Contact Lenses vs Glasses

FG Contacts Feel Good Team
Tuesday, 25 January 2022 Share this blog: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy link Copy Link

Is it better to wear glasses or contacts? Are contact lenses safe? We understand it can be difficult to decide which option is best for you. The answer will depend on several factors, which we break down for you in this blog. We’ll compare the advantages and disadvantages of each option to help you make a decision. You’ll also discover the different types of lenses for glasses, the most affordable options and the 6 reasons why it’s better to wear contact lenses, especially for those that use a computer regularly.

Is it better to wear glasses or contacts?

It’s an argument as heated as cats vs dogs, Beatles vs Stones and crunchy peanut butter vs smooth. Some will opt for a combination of the two, whilst others have a solid preference for one and stick to it.

There are benefits to wearing both contact lenses and glasses, so it can be challenging to decide which option is better suited to you. There are a lot of myths about contact lenses that prevent people from trying them; however, lenses are safe to wear if maintained properly. Two weekly and monthly contact lenses must be cleaned and stored correctly to maintain your eye health and avoid eye infections.

Are contacts more expensive than glasses?

The price of contact lenses varies depending on a wide range of factors, including what brand you opt for, whether you go for monthlies or dailies, and the lens's technology. Daily wear disposable lenses are usually the most expensive because they offer convenience as they can be disposed of at the end of the day. Monthly and two weekly lenses are more affordable than dailies.

Glasses are definitely more affordable over time compared to lenses. Although, you can buy our comfi Daily Disposable contact lenses (5 pack) for as little as £1.99. Whatever contacts you decide to opt for, we stock the best range of lenses at the lowest prices in the UK. To be sure of this, we also offer a Price Match Guarantee.

Is it better to wear glasses or contacts while on the computer?

Staring excessively at a computer screen reduces the number of times we blink; this can cause dry, irritated eyes regardless of whether you wear glasses or contact lenses. Wearing glasses in front of a computer is beneficial when they are fitted with a blue light filter, or if they are anti-glare glasses to help protect your eyes. Contact lenses are fine to wear in front of the computer, provided they are highly breathable and hold a high water content to maintain hydration and moisture. In addition, a highly porous lens (made of silicone hydrogel) will help increase the supply of oxygen going into your eyes and keep them refreshed.

Are contact lenses safe?

The latest innovations in eye technology make contact lenses extremely safe, and as long as you follow a thorough eye care routine, you shouldn’t encounter any problems. Most lenses are now made of silicone hydrogel, which allows a higher oxygen level to reach the cornea. As a result, many problems which became prominent in the 90s, including dry eye, are no longer as big a concern.

Types of Lenses for Glasses

There are a variety of lenses for glasses to suit a range of needs and lifestyles. This includes single-vision lenses, bifocal lenses and varifocal contact lenses. However, they can distort peripheral vision as they sit about 12mm from your eyes.

6 reasons to try contact lenses

Still not sure of which one to choose? If you’re pro-glasses and have never considered contact lenses, it might be worth reading these 6 reasons why you should break free from frames and consider giving lenses a go.

1. They’re great for active people

Contact lenses offer the most efficient eyewear solution for keen athletes and active individuals who enjoy playing sports. They don’t move around when your head or eyes move, meaning you won’t have to worry about them falling out and potentially breaking. Contact lenses rarely escape from the eye socket, and on the incredibly rare occasion they do (most commonly if a wearer rubs their eyes too hard), they’re very difficult to break. Contact lenses are most certainly more ideal than glasses for those who live an active lifestyle.

Less obstructive than glasses, contacts also won’t interfere with safety gear such as helmets, caps and goggles.

contact lenses are great for active people

2. Clearer vision

Contacts sit comfortably on the eye's curvature, giving you excellent focus and a wider field of view than glasses. Your lenses won’t be affected by more adverse weather conditions such as fog and rain, while they also won’t steam up in hotter conditions. Reflections and distortions that can arise with glasses will become a thing of the past, and you won’t have to worry about scratches to the lens that would otherwise have you forking out for a new pair of spectacles. Therefore, if you'd like a clearer field of vision, we recommend contact lenses.

3. You can get creative

Whilst you can choose from a wide range of glasses to suit your face shape, contact lenses will allow you to change your eye colour. They come in an array of shades that will enable you to temporarily and safely change the colour of your eyes. Whether you want a more natural and subtle change or to stand out from the crowd, we offer a fantastic range of coloured contact lenses from Acuvue, Air Optix and FreshLook.

4. You don’t have to compromise on style

A stylish pair of glasses can certainly complement your look, but they can also get in the way, particularly if you wear eye makeup. Many people who wear glasses have to opt for light-reactive lenses to protect their eyes from UV rays. As well as being expensive, they don’t come in the versatile and fashionable range that sunglasses do.

woman applying mascara

5. Comfort

Contact lenses are available for even the most specific of prescriptions. You’ll find a wide range of lenses on the market for vision correction. There are toric lenses for astigmatism and multifocal contacts for those who require multiple prescriptions in one lens to correct blurry vision caused by presbyopia. Those with vision problems and refractive errors no longer need to suffer. Even sensitive eyes can enjoy maximum comfort with our comfi Pure 1 Day contact lenses, perfectly suited for those who often suffer from dry eyes.

6. Life is just easier

For starters, it’s easier to kiss, as contacts won’t get in the way of those sweet moments like some clunky spectacles could. You can also ride roller coasters without worrying your glasses will fall off, and you also won’t have to deal with lens glare next time you take a selfie. We think those are all excellent reasons to wear contacts instead of glasses.

What are the pros and cons of contact lenses and glasses?

Glasses can be a stylish option, with many frame sizes, silhouettes and colours/patterns to choose from. However, wearing your specs while playing sports can result in a broken frame, so not a practical choice for all occasions. Lenses also have some drawbacks, but on the whole, they are well suited to most people and can be an excellent way of correcting your vision.

pros and cons of contact lenses

Lenses recommended for dry eyes/sensitive eyes

1 Day Acuvue Moist


1 Day Acuvue Moist is one of the most popular lenses due to its hydrating feel, comfort and convenience. These daily lenses use Lacreon technology to help keep moisture at the surface of the lens.

Lenses recommended for comfort and affordability

comfi Daily Disposable


comfi Daily Disposable contact lenses are soft hydrogel lenses that promise comfort and moisture all day long. These handy daily lenses can be thrown away at the end of each day, making them a hygienic choice. Great for first-time lens wearers.

You may also like