eyeglasses or contact lens?

@redphile (2265)
Philippines
October 31, 2009 11:33pm CST
Im 26 and already have a bad eyesight. Im nearsighted and cant even recognize a face at a distance. Im thinking of getting corrective eyeglasses but also opting for contacts. Cant decide yet. My friends said that sometimes they tend to forget their contacts on before sleeping which can cause eye irritation. With eyeglasses, I had one actually but sometimes I tend to forget to wear or even bring it. Mylotters. Which one do you think is better? Or more c0nvenient?
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25 responses
@dana820 (277)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
Hello. I suggest you get both. Use the eye glasses at home, and wear contact lenses for going out (when your glasses don't go well with your outfit - LOL). Seriously, eye glasses are a must-have and there's no question about whether or not you need to get them. Contact lenses are optional (as you already expressed) because a pair only lasts for what - a few months? But which is better or more convenient? It depends on your lifestyle, really. In my case, glasses are more convenient because I sometimes rush to get out the door. But I do like it when I wear contacts and I've developed this habit of rubbing the bridge of my nose thinking that I have glasses on - which is funny, if you think about it.
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• Malaysia
1 Nov 09
You are right. Eyeglasses are more convenient.However, if you have extra money then try Lasik eyes surgery.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
im scared of getting a surgery, but ill try to get more information about that. Im thinking of getting both actually for different activities.
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• Malaysia
2 Nov 09
I have not done Lasik before. So I have no experience. Since it is laser, I believe it is painless. The advice is from the experts.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
2 Nov 09
Contact lenses can take some time to get used to but after you get used to them they are very easy to maintain and wear. You can not wear them to sleep though you do need to take them out at at night before you go to bed and put them back in in the morning, but it is a small price to pay. Glasses have their disadvantages too. They get dirty, they can fall, they can break often. So those are some things to consider.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
both have advantages and disadvantages, but maybe ill try to get both. Thanks!
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
2 Nov 09
One more time - there are overnight, extended wear, or continuous wear disposable contacts which can be worn overnight, for several days, or even 2 weeks at a time. All you have to be concerned with is putting them in and taking them out, you don't have to store them, clean or disinfect them, or anything like that. You have a constant supply which you order from your eye doctor probably monthly or you can even get them mail order in larger amounts.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
ill keep those in mind thanks so much!
• China
1 Nov 09
hi,my eyesight is very poor,too.And I have a pair of glasses as well as a pair of contact lens.I use them alternatively.becausue wearing the glasses long strains my nose and my ears,while using the contact lens long makes my eye itch.If you are going out,I think it's better to wear the later,which is more convenient and shapely:)
• India
1 Nov 09
ya, a combination of both of them is always good
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
yeah why n0t get both. Thats a great idea. Thanks!
• China
2 Nov 09
There you are.I believe you'll enjoy your new contact lens!:)
@borhan (1345)
• United States
1 Nov 09
It is always eyeglasses. I think using contact lens may give you a different look, but while fixing them and opening them you become prone to some bio hazard to your eyes by yourself. You cannot sleep even with that and you are to do some precautionary activities with them by opening every night. Eye glasses are easy to manage. Thank you.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
oh yeah like if youre fingers are dirty and putting on contacts can cause infection.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Nov 09
You can actually sleep with disposable extended wear or overnight contacts. I am kind of chuckling at the amount of answers with people stating that contacts are inconvenient or you can't wear them when you're sleeping or overnight because I have researched this lol.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
9 Nov 09
oh really, i didnt know that. =)
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
2 Nov 09
I don't know about both much, but I'd think it's better to go with eyeglasses as they are more easier to maintain in terms of price and all that. If you are comfortable wearing lenses and can take care of it and all, you can use it interchangeably with eyeglasses too.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
thats what im thinking of doing actually but will consult with the doctor to see the prices first haha!
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
4 Nov 09
Hope it works out for you..
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
1 Nov 09
IHi redphile. I have worn corrective eyeglasses since I was in second grade. Now I don't feel right without them. I went to the eye doctor once to see about getting contact lenses. I just couldn't get comfortable with putting something in my eyes. Unless there is an eyesight miracle, i will probably always wear eyeglasses.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Nov 09
How about lasik? Did you ever consider that?
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
2 Nov 09
haven't really considered that as an option before. Thanks for the tip.
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
I don't have any of those but i prefer wearing lenses...
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
Contact lenses that is
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
oh i see, thanks!
@uiskana (138)
• Malaysia
1 Nov 09
Eyeglasses. Reason it much easy to keep and i have allergic with contact lens.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
oh so n0t every0ne are suitable for contacts huh? Hmm. I thnk ill have my eyes look at first.
