Choosing your eye wear

So, you're eyes are not quite what they could be. You've sat through an eye exam, eagerly reading letters off a chart, picking out the closest dots and cheerfully sporting a range of lenses while your optometrist gazes into the depths of your baby blues. But, once it's all over, your optometrist suggests you need a little help. What now?

If this is the first time you've flunked an eye exam, don't be alarmed. Advances in eye wear mean you're not going to be saddled with a pair of geeky frames. In fact, whatever your tastes, you'll be spoiled for choice when fitting out your prescription.

Glasses versus contacts

The main choice you'll be faced with once your optometrist has finalised your prescription is whether to support your eyes with a pair of frames (be they sleek, trendy or purely practical), or to opt for the oh so subtle assistance of contact lenses. While both improve your sight by bending the light hitting your eyes, not all eye conditions can be treated by both glasses and contacts, and your optometrist will be able to advise you if there are any limitations on your choices. Beyond the physical characteristics of your particular peepers, there are several other factors to consider.

The perks of contacts

Contact wearers swear by them for several reasons. First, they're invisible. You can wear them at the gym or run through a rain storm without them flying off or fogging up, and of course they go with everything in your wardrobe. Because they sit against your eye, contacts also offer the added benefit of actually increasing your range of vision, which is a fantastic perk if you long to be truly eagle eyed.

The perks of glasses

Anyone regularly donning glasses will be similarly wholehearted in their support for frames. First, glasses don't need to be replaced as often as contacts do, making them a far more economical choice. If you're a little squeamish about touching your eyeballs, glasses may be the best choice for you and, because they don't rest right against your eyes, they don't pose the problems of irritated eyes that some wearers face with contacts. Another consideration is your lifestyle. If you spend a lot of time on the computer, or often find yourself falling asleep on the couch, glasses will outstrip contacts every time. 

In the end, both contacts and glasses are fantastic choices and, whatever you choose, you'll soon wonder how you ever got by without them.