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Ten Reasons I Prefer Wearing Contact Lenses Over Glasses

Cari Jean resides in North Dakota, where she works as a freelance writer and blogs at Faith's Mom's Blog.

It's hard for me to believe I have been wearing contact lenses for about 25 years, starting when I was in sixth grade. I well remember the frustration of learning how to put them in and take them back out and how I would be on the verge of giving up.

Then there were the many times I would lose a contact. Sometimes I forgot to plug the sink and would see it drop down the sinkhole. My dad would take the sink apart to try to find my contact. Sometimes there was no hope of finding a lost contact and I "practically died" because I had to wear my glasses to school.

Despite the obstacles, I was determined to wear contacts! I wore hard contacts until I was about 32 when I discovered that even though my prescription was like -11, I could wear soft contacts. I found these to be much more comfortable than hard contact lenses.

There have been times in my life I have been resigned to wearing glasses. Like when I first became a mom and didn't get much sleep. It was nearly impossible to pry my eyes open to get contacts into them.

Recently, I had used my last set of contacts and didn't want to order a new box until my insurance was going to pay for them so I was forced to wear glasses for about a month. I was reminded during that time how much I prefer wearing contact lenses over glasses.

I much prefer contact lenses over glasses.

I much prefer contact lenses over glasses.

Ten Reasons I Prefer Wearing Contact Lenses Over Glasses

I can see better when I wear my contacts

It's true! My husband, who wears glasses, does not believe me when I tell him this. But according to my optometrist (who has a similar prescription as me and who also prefers wearing contact lenses) you can see better when you wear contacts because they are directly on your eye.

My glasses fog up on me

Whether it's right after a hot shower, taking something hot out of the stove or coming inside from the cold, my glasses fog up on me causing temporary blindness. Coming in from the cold is especially a pain if you live in North Dakota where the winters can extend over half a year. It's impossible to avoid going out in the cold and equally impossible not to frequently come inside to warm back up again.

My glasses get precipitation or sweat on them

Speaking of winter and the cold, the snow presents another obstacle when wearing glasses. The snow causes the glasses to get all wet which makes it hard to see. Rain also causes this annoyance.

Then there are those rare times that I exercise to the point of sweating. Who can exercise while wearing glasses? The sweat drips down into my glasses causing everything to be a blur. It's a gross feeling to be sweating and wearing glasses!

Wearing sunglasses is much easier while wearing contacts

Another weather-related reason in which I prefer wearing contacts over glasses. Although the sun rarely seems to come out these days, it is so much easier to wear sunglasses while wearing contacts.

I do know some people who wear sunglasses over their glasses but they have to be pretty big sunglasses and there are some people whose glasses automatically adjust to the light. For me when it's bright and sunny I prefer to wear my contacts with a cool pair of shades blocking out the light.

Applying make-up is much harder without wearing my contacts

When I wear my glasses, it usually means I am very tired or not feeling well or just too lazy to put my contacts in, which means I'm not puttin' on makeup. The few times I had to wear glasses and wear make-up, it was a disaster! I am nearly blind without contacts or glasses so when I put on my make-up, I have to have my face right up to the mirror so I can kinda see what I'm doing.

Usually before I start the process of putting on make-up, I have to have everything laid out on the counter because if I try to dig through my drawer to find the make-up, I end up grabbing the eyeliner instead of the lipstick and eye shadow instead of blush.

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Applying eye make-up is much easier when wearing contacts

Applying eye make-up is much easier when wearing contacts

I'm always pushing my glasses back up on my nose

Maybe I just need to get them adjusted but my glasses always seem to be falling down on my nose. It seems that every five minutes or so, I am pushing them back up where they belong.

My daughter knocks my glasses off my face

Sometimes when I'm sitting with my daughter or sitting close by, she has been known to knock my glasses sideways or right off my face. I know she does not do this on purpose. She has cerebral palsy and due to her spasticity, has a hard time controlling her muscles. I don't have to worry about her knocking off my glasses when I'm wearing contacts.

Night driving seems harder with glasses

I don't know what it is, maybe the glare of the lenses, but I do not like to wear my glasses while driving at night. It seems especially treacherous at night when it is raining. I make a point to not wear my glasses while driving at night if I can help it.

