Eye glasses & contact lenses. What's the difference?

Cosmesis. For most people, it is a matter of cosmetics. Some people do not like to wear glasses. For a few people, contacts provide better vision than glasses can. There are also some eye conditions where adequate vision can only be achieved with hard contacts. See your eye doctor for a more detailed discussion as it pertains to you.
Similar. Both contain a prescription to correct the underlying refractive error. Contacts obviously rests on the eye and gives the wearer a more natural view of the world. Glasses correct vision, but peripheral vision can be limited by the edge of the frame.

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What are the pros of eye glasses over contact lenses?

Convenience. Eyeglasses do not disturb the physiology of the front of the eye and are convenient to use and take on and off. Contacts require more care, can cause some risk if the regimen for wearing and cleaning is not followed well. However some conditions can only be properly corrected with contacts. See your ophthalmologist to sort this out. Read more...
Glasses vs contacts. First of all, glasses are cheaper and there are no side effects to glasses. They're very easy to use and can offer protection to your eyes. Contact lenses, only offer cosmetic advantages, except in very rare eye conditions, which are solely treated with contacts, but those are rare. Contact lenses need to be cared for & fit properly, are more expensive, & can have side effects or even intolerance. Read more...

Is there a certain amount of time you have to wear eye glasses before wearing contact lenses?

No. It does make sense to be wearing glasses full time prior to changing to contact lenses. Even if you wear contact lenses, it is important to have a backup pair of glasses to use just in case you develop an infection , or allergic problem that requires a break in your contact lens wear. Read more...

Are contact lenses better than eye glasses if you have a high prescription?

yes. Contact lenses can minimize the image minification ( images are made smaller) that eyeglasses produce when someone is very nearsighted. Conversely, patients who are very nearsighted, or a phakic, and require a high plus lens will have image magnification. This is also minimized by contact lenses. In addition, contact lenses can correct mild degrees of astigmatism from the cornea. Read more...
Yes. Less distortion see an ophthalmologist for complete evaluation. Read more...
More natural. The vision you obtain with contact lenses mimicks your natural vision. The difference between spectacle correction and contact lenses is greater the stronger the prescription is. Read more...

Is it possible to change the eye color using implantable contact lenses and correct my vision at the same time? I am a healthy male aged 27. I have moderate myopia which needs vision correction with eye glasses or contact lenses. Can implantable contact l

Your . Your myopia can be corrected, but you will continue to have the same eye color. Only standard contact lenses, worn on the eye surface, can potentially change your eye color. Read more...
Colored Contact lens. There are colored contact lenses that have a power in them to correct the vision. These typically cost more and are not as comfortable as regular contact lenses. There is no implantable device to permanently change your eye color. Read more...