Glasses vs. Contact Lenses: Which Is Best for Me? By Monterey County Eye Associates on February 07, 2022

glasses vs. contact lensesMillions of Americans suffer from some form of vision impairment. Vision impairment can compromise the ability to perform the most basic daily functions, including reading and driving. Fortunately individuals today can choose from a variety of advanced prescription lenses to restore clear vision so that they can go about their daily routine.

The biggest choice regarding prescription lenses is whether to go with glasses or contact lenses, which rest directly over the eyes. Here, the eye doctors at Monterey County Eye Associates discuss glasses vs. contact lenses with their Monterey, Salinasand King City, CA, patients, so that they can choose the prescription lens that best suits their unique needs and desires.


When individuals are diagnosed with vision impairment, glasses are often the first prescription lens they are offered, especially if the condition is diagnosed when the patient is a child. Glasses consist of prescription lenses and a frame that rest over the ears and nose. Glasses are reliable and effective, so they are a great choice for those who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. 

Many individuals choose to wear glasses because they are easy to put on and take off, they do not require a lot of upkeep or cleaning, and they offer a way for people to express their personal sense of style. However, before selecting glasses people should also consider the potential downsides. Because glasses can be removed so readily, they are easy to lose. And some people do not like the look or feel of glasses.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a popular choice for vision impairment, especially among teenagers and adults. Contact lenses sit directly over the eyes, so people can wear them without anyone else realizing it. Like glasses, contact lenses can address nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. In addition to their discreet appearance, some people prefer contact lenses because of the additional benefits they provide, such as:

  • They are more natural vision than glasses, since they move with the eyes.
  • Contact lenses do not get wet or fog up like glasses lens do.
  • They can be put on and worn all day without interfering with activities like exercise or sports.

For all the benefits that contact lenses provide, there are some drawbacks. Most notably, contact lenses require more care than glasses. Contact lenses need to be cleaned properly, or they can dry out, cause eye irritation, or other complications, including an eye infection. 

What if I’ve Had Trouble Wearing Contact Lenses in the Past? 

Many people are interested in trying contact lenses, but have concerns about how they will fit. And numerous others have tried contact lenses in the past, but found that they didn’t fit properly over their eyes. Individuals who have had trouble wearing contact lenses in the past or those worried about how contact lenses will feel should consider a personal fitting.

At Monterey County Eye Associates, we specialize in contact lens fittings. We have been able to find the right pair of contact lenses for people who have been unable to wear them in the past. We also offer a number of specialty lenses that can meet a wide range of fit and vision needs.

Contact Monterey County Eye Associates 

Whether you prefer glasses or contact lenses, the doctors at Monterey County Eye Associates can fit you with a set of prescription lenses that improve vision, while meeting your unique needs and desires. To find the vision impairment solution that is right for you, contact our practice online, or call (831) 372-1500 to schedule an appointment.

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Monterey County Eye Associates
Leland H. Rosenblum, MD - MBEC
Eric J. Del Piero, MD

Our team of ophthalmologists provides state-of-the-art eye care using the latest technology. They are proud to be affiliated with: 

  • AAO: American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • ABO: American Board of Ophthalmology

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