My glasses are constantly dirty

I don't know how they get so dirty. I am constantly taking them off to clean them on my shirt or when they are really bad, I use the cleaning spray for eye glasses and wipe them off with that special soft cloth. Somehow my glasses manage to get prints, smears and smudges on them several times throughout the day.

I feel more confident when wearing my contacts

I hope this doesn't sound vain but I really do feel better about my appearance when I'm wearing contacts as opposed to wearing my glasses. If I have to be in front of a group of people or have an important meeting, I feel more confident wearing my contacts instead of my glasses. There are some people I think look better wearing glasses and I know there are those who like to wear glasses just to change up their look but this just isn't me!

Sarah Palin is one who looks great wearing glasses!

Sarah Palin is one who looks great wearing glasses!

Glasses vs. Contacts

To me, wearing glasses is more of a pain than anything. Although I'm sure there are others who feel just the opposite. I know one thing for sure - not having to wear glasses or contacts would be great! I can't imagine what it would be like to open my eyes in the morning and be able to see clearly!

I know of several people who have had lasik eye surgery and have said it is worth it. This too has its pros and cons - my optometrist said she would never have the surgery because one little slip and she might not have any vision at all. I think if I could afford it though, I would do it.

For those who have perfect vision and don't even have to think about glasses, contacts or lasik surtery - you are truly blessed!


Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 14, 2013:

Auni - thanks so much for your comment. Yes, the earlier you wake up in the morning, the harder it seems to get contacts in. I am not sure about the thick, rectangular frames being in style - I'm not one to ask about style! But I do know there are so many shapes and colors of frames to pick from which is nice so you can find a pair that looks good on you!

Auni on April 10, 2013:

I really loved this page! I wear both contacts and glasses; although I wear my glasses more frequently. I am in the ninth grade and wake up at five AM. It is rather hard; for that reason I usually am too lazy to put them in.

I like my contacts a lot and wear them when I feel like I need to look better (idk, it's the feeling of more self-confidence I guess).

I believe that glasses look better on me except for a I need new frames badly! I am liking these black, thick rectangular frames. Is rectangular frames in style? I see them a lot.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on January 01, 2013:

NornsMercy - thank you so much for sharing that cute story!

Chace from Charlotte, NC on December 30, 2012:

I remember being in the 8th grade and being a squinting expert. Then, I got contacts and my world became clearer... especially when I realized what the guy I was crushing on actually looked like (yikes)! :) Great hub!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on July 30, 2012:

eugbug - thank you so much for your comment. Guess I never thought about the reading glasses thing - thankfully I'm not there yet!

Eugene Brennan from Ireland on July 30, 2012:

I have worn them for 21 years and I agree with all your points! I remember trying contacts for the first time and it was having my sight back! The only disadvantage is that since I am getting to the stage where I need reading glasses, I can't take out the lenses to see things really close. This is one advantage of being myopic, you can keep things in focus up to a couple of inches from your eyes!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on May 09, 2012:

willjam68 - first of all, I'm sorry you're having so much trouble getting them in. It does take practice and I remember crying in frustration many mornings trying to get the darn things in. It will get better!

When I first started wearing them I only wore them a couple of hours at a time then increased the wear time a little bit each day. If you are straining to read w/ your contact in, you may need to talk to your doctor abut getting the prescription adjusted. Hope this helps and good luck!

willjam68 on May 09, 2012:

I just got contacts for the first time today..first of all it took me an hour to get them in..I can't imagine doing this every morning..further more my distance vision is fine with them but up close to read it is not clear and have to strain to read..I put my glasses on over the lenses and can read fine eyes have felt very tired all day with the lenses a matter of fact I just took them out after 7 hrs and feel I'm not sure if my eyes need to asjust to lenses or they are not for me....any advice please

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 13, 2011:

Nikos - thanks for your comment. I'm not sure why you don't feel confident wearing your glasses. For me personally, I just feel better about how I look when wearing my contacts.

Nikos Rousodimos on November 12, 2011:

Nice Hub mrs.Jean it's very helpful.I don't feel confident wearing my glasses,can you tell why is it happening?

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on October 24, 2011:

Tera - thanks so much for your comment. I'm glad this hub has proven to be so helpful. And by the way - I totally get the red marks on the nose - not pretty!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on October 24, 2011:

Kenorv - so sorry to hear that your aunt went through that. I totally get why you would want to stick with glasses!

