If you have been wearing high power eyeglasses for a while now, and are looking for a change then contact lenses are perfect for you. Contact lenses are one of the best things that can happen to your failing eyesight, outside of curative Lasik surgery. Sadly, contact lenses have traditionally been viewed as something opposed to eyeglasses, instead of being seen as complimentary to them. If you are considering making the switch from glasses to lenses, here are some common myths busted about the two.
Myth 1: Glasses are safer than lenses
The most common myth is that contact lenses, instead of fixing your eyes, can spoil them further. Here's the truth.
When contact lenses were first introduced, their earlier versions were hard in nature and they did create a few complications such as cornea scratches, eye watering etc. However, contacts today are of the soft variety, meaning they are gentle on the eyes and do not infect or irritate your eyes, if you promise to take care of them and handle them hygienically. In fact, glasses are more prone to cracking, scratching and even breaking on impact, thereby threatening to damage your cornea.
Myth 2: Eyeglasses are better at controlling eyesight than lenses
Here is the thing, eyeglasses and contacts both cannot guarantee to control your failing eyesight. When your eyesight weakens, there are a number of factors at play, including your diet and stress levels. While in some cases eyeglasses can and have controlled eyesight from failing further, regular use of good quality of contacts has done the same for some people. It is hard to say which works better, and why, in some people. Irrespective of which one you use, you need to keep them in tip-top shape and handle them with care.
Myth 3: Lenses or glasses?
There is no rule that says you have to completely give up your glasses to wear contacts. The two don't clash, as long as you don't wear them both at the same time. In fact, many ophthalmologists advise you to not switch overnight to contacts, and instead do so gradually, so that your eyes stop perceiving them as a foreign object and stop watering. This means you can continue wearing your glasses, and starting for a little time daily put on your contacts and increase that period slowly.
Today, lots of men and women prefer wearing eyeglasses while driving or travelling, and reserve their contact lenses for parties or evening outings when they want to look their best.