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Glasses or Contact Lenses – You Decide, by Andrea Brunet

Sun, Jul 15, 2012

Healthcare, Home, Leisure, Lifestyle, Money, Technology

It may start as a slight squint of the eyes to focus on an object of interest in the distance, but you write it off as sunlight in your line of vision or a merciless glare from a television screen.  It happens again while driving; night time driving has suddenly become exhausting as you strain your eyes to navigate the curves of the road.   

These scenarios are all too familiar to millions of people diagnosed with impaired vision. Age, frequent exposure to computer screens, genetics and eye injuries are common culprits contributing to a reduction in the quality of one’s eyesight.  Age is inevitably a leading reason for its deterioration, and the most populous generation, the Baby Boomers, (the moniker for those born between 1946 and 1964) have begun to experience diminished eyesight due to this reason.  As Baby Boomers have honed a reputation for being notoriously youthful and energetic, aging is more of an inconvenience than a simple matter of fact.  A diagnosis of decreased eyesight typically leads to an optometric prescription for corrective lenses.   Some patients choose corrective eye surgery, such as laser-based surgery, in order to reverse their decreased vision.  For those whom this invasive procedure is either financially unattainable or not recommended due to their specific diagnosis, eyeglasses or contact lenses are the available options for eyesight correction.

This generation’s eyeglasses and contact lens wearers seek practicability and function, while remaining youthful in appearance.  There are pros and cons to either election, but weighing the options of both choices may assist in making decisions based on cost, convenience and what best complements an individual’s lifestyle.

If a wearer only requires vision correction for specific situations, such as viewing a computer screen, reading or for driving, eyeglasses would be the best choice as the eyesight only needs to be assisted for specific types of viewing activities.  Those who have been diagnosed with Presbyopia may benefit most from wearing eyeglasses fitted with bifocal lenses.  This degenerative condition causes a progressively diminished ability to focus on objects close to the eye.  Additionally, those individuals diagnosed with dust and pollen allergies may find eyeglasses to be a better suitable option to assist with correcting their eyesight as contact lenses may irritate the wearer’s eyes when the allergy symptoms include watery and itchy eyes. 

Contact lenses may be better suited for individuals who have been diagnosed with a stable eye condition that is not rapidly worsening, such as near or far-sightedness. If the users have been prescribed to wear corrective lenses throughout their waking hours, contacts may be more suitable than eyeglasses.  Contact lenses are also convenient for wearers with active lifestyles; eyeglasses may slip from the wearer’s face, break due to an impact or may become foggy during physical activities.  Contact lenses have many available selections for users; some lenses may be worn for many weeks with very little care involved for the lenses during wear and others are specially designed for sensitive or dry eyes and have been reputed to causing very little or no discomfort during extensive wear.  For those who frequently travel, contact lenses may be the  more convenient choice as the risk of breakage or loss associated with eyeglasses will not be an issue.

The benefit to either choice is that many Vision Plan Insurance carriers will cover for the entirety or at least a great portion of prescribed corrective lenses.  It is recommended that anyone seeking eye care and corrective lenses should research his or her insurance plan initially to ensure coverage and then weigh in the options available that would best suit his or her specific lifestyle.

Author Bio: This is a guest post written by Andrea on behalf of Replacemycontacts.com, an online retail of contact lenses from major brands like acuvue oasys, freshlook, and many more.

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