Being visually challenged, I have worn contacts for 13 years and glasses for the last 17.
I wore night contacts for many years which were costly and inconvenient.
Now I primarily wear daily disposable contacts and glasses at night.
Since i’m increasingly wearing day-time glasses during Covid-19, I made a pros/cons list of glasses and contacts.
Can look good/smarter
|Requires yearly adjustments|
|Reliable (i.e. you don’t “run out” like contacts)||Needs to be cleaned + supplies|
Creates interest, like any other accessory
|Inconvenient for sunglasses|
|Can become a defining feature|
|Can look too busy with outfits|
|Discomfort wearing something on your head|
Looks better than glasses (on me)
|Needs to be replenished every year (with a year’s supply)|
|You can wear sunglasses with ease||You can lose or drop them|
|No maintenance||Needs to be paired with glasses at night|
|Outfit planning may be easier|
|Rarely irritating, unlike glasses which shift around|
Reviewing this list confirms my view that contacts are more convenient and require less maintenance than day-time glasses.
If I buy generic glasses, both options are approximately the same price a year (~$300).
So I usually opt for contacts.
Before, bespoke glasses didn’t seem worth the expense.
My lens prescription changes every year. Plus, wearing glasses often prevented me from wearing sunglasses.
However as I mentioned above: during Covid-19 I’ve preferred glasses, especially at home. They add outside protection too.
So I can see myself warming up to glasses more.
It might be a good idea later to invest in a pair of metal-rim glasses with an attachable sunglass lens. But still mostly rely on contacts.
It’s a subjective matter and what you choose depends on your preference.
I’d be interested to hear more thoughts about glasses vs. contacts.