Contacts vs. Glasses: The Pros and Cons

Did you know? Glasses were first invented for people with farsightedness. If someone was nearsighted in those days, a pair of convex glasses wouldn’t help, and this was the only material available for the production of eyeglasses in the 1880s. Convex eyeglass lenses were great when it came to magnifying print for reading and writing, and the concave lenses that worked for nearsightedness weren’t invented until many years later.

For people over 40, this was good news, because this invention helped greatly with Presbyopia, the condition that causes things close-up to look blurry as we age. 

The first pair of contacts were fitted onto human eyes in the late 1800s, but they were made of blown glass and covered the eyeball totally, so as you can imagine, they were not very comfortable. Inventors kept trying, and eventually, in the 1940s, the advent of plastic led to contact lenses, with soft contacts becoming available in the 70s. The comfort and wearability of contacts keep getting better, year after year.

So how do you know which type of eyewear is right for you? Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each, and then we’ll let you decide:

We hope that this list of factors will help you to make an informed decision about which type of eyewear will be right for you. Here at Classic Vision Care, our name says it all. We care about you and your vision, and we are here to help you make the best eyewear choice. Make an appointment with us today!

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