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Doctor insights on: Eyeglasses Vs Contacts

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Glasses (Definition)

Glasses is a term that describes a pair of lenses that are placed in a frame to be worn to correct faulty vision ...Read more


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What causes pressure in my eyes when i wear sunglasses, eyeglasses and contacts and what can I do about it?

What causes pressure in my eyes when i wear sunglasses, eyeglasses and contacts and what can I do about it?

Eye strain?: Your prescription may be off. Often, an inaccurate prescription will create a pressure sensation, as your eyes try and compensate. I would recommend you have your prescription double checked by your eye doctor. ...Read more

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Do you think I should wear eyeglasses or a contacts to my eye exam?

Do you think I should wear eyeglasses or a contacts to my eye exam?

Not a problem: Wear you glasses or contacts if you need them. Best to have the last prescription with you and the boxes of contacts so the numbers can be entered into the record. Then your vision can be improved and compared with previous numbers. You may be asked to remove the contacts to get the best exam so bring your case and solution. ...Read more

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If my glasses are 3.75, what are my contacts?

Plus or minus: Are they -3.75 or +3.75, and do you need to see at near and distance or distance only. ...Read more

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Is it better to wear glasses than contacts?

Is it better to wear glasses than contacts?

No difference: If your eyes are normal and can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses to good vision, then there is no difference between the two. If your cornea is abnormal, vision is often better with contact lenses. Glasses wear does decrease peripheral vision some but not to a clinically significant amount. ...Read more

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If you get contacts do you also need to get glasses?

If you get contacts do you also need to get glasses?

Yes!: All contact lens wearers need glasses to wear. This is because there must be a backup to the contacts. However the glasses do not need to be the most recent prescription, just something in which you could see well enough to function. ...Read more

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How much does it cost to get glasses and/or contacts?

How much does it cost to get glasses and/or contacts?

Depends: Major cost of glasses is the frame. Glasses can cost between 35 dollars and 800 contact lenses range from 80 to 600. ...Read more

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Could glasses/contacts cause permanent vision changes?

Could glasses/contacts cause permanent vision changes?

Not really: Both glasses and contact are corrective devices for vision correction. It help a person to see clear by correcting refractive error. A person's vision could change with time or under certain conditions. Then the person will need to adjust his/her correction with new glasses or contact lenses. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and costs of wearing contacts versus glasses?

Costs vary, but...: The costs of contacts are variable depending on many factors. The benefits of contacts over glasses are better vision, especially in nearsighted people, no fogging, better peripheral vision and better appearance. Disadvantages are more time and effort to use, increased risk of infection and cost. ...Read more

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Are you supposed to get glasses first, and then try contacts later?

Are you supposed to get glasses first, and then try contacts later?

Usually yes: Typically a spectacle prescription would be first so we could see how the vision improves and have a back up pair of glasses available. Then contact lenses could be tried next. You would always prefer to have a pair of glasses as back up if you wear contacts in case their is a problem that would prevent you from wearing them. Some prescriptions may be better suited to contacts to start. ...Read more

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If i get glasses tomorrow then when would i be able to get contacts?

Not related: You can get contacts anytime. You will need to be evaluated and fitted, but it is not dependent on getting glasses. If you wear contacts, you should always have a pair of glasses as backup in case you need to be out of contacts for medical reasons. ...Read more

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Can people with astigmatism see better through glasses than contacts?

Depends: If there is a lot of astigmatism, then rigid contact lenses provide the best vision. With lesser astigmatism, then glasses and contacts provide similar vision. ...Read more

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Are contacts as good or better than glasses at correcting astigmatism?

Are contacts as good or better than glasses at correcting astigmatism?

Most cases -YES: In most cases your best corrected vision wil be the same as what you see with your glasses. No better / no worse. The only exception might be with gas permeable contacts if you have astigmatism. Some professional baseball players have won major league batting titles wearing gas permeable conact lenses (edgar martinez-seattle mariners). ...Read more

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What could cause my glasses to give me a headache but not my contacts?

What could cause my glasses to give me a headache but not my contacts?

Poor vision: If you wear glasses and are having headaches, you should get your vision checked. Poor vision can cause headaches. Just getting a different pair of glasses can help. ...Read more

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Can I get contacts for driving, even if I only have glasses for reading?

Can I get contacts for driving, even if I only have glasses for reading?

Yes.: If you only have glasses for reading, you are likely presently not wearing glasses for distance. If you are asking about wearing contacts for distance then you must need a correction for distance that you are not wearing. You can either wear a progressive spectacle correction, contacts for distance and keep using your reading glasses, be fit with progressive contact lenses or monovision contacts. ...Read more

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Is it possible for people with bad eyesight get by with just contacts and no glasses?

Yes but not ideal: As long as you clean your contact lenses well and use and replace them as directed, most people can wear them everyday. However, having a pair of glasses is important in case you do have a problem with your eyes or your lenses which means you cannot wear them temporarily. ...Read more

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How come my vision isn't twice as good when I wear my glasses and my contacts together?

How come my vision isn't twice as good when I wear my glasses and my contacts together?

Extra correction!: Unless you have specifically undercorrected with both your contacts and glasses, you essentially doubly correct for your eyesight problem. This does not give you twice as good vision as balanced vision for near and far sight requires specific adjustments. Essentially when using one method, you have normal vision, so another method distorts your vision-like when someone wears your glasses. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Eyeglasses (Definition)

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