Contacts or glasses, which is worse?

Having tried both, my view is that contact lenses are worse than glasses. I found the routine that’s required to support regular wearing of contact lenses to be tedious and not always convenient. I fully appreciate the technology of modern contact lenses and the freedom from glasses that they bring. For me, I prefer to push on a pair of glasses and get straight into whatever I’m doing without spending time fiddling around with contact lenses which can be quite a chore.


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If you’re wondering if contact lenses are better or worse than glasses, you’ve probably been wearing glasses to correct your vision for some time. Long enough to have reasons to be fed up with them.


Are contact lenses worse than glasses?


What may those reasons be? Is it the appearance of wearing glasses? Is it the sores and dents that appear on your nose from constant glasses-wearing? Then, there is the way that glasses press on the ears.


Glasses are a contraption that takes the liberty of being placed front and centre in a place where you wouldn’t, ideally, want it to be seen. The appearance and discomfort are what we glasses wearers have to put up with but are contact lenses a truly practical option?


Wearing contact lenses is a campaign on its own. Everything has to be totally cleansed before you can handle your lenses. There are cleaning solutions that must be used to soak the contact lenses and this has to be thoroughly rinsed off before placing the lenses on your eyes.


I found the procedure of fitting contact lenses to be quite easy. It does get better with practice. The same applied to taking them out. But you need to be aware that both putting in and taking out requires being in a place on your own, without anything to distract you from getting everything right.


You have to be sure that the contact lenses are clean and that the cleaning solution has been fully rinsed off before pressing them onto the eye. Then there is the removal process. This isn’t too difficult to do and it’s also made easy with practice but you need to be away from all other distractions where you can get them both out and securely place them in the storage case with the right amount of cleaning solution.


Handling contact lenses needs good eyesight. It’s when you’ve taken them out, or when you’re about to put them in, that you need to take the most care. Contact lenses are small and, of course, transparent which can make them hard to see at that critical moment when you need to see what you’re doing.


Most people have a pair of glasses to wear in addition to using contact lenses and often need glasses to be able to manage their contact lenses. It’s rarely the case that a switch can be made from wearing glasses to wearing just contact lenses. If you are considering wearing contact lenses for whatever reason, you are most likely going to have the expense of both.


Contact lenses are small to handle and dropping them on the floor mustn’t be an option. If you do drop them they can be rinsed with water and cleaned in the cleaning solution before placing them on the eye. The biggest problem is, most likely, finding your contact lens after you’ve dropped it.


When fitting or removing contact lenses you almost need to be in a surgically-sterile environment where no dirt can contaminate the process at any point and you can easily find them on a clean and uncluttered floor if you drop them.


What others say about wearing contact lenses

(Extracts from comments that are out there.)

Some people feel that they look better when wearing glasses rather than contact lenses. Unless you wear glasses all the time there is a risk that you may take them off, put them down somewhere and lose them. With glasses there is the risk that you may end up with a pair that isn’t a good fit. Often they will hurt your nose and ears if you need to wear them all the time. Glasses tend to mist over when near steam and rain water always seems to build up on the lenses then you have to dry them to see anything at all.

Contact lenses avoid the problems that can come with wearing glasses but you have to go through the daily ritual of putting them in, unless you go for contact lenses that can be slept in. Contact lenses may turn out to be more expensive than glasses, depending on the type of lenses you go for.”


If you have a more active lifestyle, contact lenses may suit you. However, they may feel uncomfortable if you wear them for too long without a rest-period. Glasses are less complicated than contact lenses but glasses can also be uncomfortable. Glasses can get in the way and be a problem for some activities. The best option, if you can afford it, may be to have both glasses and contact lenses. Then you can wear whatever feels right for the activity of the moment.”


I wear contact lenses and glasses. I prefer glasses when I’m on my own and contact lenses if I go out. I find that glasses are more comfortable to wear. The contact lenses are for appearance.”


What does it feel like to wear contact lenses?

There is very little feeling to be had from wearing contact lenses. You will feel enough to know that you have something attached to your eyeball, at the moment of attachment but when they are settled on the surface of your eye there is very little feeling to be had at all.


Correctly fitted contact lenses will often feel so comfortable that you can almost forget that you are wearing them. However, it is important that you don’t allow your contact lenses to be contaminated by dust particles, prior to fitting, as this will cause irritation. Make sure that you are in a clean dust-free environment when fitting.


What do contact lenses feel like?


If your contact lenses start to feel uncomfortable after you’ve been wearing them repeatedly for a few months, this may be because they have become scratched and need replacing.


An option that cuts out this problem is to wear daily disposable lenses. This can be a much simpler way of wearing contact lenses as it doesn’t allow them to become scratched, at least not enough for you to feel during one day.


