There are a lot of options out there for correcting your vision depending on what your unique needs and wants might be. You can wear traditional glasses, various kinds of contacts, or even have corrective surgery. You may have limitations due to your individual eye health and vision, but with all the technological advances we now enjoy, there are more options today than ever before.

Glasses vs. Contacts: How to Decide?

With the exception of deciding to have corrective surgery, most people in need of corrected vision will choose between traditional glasses or contacts. The decision is generally one of personal preference. Lifestyle is core for most people. Glasses and contacts both have their unique advantages and disadvantages.

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Contacts are worn directly on the eye. They provide a natural field of vision for wearers, as opposed to glasses frames which can limit peripheral vision and might get in the way at certain angles. A benefit of glasses over contacts is that they require less prep time to wear. You don’t have to apply them to your eyes, clean them in the same way as contacts or give them the same type of care. Some people have trouble getting their contacts placed properly, but there are many different options of contact lenses.

If you want to try contacts, but have questions, one of our trained eye care professionals here at Spektacles is happy to assist you and make sure you feel confident and comfortable with your vision choice.

The biggest advantage of contacts is simply having nothing on your face. Glasses can get in the way of sports, or when it’s rainy, they get wet, fog up, and can fall off or get knocked askew. Contacts can also get knocked out of proper placement and even fall out, but nowhere near as easily as traditional glasses.

Contacts require maintenance. They have to be cleaned regularly or they can cause eye infections. You also have to remove most contacts before you sleep (unless you have extended wear, which also have limitations). Glasses might be seen as a less maintenance option, depending on your lifestyle. Learn more about choosing the right pair of eyeglasses here.

Price is another factor to consider when deciding whether to get glasses or contacts. Depending on the type of frames or lenses, glasses and contacts can vary in price a great deal. Again, if you are unsure as to what your best options might be, one of our staff members would be happy to assist.

These are just a few factors to consider when choosing glasses or contacts. Consult with your eyecare professional to find out what is best for you. Don’t hesitate to contact Spektacles to make an appointment with one of our doctors.

Spektacles is San Diego’s trusted source for optometry and eyewear. We can provide you with all the information you need so that you can make an informed decision about whether to choose glasses or contacts for your vision needs.

Visit us online at or give us a call at 760-452-2895 to schedule an eye exam today!

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