• United States
1 Nov 09
thanks why i wheere glasses. =D
@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
2 Nov 09
I really enjoy my contact lenses. It makes me feel so much freeer than with my glasses. They make me feel closed in. There are times when I wear my glasses for an extended time though since wearing your contacts non-stop can tire your eyes out. You really don't want to mess with your eyes, or they can get worse. That's no fun at all.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
thats true i think if you are already comfortable with contacts then you can do whatever you want, like go out or go somewhere and no worries of getting it broken unlike eyeglasses. On the other hand, there are still a lot of things to be reminded when using contacts. =)
@irene66 (1671)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
I'm also a nearsighted person like you. I started to have the experience when I was giving birth. Now I am totally dependent on my eye glasses which I find comfortable. Both gadgets have their own disadvantages. Contact lense interferes with the oxygen supply of the eye. I find it painful to be removing and putting it back when needed. Anyway it depends on the preference of the user.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
yeah thats true, really depends, but i still cant decide right now haha.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
1 Nov 09
It depends what your priorities are. If it were me, I would ONLY get contacts, probably daily or extended wear disposables and that would be the end of it. Otherwise, I would just do with non-perfect eyesight. There are extended wear disposable contacts that can be worn overnight, btw, maybe even for several days. Some people feel glasses are more convenient, and they may be, but I wouldn't wear glasses. I actually think in terms of choice, I would get lasik, which is better than contacts OR glasses since it is a one shot deal and after that, you don't need to worry about anything. Before anybody tries to make fun of me about this, I am the same about birth control. IF I am using birth control, the option I end up with has to be something I don't have to think about daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. It has to be effective or what's the point. It should be mostly controlled by me . I prefer one shot type things, things that don't require constant thinking, maintenance, care, etc. Things like that work fine for some people but for me it's a matter of can I use it or not. If I can't use something, my other option is simply not at all then.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
2 Nov 09
thats a great advice you got there! Although, im scared of getting eye surgery, im n0t really sure about that. If i choose c0ntacts maybe ill try the disposables or then get a regular eyeglasses haha.
• Italy
1 Nov 09
I prefer glasses but I cannot afford the expense right now, and be careful they may get damaged more easily. Contact lenses overall cost more but if you get the monthly ones, the expense on the moment is less, and I can afford that better than glasses with that one-off huge expense.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
oh really? I didnt kn0w that you can get that m0nthly. =)
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
hello redphile, I am also nearsighted like you,and wearing eyeglasses especially when going outside. Yah,it is really inconvenient to wear eyeglasses,since we forgot to bring it or misplace it sometimes(which happens to me often hehe) But,i think contact lenses is more inconvenient,like washing it every now and then,bringing the solution and stuffs wherever we go and worst is...what if we forgot about it and feel asleep when travelling (whew..scary) So,i think,it is your choice...coz i don't see which is more convenient since both are not convenient
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
ahaha thanks, im thinking of getting both though.
@oXAquaXo (607)
• United States
1 Nov 09
I would suggest getting glasses. I've had glasses for a quite a long time now, as I've had bad eyesight since I was very young. Contacts can cause severe issues to you eyes. Some people with contacts don't realize that they've gotten germs in their eyes, and sooner or later, they have a severe eye infection, which leads to really bad complications. After a while, you won't forget your eyeglasses, as they become part of you.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
or maybe ill put a lace around my neck so i wont forget haha. Scared of getting germs from my fingers to my eyes.
@solared (1210)
• United States
1 Nov 09
I have both, just get the contact lenses you can sleep in you can wear them for a month. My vision is pretty bad too, basically around the house I wear my glasses when out wear my contacts, you may also need the kinds for astigmatism.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
still thinking of getting both, just checking to keep up with my budget haha.
@JamesKYTan (1607)
• Malaysia
1 Nov 09
I prefer to wear eyeglasses for my short-sightedness. I tried a free set of contact lenses, mmm. it is so messy.If I have more money I will opt for Lasik as it is so convenient. I can forget about misplacing my spectacles. I lost count of the number of times I was looking for my misplaced glasses. I am looking forward to windfall so that I go for Lasik. Cheers!
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
wow if thats the best then good for you. =)
• Indonesia
1 Nov 09
Hello, I'm used to wearing glasses all the time now, except when I'm in bed or taking shower. It's become habittual actually. No more forgetting since you'd get very irritated without it. If you're 26 and have a really bad eyesight, consider LASIK. It can fix your eyes so you don't need glasses or contact lenses. The thing with contact lenses is, if you're careless in wearing glasses, you'd most likely do worse with contact lenses. Besides, it's scary the first times you want to put them in your eyes.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
yeah im kinda scared too in hurting my eyes. But i think ill opt for both, just depends where to go and what to do. Ill get m0re info on lasiks too. Thanks!
• India
1 Nov 09
contact lenses are best
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
ill try thanks!
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
eyeglasses - pair of reading eyeglasses
You'd rather get eyeglasses. With eyeglasses, you get to choose trendy frames which would fit your personality. And you can always wear a different one to match your attire . When my daughter, who was 17 years old, had her eyes examined, she opted for contact lens. The optometrist advised her that it would be better for her to get eyeglasses instead because having contact lens requires a lot of hassle. She was still young and had so many things to do as student. Besides, she might fall asleep with it and might cause eye irritation.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
oh yeah thats one of my worries in getting contacts. S0metimes i just fall asleep straight to bed when i get home from work and i might forget that im still wearing c0ntacts. And with eyeglasses, you can match up different frames to whatever your wearing. Hmm. Thanks!
@jerimiyah (232)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
i go for both since i need them. contact lenses when i need to be as comfortable as possible like a formal event and eyes glasses if i want to relax my eyes and take them off if i want to.
@redphile (2265)
• Philippines
1 Nov 09
hmm thats a good opti0n huh. Getting b0th for different activities. Thats great!