Glasses Or Contacts?

When it comes to corrective eyewear, the choice usually boils down to glasses or contacts.  It’s important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of each, so you can make the best decision for you and your family.


Traditionally, glasses have been more cumbersome and less trendy than uncovered eyes. However, in recent years glasses have gained popularity, with celebrities opting to wear frames without lenses as a fashion statement.  The wide variety of available frames gives you the opportunity to express your personality through your eyewear.

Both glasses and contacts will help correct your vision, but glasses will most likely last longer. One or two pair of eyeglasses can last several years if they are cared for properly, while contacts need to be replaced more regularly in order to prevent infection.

On the other hand, glasses can be easy to lose, have fewer benefits for your peripheral vision, and can fog up when you enter a steamy room.


Contacts are placed directly on the eye, and therefore they avoid many of the pitfalls of regular glasses. You’ll have a wider range of peripheral vision, and you don’t have to deal with the discomfort of frames on your nose and your ears.

Contacts can also be a good choice for people who play sports or do a lot of physical activity. With glasses, you’d have to worry about them getting knocked off or broken, but with contacts you’re free to rough it and have fun.

As a fashion statement, contacts are great for people who don’t like the way they look in glasses. You can even get contacts that change your eye color, if you like the idea of having purple, blue, deep brown, or other colors of eyes.

Contacts can cause infection if you don’t clean them properly or if you don’t replace them often. Not all contacts are the same, and some last longer than others, but you won’t be able to keep your contacts indefinitely. There’s also the discomfort of putting them in and taking them out—some people aren’t comfortable with the idea of poking at their eyes, which makes glasses a better option for them.

Which Is Cheaper—Eyeglasses Or Contacts?

Contacts are generally more expensive than glasses, mostly because they need to be replaced more often. However, the difference in cost between the two isn’t that large.  However, depending on the frames you choose (designer vs. basic), glasses can end up costing more than contacts.

Both contacts and glasses will require a visit to the eye doctor, which can be expensive if you don’t have vision insurance. Without insurance, a typical eye exam costs $152 on average. When you add to that the cost of glasses or contacts, it can start to get quite expensive.

How Can I Cut The Cost?

Because both glasses and contacts can be rather expensive, it is important to consider the options for lowering costs and caring for your eyesight more economically.

One of the best ways for you to lower the costs of eye care is to invest in vision insurance from VSP Individual Vision Plans.  Whether you decide on glasses or contacts, your vision insurance will help reduce the costs and supplement your available funding for eye care.

Is Vision Insurance Worth The Price?

Considering the cost of a visit to the eye doctor and the actual purchase of your glasses or contacts, vision insurance can be an extremely useful tool for improving your eyesight without breaking the bank.  As you start the search for your perfect eye accessory, take a look at the VSP Individual Vision Plans insurance services and start your journey toward better eye care. Our vision insurance plan wizard can help find the best vision plan for you.

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