Eyeglasses vs Contact Lenses: Which Option Is Right For You

Eyeglasses vs Contact Lenses: Which Option Is Right For You

Do you require vision correction? Here are the pros and cons of eyeglasses vs contact lenses and how to decide which option is best suited for your needs and lifestyle. 

Regularly scheduled visits to the doctor or dentist are important for taking care of your health, but what about going to the eye doctor? It’s equally as important! Yearly eye exams at every age can help keep your vision clear, which in turn will: 

  • Improve your productivity at work or school 
  • Enhance your quality of life 
  • Prevent eye strain and headaches 
  • Make it more comfortable to perform daily activities such as reading and driving 
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At Blink Eyewear, our Calgary optometrists are dedicated to helping you achieve clear and comfortable vision. From our range of fashionable and high-quality eyeglasses to contact lenses, we are able to meet all your ocular needs and ensure the health of your long-term vision. 

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Eyeglasses vs Contact Lenses: Which is Right For You? 

For patients who require vision correction, two of the most popular methods to achieve clear vision are eyeglasses and contact lenses. Whichever one you choose is largely based on personal preference, but some factors to consider include: 

  • Budget
  • Lifestyle
  • Aesthetics
  • Comfort
  • Convenience

Unsure of which method is right for you? To help you make a more informed decision, here are some of the pros and cons of eyeglasses vs contact lenses: 



Just because eyeglasses are the more traditional vision correction option, doesn’t mean they’re out of date! With advancements in both lens and frame technology, eyeglasses are now more trendy and comfortable than ever!

Some of the great benefits of eyeglasses include: 

  • They’re more affordable than contact lenses and require less frequent replacement. 
  • You’re less likely to suffer from dry eye when wearing eyeglasses. 
  • Unlike with contact lenses, your risk of developing an eye infection while wearing eyeglasses is low. 
  • Eyeglasses allow you to make a bold fashion statement and can be a reflection of your personal style. 
  • Eyeglasses require very little maintenance, which makes them suitable for patients of all ages, including children and infants. 

Despite their many benefits, there are also some limitations of eyeglasses that you may want to consider, including: 

  • For certain professions (eg. firefighting) eyeglasses may not be the right choice. 
  • It can be easy to misplace or lose your eyeglasses. 
  • You’ll have poorer peripheral vision.
  • At times, eyeglasses can prove to be inconvenient (eg. lenses tend to fog up in humid or cold environments). 
  • Glasses require periodic tightening and other adjustments.



Contact Lenses 

Even if you already wear eyeglasses, investing in contact lenses can open you up to a world of exciting possibilities. Some of the great benefits of contact lenses include: 

  • Wider and improved field of vision.
  • Greater visual acuity.
  • They won’t break or get damaged while you’re playing sports.
  • They don’t fog up in cold weather. 
  • They enhance your appearance.
  • They are lighter and less obtrusive than eyeglasses. 

However, if you are considering contact lenses, then there are some things you may want to keep in mind, including: 

  • Contact lenses come with an increased risk of corneal infections, scratches, and scrapes. 
  • It can be difficult at first to insert and remove contact lenses. However, at Blink Eyewear, our optometrists can teach you the proper techniques during a contact lens fitting
  • Contact lens wearers are at a higher risk of developing dry eye syndrome. 
  • Contact lenses are more expensive than eyeglasses. 
  • Lenses require a daily commitment to proper care and cleaning to avoid serious eye infections. 
  • They may not be suitable for all patients. 



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To find out more about how our optometrists can help you make the best choice when it comes to deciding which vision correction method is right for you, visit one of our three branches, Crowfoot (67 Crowfoot Terrace NW, T3G 4J8), West Springs (1009 873 85 St SW, T3H 0J5) or Creekside (12192 Symons Valley Rd NW, T3P 0A3).

Alternatively, you can contact our team at our Crowfoot Branch (403-547-5417), West Springs (403-242-0999) or Creekside (403-516-2292).

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