Contacts vs Glasses

So hey, this is going to be a rambly kind of post, but I want to know your thoughts on this. Those of you with 20/20 vision, you can weigh in too, but I’m mostly talking to all my buddies out there with short/long sighted vision.

For the longest time I have worn glasses. Since I first visited the optician when I was 8 and prescribed them. I never used to wear them full time until high school when I realized just how blind I was without them. I could never see what was on the board.

Then, my sister got contacts with money she earned from her part time job. I decided that I too would like contacts. But my parents said I had to pay for them myself like Jo. So I waited (for ever) till I got a job, and got to try contacts. Now, at first, I hated them. Poking your eye on a daily basis, putting a tiny sphere in your eye, then squeezing and removing it at the end of the day. It felt weird, and it took me 20 minutes to get them in/out. People at school also kept asking me why I wasn’t wearing my glasses. But within a few days, I got used to them. I could do it quickly, and I loved not wearing glasses. I didn’t see the frame outline out of the corner of my eye, it was like I had correct vision!!

As time went on, I phased out my glasses and wore contacts full time all the way through uni. People didn’t even know I wore glasses, until one day I was randomly wearing it cause I forgot to order contacts. That surprised people. This was also the time I started getting into makeup (very little at first). I loved playing with my eyes. Eyeshadow, Mascara, eventually Eyeliner. Then when I had to wear glasses, it would get annoying (i didn’t know about curlers at the time).

Finally, a few years back, my eyes would constantly get bloodshot and red. I changed contact solution but it kept happening. So I saw the optician, and he said my eyes were fine. I ended up getting sick of my eyes being red and bloodshot, so I stopped wearing contacts and my eyes cleared up. I started wearing glasses full time again.

Now, I go back and forth. It is pretty much down to preference. There are many cool glasses frames out there, more than there used to be.



However, I still prefer contacts. But when I put them in, around 6-8 hours in, my eyes feel tired and I can see them going red. If I wear contacts two days in a row, my eyes get bloodshot again which annoys me. So I’ve become accustomed to wearing glasses full time, but I prefer contacts. On important days (hello wedding!), I knew I had to wear contacts, definitely not glasses.

With contacts, I don’t have to constantly push my glasses up my nose (I still do it though, which means I just poke my eye for no reason). With contacts, I don’t have to adjust my makeup accordingly to my glasses. With contacts, people have no idea that I’m short-sighted, I can fool them all. I just wish my eyes didn’t get annoyed with them for some reason. But hey, that’s just me.

 contact lens case

What do you guys prefer? Glasses or contacts? Any reason why?

19 thoughts on “Contacts vs Glasses

  1. I’m very much the same as you, I flit between contacts and glasses! I’m wearing my glasses a lot more now I have to get up at 5:20 for work and I just cannot put lenses in that early!! People always ask me why I haven’t had laser eye surgery but I can’t say I’m that bothered about wearing glasses or contacts – in fact I like changing up my look! Have you considered laser? x


    1. I prefer contacts but they irritate my eyes if I wear them for too long! I dont mind wearing glasses but if i can avoid it I would. I have considered laser eye surgery. But it’s expensive and the process scares me a little ? Maybe one day though


  2. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was about 16, and I’ve got used to it now. I tried contact lenses a couple of years ago because I knew I wanted them for my graduation, but I really struggled with them. It would take me forever to get them in, then my eyes would just feel sore and dry after 3-4 hours that in the end I’ve just decided not to bother anymore. I used to do what you said all the time though, pushing my glasses up even though I didn’t have them on!

    I’ve just got used to glasses now and don’t think I’d ever go to contacts full time. They’re expensive and a bit of a faff! I think I may still think about contacts for special things, maybe my MSc graduation and wedding if/when it comes to it, but for now I’m happy with my glasses!


    1. That’s fair. I know quite a few people like that. It took me a week to get used to contacts. Then I would wear them for 10-12 hours a day. I think i just exhausted my eyes which is why I had to go back to glasses ?


  3. I went my whole life with 20/20 vision, but recently I have been told that I will need reading glasses within a year. I know as I do not wear glasses or contacts, there is only so much opinion I can have, but I really like both. I would not say one is better than the other – I see it as them just being different. It is nice that glasses have more styles now and a much wider option.


    1. It’s true that glasses have a lot more range now. Growing up i only had one so i got sick of the frame really fast since i had it for 10+years and that’s why i loved contacts so much. They both do the same job for you essentially, it’s definitely a preference thing ?


  4. Sat there nodding my head so much then. I remember in high school panicking because I couldn’t read what was on the maths board, and I was such a wuss about getting told off I never considered it might be my sight, I just kept thinking about being shouted at ? then the awkwardness of going into glasses. I didn’t get contacts until I was in college probably, but like you I’ve switched back and forth; pushing up fantom glasses. But after a few hours my eyes get really sore, just tired and dry, so for eye comfort I prefer glasses, for everything else I prefer contacts. I’ve always said if someone was willing to give me money for cosmetic surgery the first thing I’d do is get laser eye surgery! So anyone who wants to take me up on that offer….?? ?


    1. Haha, I’m glad we all have similar glasees and contacts struggles. I do prefer contacts but glasses are more comfier for the eyes. I would totally consider laser eye surgery except for the whole price tag of it all ? So if someone is willing to pay for the both of us, I’d be keen ?


  5. I have had glasses for four years now and at first I hated them SO much! I have only now slowly started to be okay with them but I still really want contacts.. I just can’t handle my fingers near my eyes so yeah I will probably never be able to wear contacts so I am stuck with my glasses. xx


    1. They do take a while to get used to them. I have slowly been getting used to them now that I’m wearing them more, but I do prefer contacts. It took me a while to get used to putting something in my eye though!


  6. I started wearing contacts when I turned 15 and have preferred them ever since! Took forever to find a brand my eyes liked though and I have recently switched to one use contacts so I throw them out after I wear them rather than deal with solution.


  7. I recently had to start wearing reading glasses from “tired eye.” The joy of office work for so long eventually kills your eyes. Though I don’t need prescriptions, I don’t think I could poke my eyes like that. I would say the convenience of glasses because you can pick your frames and still have amazing make up, but mine is a matter of convenience.


    1. Ah yes. I feel like most people end up having to wear glasses for some reason or another ?
      I used to hate the idea of contacts but I got used to it. Glasses do have more range, but I still prefer wearing contacts as they’re more discreet ?


  8. I loved having contacts in high school, I started wearing them every day once I got my first pack. When I started doing shift work I went back to glasses and contacts are pretty uncomfortable for me now. My eye doctor told me that I am right on the brink of needed to change to contacts for astigmatism but I can technically wear either, but I don’t want to pay extra for astigmatism contacts! I only bother with them for special occasions now.


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