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Glasses or Contacts?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by SalixIncendium, Jul 31, 2021.

  1. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium अहं ब्रह्मास्मि
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    I had perfect vision until I reached my early 30s. At that point, reading street signs became a challenge. I got an eye exam and found out I was near-sighted.

    So I got a pair of glasses. Contacts were a thing at the time, and I missed my favorite shades, so I tried a pair. I had a bad reaction to them and was told I was allergic, so it was glasses for me for the next 20 or so years.

    Fast forward to 2020. COVID-19, new job, face masks, constant fogging. By this time in my life, I'm on my third or fourth pair of progressive lenses (no line bifocals). I had never so much as scratched a pair of my glasses until this year, and I pretty much destroyed the (rather costly) pair I had.

    I guessed contacts have changed in the 20 years or so since I tried them, so I discuss my options with the optometrist and I decide to try contacts again, and since I now need correction for near and far, I elect to go with mono-vision.

    So I have a choice between glasses and contacts on a daily basis. I have only worn my glasses a few times at home since I've gotten my contacts, and usually opt for contacts when I go to work or any other time I leave the house, even though fogging concerns are no longer an issue.

    Pros of contacts: Freedom to wear shades, not having to clean the occasional smudge off my glasses. Aesthetics.

    Cons of contacts. I sacrifice crystal clear near or far vision. Both are bearable, but I can't read fine print or see as clear as I want to at a distance.

    Pros of glasses: Perfect vision at my disposal.

    Cons of glasses: Concern over cleanliness, concerns about possible scratches, or breakage

    What do you wear and why?
     
  2. Wildswanderer

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    Glasses. I used to wear contacts but they made my eyes super sensitive. I loved not having frames and I saw clearer with them.
    Do they still have to be cleaned?
    We used to have to heat them at night.
    It was kinda a pain.
     
  3. Saint Frankenstein

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    Glasses. I've worn them since elementary school. I've never had contacts.
     
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  4. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    Glasses hands down for me.

    Easy maintenance and they are easier to find if you drop them.

    Contacts seem to have too much micromanagement to suit my tastes.
     
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  5. Stevicus

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    I've worn glasses since I was 2 years old. I had lazy eye and even wore an eyepatch for a while. I tried contacts when I was about 18. At the time my prescription was such that soft contacts were not an option, so I got hard contacts. I didn't like them. Sometimes they would slip to another part of my eye, and it would be a bit of a pain to put them back in place. Keeping them clean and putting them each morning was also a hassle. Then it could really be bad on windy, dusty days which are common here.

    It's just so much easier to put on a pair of glasses.

    If I really had my druthers, I'd like to be fitted with bionic eyes, like Steve Austin in "The Six Million Dollar Man."
     
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  6. lewisnotmiller

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    I have monovision too, as a result of laser eye surgery.

    So that was my answer.

    Prior to that, I used glasses on the daily (driving, for example) and contacts when I might need better vision but wasn't interested in wearing glasses. Sports or when I thought there might be hot girls around, mostly. Ahem.
     
  7. crossfire

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    Glasses. I have super flat corneas and am quite nearsighted (which is contrary to the norm,) so contacts don't fit my eyes well. I'm getting to the age where I need to take my glasses off to read fine print, so that would be inconvenient with contacts. I have separate glasses for computer-distance work, progressives so I can see the floor when I clean it, and bifocals for driving so I can see both distance vision as well as read the dashboard.

    I'm thinking about looking into RLE (Refractive lens exchange) surgery.
     
  8. Revoltingest

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    Glasses.
    Touching eye with contacts....brain won't let me do that.
     
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  9. Polymath257

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    Glasses. I have trouble touching my eyes, so I have never had contacts.
     
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    My vision is starting to go, but it's still good enough to where I don't need glasses. It's at 20/25.
     
  11. Viker

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    Glasses. I didn't need them until I got into my 40s. I only use them for reading.
     
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    Glasses. I don't wear them often, but I tend to think they look good on me.
     
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    Thankfully I don't yet need either.
    I keep my cell phone and other devices set in comfort mode which cuts down/filters the blue light.

    If I had to wear glasses or contatcs, it would be 100% glasses because i cant even stand to put in eyedrops, let alone contacts.

    Technology is bad for our eyes.

    Tiny Screens Can Cause Big Vision Problems - Your Sight Matters
     
  14. sun rise

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    Uh oh. I'm that way as well.
     
  15. 9-10ths_Penguin

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    I wear glasses now.

    I wore contacts for decades. Over the years, I tried everything from traditional 3-month replacements to 2-week replacements to dailies, but I got to a point where they just weren't comfortable at all.
     
  16. Shadow Wolf

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    Once I started using either as I should (started having vision issues in third grade) and consistently, I wore glasses for over a decade. During the pandemic I switched to have no more fogging and because I missed sunglasses (transition lenses suck for this).
    I'll be getting some glasses though for when contacts aren't feasible (like working on my car) or when the risk of spontaneous napping is high.
     
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    It's like we share one misbehaving brain!
     
  18. exchemist

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    I am almost exactly in the same position as you: good vision until my late twenties then slight myopia (currently -2.5D in both). I have tried both specs and contacts. The contacts are good for sport or walking. However, once I developed the usual old age lack of accommodation, I needed reading glasses if I wore contacts. This did not work. The contacts float around a bit on the eye so the focus they provide is not 100% constant, making reading a strain. And with a laptop, the screen of which is at an intermediate focus between reading distance and infinity, reading glasses are not great.

    So latterly I restrict my use of contacts to sport (including swimming: I use daily disposables) and other outdoor exercise and I use varifocals the rest of the time. Having learnt to "drive" these, I find them excellent, as one can find a good focal length for computer screen work as well as for reading or for distance vision.

    The only issue now is that, as apparently often happens, my degree of myopia is slackening a bit as I age further (coming up to 67), so soon I may need a new prescription for the varifocals. That will be an expensive business.
     
  19. Jainarayan

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    Glasses, progressives, and I hate them. In the past I wore contacts and drug store readers. I got to an age where my eyes were getting dry, I couldn’t use enough wetting drops. So I went back to glasses. I don’t mind glasses but I hate progressives. I hate them mostly because the mid and reading fields are small. For my computer terminal and reading at my desk I had a pair of mid-vision glasses. I don’t know how many times I got up from my desk and forgot to change my glasses. I’m walking around thinking my vision was getting worse. No, change your glasses moron. :D
     
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  20. Shadow Wolf

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    Reminds me of the times I ran around searching high and low and every where trying to find my glasses, only to eventually bury my head in heads in frustration and discover my glasses where on my face the whole time as they get smooshed into my face.
     
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