Like many people, you may rely on corrective lenses for optimal vision. Your prescription lenses allow you to do your job and live an active life. However, if you are new to the world of corrective lenses, you may be wondering if you should choose glasses or contacts. Similarly, if you are a long-time glasses wearer, you may be contemplating a switch to contact lenses. Both types of lenses offer distinct benefits, and they can be very effective. However, one may be more suited to your goals, lifestyle, and budget. Our doctors will discuss your options and help you make the most appropriate decision for you. To learn more about glasses vs. contact lenses, contact our Nashville practice today.
Corrective lenses can counteract a number of vision aberrations, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia, among others. These conditions occur when your eyes cannot refract light properly. Light should focus on the center of your retina. If you struggle with any of these vision problems, light actually lands in front of your retina, somewhere to the side, or behind your eye entirely. As a result, your brain registers a blurred or distorted image. Lenses, whether glasses or contacts, will redirect light through your eye so that it refracts properly.
For centuries, glasses were the only vision correction option, and they remain a popular choice today. At Choate Eye Associates, we offer highly precise lenses and a variety of stylish glasses frames. The benefits of glasses include:
Contact lenses are a more recent development, though rapidly expanding technology has made them soar in popularity. They offer a number of advantages, including:
Our ophthalmologists will conduct a thorough consultation to help you choose the most effective type of lenses for you. Considerations include:
You cannot wear contacts while you sleep, when you swim, or if you have an eye infection. Therefore, if you opt for contacts, you will typically need glasses, too. If you do not want to deal with corrective lenses at all, refractive surgery such as LASIK can provide permanent vision correction.
To learn more about the benefits of glasses and contacts, and to find out which option may be right for you, contact Choate Eye Associates.