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Contacts Lens vs Traditional Glasses

Contact Lenses Vs. Traditional Glasses

If you suffer from vision impairment, you may wonder which is the best option. Both contact lenses and eyeglasses help correct issues such as astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. To answer your question, Wichita Optometry, P.A. can conduct a complete exam to determine the most suitable course of action.

Contact lenses

Contact lenses are worn directly on your eye to improve your vision. The two types of contact lenses are hard and soft, with soft being the most popular type.

The types of soft contacts are: 

Daily disposables: These are worn just one time and are thrown away.

Daily wear contacts: These are worn throughout the day and then cleaned at night. You will replace the lenses at the discretion of your doctor.

Extended-wear lenses: You can wear these contacts overnight. Make sure that you take them out at a minimum of once a week to clean them.

Pros of contacts: 

You will have a more natural vision than with traditional glasses. Nothing blocks what you see since they move with your eye. The contacts don’t fog up when it’s cold or rainy.

Cons of contacts: 

  • You will need to provide more care for contacts than with glasses.
  • You must clean and store contacts immediately.
  • You are at risk of contracting severe eye infections if you do not wash your hands or if your contacts are not well-cleaned.
  • Your vision could get blurry when the lenses rotate if you have a high astigmatism.


There are two different types of eyeglasses which are single vision and multifocal. The single vision eyeglasses rectify distance issues while the multifocal eyeglasses assist with distance and near-vision problems such as reading.

There are varying versions of multifocal lenses such as:

Trifocals: These have three areas which include the bottom for reading, the top for distance, and in between for middle vision.

Bifocals: These lenses have two areas which include the top half for distance and the bottom half for reading.

Progressive lenses: These are trifocals and bifocals that do not have a dividing line. There is a smooth transition between the areas of vision.

Pros of traditional glasses: 

  • Glasses require less maintenance than contacts.
  • Glasses are typically a preferred option for individuals who stare at computer screens frequently. Extended exposure to computer screens can lead to elevated eye dryness and eye strain. Heavy computer users also find that glasses are more comfortable than contacts.

Cons of traditional glasses: 

  • Glasses can obstruct your area of vision.
  • Glasses are known for fogging up if you are exposed to rain or cold temperatures.

Call Wichita Optometry, P.A. Today!

An optometrist in Wichita, KS can detect how much correction your eyes need. After a thorough examination, Wichita Optometry, P.A. can help you figure out if contact lenses or eyeglasses are more appropriate for you. Contact us to learn more about your options.


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