things that weren't directly in front of me! So I am definitely in favour of contacts but here are some pros and cons of each:
Pros - not time consuming to take on and off, easy to clean, not putting anything in your eyes
Cons - not practical when going out (especially if taking photos because of the glare), need prescription sunglasses, often physically uncomfortable, bad peripheral vision
Pros - feels like you have 20/20 vision ( can't feel you've got something in your eyes), can wear normal sunglasses, better peripheral vision, far better for going out and sport etc, more fun to play with eye makeup :)
Cons - need to clean properly, can't wear them for very long periods of time (although there are lots out there now that you can wear the whole day and just take out at night which is what I have), need to try not to rub eyes when wearing them, need to remember to replace on time and can be a hassle if you lose one (not likely though because I find I take much better care of my contacts than my glasses because they always stay in the bathroom but glasses I just chuck anywhere lol)
I don't think contacts are as expensive as people think. I pay about $100 for three months which is only about $400 a year...when you think about how much frames and lenses and prescription sunglasses etc cost, I don't think glasses are that much cheaper anyway. As Linda said, health funds cover a fair bit too.
Contacts are a bit hard to get used to to start off with but definitely far better than glasses in my opinion, let us know how you go if you do get them :)
I've been wearing glasses since I was a kid so glasses are a big part of my life. I decided to give contacts a go a few years ago. As I have a high prescription, my glasses make my eyes look smaller and contacts really changed the way I looked.
I wore contacts for 2 - 3 years but eventually I got sick of the cleaning routine. Since the other BH ladies have covered the pros and cons, I won't repeat here. But for me, contacts can be annoying sometimes as you can't rub your eyes. If an eyelash drops into your eyes, or a bit of dust on a windy day, it's extremely uncomfortable. And I always had to keep my fingernails short and neat, to be able to remove and put on the contacts more easily, and just to be hygienic. Also, on days I didn't have enough sleep, by the end of the day my eyes would feel irritated and a bit blurry.
I've now gone back to glasses, very nerdy and proud of it :)
Personally, I love my glasses! I like the way they make me look and make me feel more confident.
Also, I cant stand having to put anything in my eyes, if I ever had to use eye drops I'd be screwed!!
So personally its glasses for me, but I understand why people prefer contacts.
I've been wearing both for a while now, and to be honest, have both.
i tend to use my contacts when i'm out of the house all/most of the day, as it gives me one less thing to care about. once you get used to them (the cleaning and putting them in), they're hassle free and basically feel like there's nothing there. i actually forget that they're in. they're also great if you're a person who plays sport. if you get reusable disposable contacts (i have ones you use for a fortnight), then they work out much cheaper than dailies. they also allow your eye to breath much more so you dont get the tired feeling. they also allow you to wear any sunglasses and watch 3D movies without double glasses :P
the only negatives i have with contacts is that the cleaning gets annoying and that you can't rub your eyes. but if you wear eye makeup, you're probably used to that already.
glasses are awesome on those lady days when you're in and out of the house or simply feeling lazy (think 9am lectures at uni!). they also give you that smart look :)
however, they can be annoying, especially if you're like me and dont like wearing them constantly. i also dont like the constant wiping/ cleaning throughout the day and my inability to wear them when i play sport
over all, i LOVE my contacts, and would never give them up. but at the same time, i wouldnt give up my glasses either
Pros: cheaper, make a statement (in the right colour and style), a nice accessory, a easy for work, if you get a glare tint they also help with computer screen glare and they make you appear smarter
Cons: can effect field of vision,not all that practical when out and about and if your partner also wears glasses it makes for some awkward kissing ;)
Pros: no one else knows your wearing them, gives you 20/20 vision with no blind spots and you can have more fund with bold eye makeup
Cons: depending on the contacts you have you may need to clean them, contacts can irritate your eyes (particularly if your tired or they are worn for a long time), can be more expensive then glasses and if you get any makeup in your eyes while wearing them it hurts.
At the end of the day you have to find the option that works best for you. I do a cycle every two years.
The first year I get a comprehensive eye test and buy a part of prescription glasses and sunglasses (SpecSavers 2 for 1),which my HBF and my work subsidise. It usually ends up costing me between $50-$100 for both. The next year when my HBF resets I get daily use contacts. If I get at least 90 pairs (180 contacts) it will usually last me for 2 years of special occasions, dates and big nights out (I don't usually wear them unless its a big deal kind of a day). After RAC have paid a 20% discount (you have to love RAC discounts) and HBF have paid my benefit it usually only costs me $30-40 for 90 pairs (which is great). I usually also get a second eye test with this second visit. My Optometrist does not charge for this as its only a check of my prescript and not a eye health test but you should check with your optometrist bout his/her policy on this.
This way I get the benefit of wearing glasses at home and on normal work days and the benefit of contacts for special occasions without the need to properly clean and store them. It works for me.
I have been short sighted for practically all my life (started when I was about six-seven years old) and have used both glasses and contacts but I ultimately would like to have surgery but don't want to do it yet....However I would like to know if anyone has had the laser eye surgery so I can better understand it :D
I tried contact lenses a few years back, but I was really disappointed cos they didn't suit me at all. I was so excited when the optometrist called to say my trial pair were ready. I couldn't stand it being in my eye, and had to have it taken out NOW. We took it out and tried again, but it actually hurt my eyes. So I guess I will have to stick with glasses. I would love to have laser eye surgery. I've known a few people who have had it with outstanding results.
I wear glasses for day to day and contacts for special occasions. The best contacts for sensitive eyes are the daily disposables, they are less irritating and don't have the risk of protein buildup etc
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I love glasses because unlike with contacts, I don't experience dry eyes. I wish I could have laser surgery though.
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