Fitting contact lenses for the first time can be a daunting prospect. We are naturally very protective of our eyes but there is nothing to fear from placing contact lenses on your eyeballs.


Contact lens technology has come a long way over the years. They are designed to feel comfortable. Your first experience of having contact lenses fitted will be done by your option. There will be all the advice that you need to make sure that you adopt the correct procedure of attachment, from the first fitting onwards.

The first view through contact lenses

It will be a strange feeling when you experience good vision for the first time without wearing glasses. One of your first thoughts will probably be about the contact lenses falling out. This was my first feeling that I had when they were first placed on my eyes by the optician. I was quickly assured that contact lenses don’t just drop out and that there is a specific procedure that needs to be carried out to get them out. This was all explained by the optician who supervised me while I put them in and took them out by myself.


When the optician was satisfied that I was feeling confident at both the applying and removal processes, I could progress into becoming a regular contact lens wearer.


What others say about wearing contact lenses

(Extracts from comments that are out there.)

You should be able to wear contact lenses in full comfort with barely any sensation on the eye.”


Contact lenses are better for me because I can see much better with them compared to wearing glasses and they don’t impede my daily activities. Contact lenses are a better choice for me”


I have been wearing glasses and contact lenses for 20 years. I find contact lenses to be a real pain. I have to remember to order lenses and contact lens cleaning-solution. Then If I travel, I have to remember to take the cleaning-solution with me and avoid the Transportation Security Administration confiscating it. Then I have the problem of contact lenses drying out due to dry air or alcohol consumption, or just feel uncomfortable for no reason that I can find”


Some of us can’t wear contact lenses?

Most people can wear contact lenses but there are some who have disadvantages that may make wearing them difficult or, possibly, dangerous.


During the consultations that you will have with your optician, any issues that may be specific to you will become apparent.


Eye infections

If you have a history of repeated eye infections the advice will almost certainly be to avoid contact lenses until you have got to the route of the problem.



Some people tend to carry problems with eye allergies and the inflammation that inevitably comes with it. Until a solution is found to eliminate the symptoms of eye allergies, contact lenses won’t be an option.


Dry eyes

Contact lenses require an element of lubrication to allow them to move around on the surface of the eyeball. Some people can’t generate enough tear-fluid to help with this. When this happens the contact lens will become stuck in one place on the eye and become sore.


Adverse environmental conditions

If you regularly spend time in a dusty space, perhaps because of work, this can be a problem. If you are unlucky enough to be working in these conditions, it may be better to leave out the contact lens and resort to glasses until the atmosphere is more favourable.

Eye shape

Another reason why some people can’t wear contact lenses is that the shape of the eyeball isn’t receptive to the shape of standard contact lenses. This will be a matter that will become apparent at the first consultation with a contact lens specialist. Depending on the severity of any eyeball shape problem, a decision will be arrived at as to whether it may be worth attempting to wear contact lenses. The only way to find out is to try them and hope for the best.


Contact lenses weren’t an option for me

The main reason why I tried contact lenses was to reduce the pressure of constant glasses-wearing, on my nose. I found contact lenses to be less convenient than glasses. I like the quick convenience of putting on glasses to see enough of whatever I’m doing. I also had a problem with dry eyes which didn’t allow the contact lenses to move around on the eye as they needed to.


With contact lenses being dismissed, I was left with the problem of the mark on my nose from regular glasses. This was when I was pleased to see the Specs-Delight come along. When I first tried it on it didn’t fit well enough to suit me. It wasn’t tight enough to hold up my glasses but all I needed to do was to bend the steel band inwards in a curling action. This made it grip enough to stay in place and hold up my glasses.


(If it was too tight I would have needed to open out the steel band to slacken it off.)


It also works better when I followed the instructions and mounted the Specs-Delight high up on the back of my head. Then attach my glasses and then lower the glasses down to be able to see through the lenses but keep the back of the Specs-Delight higher up on the back of my head. The ideal position is to have the assembled glasses and Spec-Delight angled down at the front and higher at the back.


Only lower it enough to be able to see through the lenses but keep the glasses nose-pads off your nose. Fitting the assembly in this way also gives you the opportunity to hold your glasses off your ears.


The Specs-Delight has changed the way that I wear my glasses from now on. It’s quite a sensation when wearing the Specs-Delight for the first time. Provided that it is fitted correctly with the right spring-tension applied.

Being able to see through glasses without them touching the nose or ears, makes glasses-wearing, suddenly, super-comfortable.


When you start wearing the Specs-Delight regularly and then, occasionally, wear glasses without it, you become acutely aware of how irritating it is to have them resting on your nose and ears.


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