Tera from the UK on October 23, 2011:

I am considering contacts and your page has been very helpful. i have had enough of my glasses spoling my looks and leaving red marks on my nose! :) x

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on October 18, 2011:

Kenorv - thanks so much for your comment. Personally, I think it would be hard to scratch your eye while putting in contacts but you never know!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on October 14, 2011:

Diana - I understand how you feel - contacts at times can be frustrating but sometimes you just need to try different kinds before you find the perfect fit. Glasses are sometimes easier tho. Thanks for your comment.

Diana on October 14, 2011:

I really prefer glasses because I once wered contacts and it was to frustrate

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on October 05, 2011:

DeBorrah - thanks so much for your comment! I used to wear gas perm too but my opthamologist talked me into trying soft contacts and I'm glad I did! Blessings to you as well!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on October 05, 2011:

Cari Jean, This was great! You have made some really good points! This will be helpful to others... I prefer to wear contacts as well! I still wear my glasses but I actually get better visual acuity with my contacts! I tried the soft contact lenses but the gas perms work better with my particular prescription.

Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on September 02, 2011:

Valerie - you are so sweet! Thank you so much for your comment. Are you getting soft or hard lenses? You'll do fine, it just takes some practice at first and your eyes will have to take a little while to adjust to them.

Valerie on September 02, 2011:

I'm only 12 but I'm getting contacts today.! And I would like to say I really love your hub. It's probably one of the best ones yet. I hope I can just accomplish putting them on though.(: your advice has been really helpful.(:

wished4u on August 26, 2011:

Cari- you are welcome.

Every person using contacts should know this and should adopt preventive measures like cleaning of the lens and cleaning your hands before applying or removing the lens.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on August 26, 2011:

wished4u - thanks so much for your comment and for sharing your expertise. I haven't even heard of people getting an infection from wearing contacts. While it sounds like a serious drawback, I'm still not sure I could give up wearing contacts. But thanks for letting me know!

wished4u on August 26, 2011:

Well most of your objections regarding glasses are correct but being a medical personnel i wanted to explain that there is one big disadvantage of wearing contact lens.

I have seen many patients with eye infections caused by contact lenses and this is one serious drawback.

As lens practically touches your eye so there are more risk of getting infections. Infections can range from simple benign 1 to more dangerous harming your vision.

As far as LASIK is concerned I agree with your thoughts but if you opt for PRK it is much safer.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on July 02, 2011:

prasetio30 - thanks so much for your comment - good luck with your contact lenses - I hope they work well for you. Let me know how it goes.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 02, 2011:

This was very inspiring hub. I still use my glasses until now. But I have a plan to wear contact lenses. Thank you very much for writing this. Rated up!


Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on July 01, 2011:

Hyphenbird - I'm so sorry to hear about your unsuccessful lasik surgery. Thanks so much for sharing.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on July 01, 2011:

Jo_Goldsmith11 - thanks so much for your comment. Have you ever tried to put in contacts? It might not be as bad as you think! If you get hard contacts, you can just pop them out as opposed to grabbing them with your fingers and pulling them out - just a thought.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on July 01, 2011:

Hello, hello - so sorry to hear about your eyesight. I hope glasses helps so you can see better. Thanks so much for your comment.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 29, 2011:

I also wore contact lens for many years. I only stopped when my reading vision began to change. I had Lasik and am not one of their greatest success stories. I wish I had not done it.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on June 29, 2011:

Gosh, I am suppose to wear my glasses all the time! I hate wearing the darn things. I would love to wear contacts. This would free up my face to be completely visual. I have a problem with sticking things in my eye. I get all nervous. any suggestions? I think it would be cool too with contacts, you can change the color of your eyes.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on June 29, 2011:

My eyesight is failing and I know how horrible it is. I don't think I would opt for contact lenses. Soon I have to get glasses.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on June 26, 2011:

ThePracticalMommy - thanks so much for your comment. I have not yet tried the ones you can wear overnight - may have to check them out. It would be nice to be able to see right away in the morning!

Marissa from United States on June 26, 2011:

Since I have found contacts, especially the kind you can wear overnight, I have vowed never to wear glasses again! You're right; they are so much better than wearing glasses any day. Nice hub :)

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