Running Head: GLASSES VS. CONTACTS1 Eyeglasses versus Contact Lenses Boone English 121 Instructor: Jill Mosley July18, 2011 GLASSES VS. CONTACTS2 Eyeglasses vs. Contacts Lenses The human eye is an organ that allows vision. Some people suffer from a common vision problem called “Hyperopia or farsightedness” (Dictionary. com, 2011). People with Hyperopia can see objects that are far away, but have a hard time seeing things that are close. Another vision problem is Myopia. “Myopia or nearsightedness” (Dictionary. om, 2011) is when a person can see close objects but have problems seeing objects that are far away. How is Hyperopia and Myopia corrected? In most cases professional eye specialist correct Hyperopia and Myopia by using corrective lenses, such as eyeglasses or contact lenses. This paper’s purpose is to discuss the comparisons and contrasts of eyeglasses and contact lenses. Even though they are both beneficial and can be switched back and forth, we will look at how they can alter appearances, the convenience and inconveniences of both, and which provides the best vision.
The first difference between glasses and contacts is the way glasses alter a person’s appearances. Glasses can make a person look different in a good way and in some opinion can be a bad way. Depending on the type of frame used, glasses have a way to make a person look more sophisticated. Also, the size of the frame can have an effect on the way the face size will appear. Larger frames make the face seem smaller, where smaller frames make the face appear larger. On the other hand, wearing clear contact lenses has no effect at all on a person’s appearance.
No one even knows that a person is wearing contacts unless they are told. Contacts GLASSES VS. CONTACTS3 can alter your appearance if color is added to them. Therefore, glasses and contacts can be an appearance alteration if wanted. Another difference between contacts and glasses is convenience. A person that wears contacts get up in the morning has to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before putting them on. They should have been properly stored in a contact case filled with contact solution, for several hours before placing on the eyes.
Improper use of contacts can cause eye infections, irritation to the eye, or some redness. Some people may look at that as an inconvenience. A person that wears glasses only put them on for instant vision. Not having solution on hand when contacts are irritated is an inconvenience as well. If the lens should fall out or trash goes into the eye, the contacts must be cleaned with contact solution only. Glasses can be an inconvenience when playing sports. Running wearing glasses cause a risk to them falling off or getting broken. Fogging is a major problem when switching from cold to warm temperature.
Standing in the rain or snow wearing glasses may have an effect on your vision when wet. Convenience to a person’s needs would play a major part on deciding between contact lenses and eyeglasses. Finally, the most important factor to consider when deciding between contacts and glasses is which would allow you the best vision. A person that wears glasses loses clear peripheral vision, but has good vision in front of them. Whereas, a person wearing contacts has good front and peripheral vision. Sometimes the space between the eyeglasses and the actual eye can cause an aberration.
In contrast, contacts are worn directly on the eye giving a more natural GLASSES VS. CONTACTS4 vision. If the eyes aren’t healthy enough, contacts cannot be worn, unlike glasses which have been around much longer the contact lenses. In conclusion, while both are beneficial and can be worn back and forth, the decision should be based upon appearances, conveniences, and which one provides the best vision. Nearsightedness and farsightedness are both common vision problems that can be corrected with the proper lens, rather it be glasses or contacts.
People tend to choose one or both to suit their individual needs. Even if one chooses to wear contacts, a pair of glasses should be kept just in case. Although contact lenses and eyeglasses have their advantages and disadvantages, they both serve a great purpose and that is corrective vision. GLASSES VS. CONTACTS5 References Dictionary. com Unabridged. Retrieved July 18, 2011, from Dictionary. com website: http://dictionary. reference. com/browse/hyperopia Dictionary. com Unabridged. Retrieved July 18, 2011, from Dictionary. com website: http://dictionary. reference. com/browse/myopia