This is a topic I have spoken about before. Yes, the blog is about eyewear but it also covers topics that concerns us glasses wearing peeps that don’t have perfect 20/20 vision. I have been wearing glasses for 26 years and I have been wearing contact lenses for 20 years. I have got experience with both and recently I also explored laser eye surgery for my own curiosity.

Glasses. Specs. Goggles. Whatever you call your corrective eyewear, you may be wondering if there is another way to fix your sight.

More than half of individuals in the UK wear spectacles. Some wear them all day every day, while others use them just for activities such as reading, driving or using a computer.

While glasses can be used to elevate your personal style, others find them cumbersome and they can also get in the way if you like to play sports or exercise.

So here are the two main alternatives to wearing glasses and a little info on each.

Contact lenses

By far and away the most popular alternative to glasses is contact lenses. They offer the sight correction of glasses but give the appearance of not wearing them, as they sit directly on your eyeball.

How do they work?

Contact lenses work essentially in the same way as glasses do, by refracting light to correct eyesight issues. As they come into direct contact with your eyes, there are a number of considerations, including keeping your eyes hydrated – either with eye drops or by only using lenses when they are absolutely needed.

Pros and cons

  • Contacts move with your eye, so offer a fuller field of corrected vision compared to glasses – where your peripheral vision may not be helped.
  • They enable you to play sports or exercise without anything getting in the way.
  • Much more maintenance is required with contacts – both for the lenses themselves and your eyes. Failing to do so could greatly affect your health.
  • Lenses may not always be fully effective for people with certain conditions, such as astigmatism.

Laser eye surgery

A procedure to permanently fix eyesight issues. Provided you do not have underlying health conditions, this will remove the need to wear glasses or contact lenses.

What are the alternatives to wearing glasses?

What are the alternatives to wearing glasses?

How does it work?

Surgeons will reshape the cornea of an eye using machinery, providing the same refractive correction that glasses and lenses perform – albeit within your actual eyes.

Pros and cons

  • A permanent fix. There is no need for any corrective eyewear afterwards, so none of the limitations of glasses or the maintenance hassle of lenses.
  • No ongoing costs, such as eye tests, new glasses etc. Once you have had your operation, your eyes should be fixed for good.
  • The surgery is expensive and you may need to dip into savings in order to get it. You may also need to save up for a long time to get it, during which time you will need to keep paying for eye tests and glasses/lenses as required.
  • You will need to take time off work as you recover from the operation. There are also slight risks that the surgery may not work or that it could have negative effects on your sight.

In a nutshell whether you want to stick to glasses, wear contact lenses or have laser eye surgery, it really is a personal choice. There are pros and cons to each of the options, therefore at the end of the day, it really is down to personal preference as to what route you choose to take. For me I am happy switching between glasses and contact lenses because laser eye surgery simply freaks me out.

Note: This is a collaborative blog post. Thank you for reading 🙂