A personal Experience on Wearing Contacts vs. Glasses
“It’s been a long journey to where I am with wearing glasses, and I flip-flopped between glasses and contacts a lot. Growing up, being an athlete was the entire reason I got contacts in the first place. Soccer isn’t exactly a glasses-friendly sport and I didn’t want to have to buy or wear goggles when there was another option. However, clear vision was necessary to see how volleyballs and Frisbees spin in the air.
So, when my vision started interfering with my sports performance, my mother dutifully brought me to the ophthalmologist. She patiently waited for the half-hour it took me to get my first contact in. That was back in middle school and was the beginning of my transition to using contacts full time. For the next five to six years, I wore contacts every single day, all day long.
Contacts are great and convenient in many ways. But, as a college student, I’ve actually found that sports and formal events are nearly the only time I put them in. Glasses vs contacts’ has always been a debatable topic between different age groups. Different people had different opinions on their chosen side. As someone who used to find wearing glasses to be extremely annoying, unattractive, and impractical, here are the top six reasons I’ve slowly grown to love them.
1. Easy Napping
During my freshman year of college, I would usually take on average 2 quick catnaps a day… before noon. I had to leave at 7 for my morning class. Yet, I was also still spending my nights exploring a new city and atmosphere of college. I was always super tired, every day, and often took every opportunity I had to nap. And glasses are much easier to nap with than contacts; just pop ‘em off and place them next to you and drift off. Glasses are the answer to the question ‘how to sleep better?’.
2. Morning routine
When I wake up with puffy, sleepy eyes, prying my tired lids open to stick contacts in is the last thing I want to do. Transitioning to wearing glasses regularly made my morning routine so much easier. Though the time may be insignificant, not having to worry about contacts makes my morning routine much less stressful.
3. Messy Makeup
Giving myself 10 minutes to get ready after snoozing, no way am I able to make sure my eyeliner is perfectly symmetrical. Wearing glasses honestly draws my attention away from any imperfect makeup and makes me a lot less self-conscious about any mishaps I may have had in the morning.
4. Light Packing
Contact lenses have always been a pain for me to travel with. I have to make sure I bring enough contacts (if they’re dailies), or worry about how many to bring in case I lose or rip a pair of my 2 weeks. I have to find a travel-sized bottle of contact solution and try not to lose the contact cases I have in my toiletries bag. Not to mention, if it’s a spontaneous night spent somewhere you’re not expecting, it’s a lot easier to be able to see the next morning if you were wearing glasses than if you had to throw out a pair of contacts.
Similar to the whole “napping” issue, glasses are just a lot more low key than contacts. You don’t have to worry about dry or irritated eyes. They’re much faster and easier to put on/take off than contacts are. As someone who has packed days with studying and jumping on a bike to explore a new part of town, glasses are much more versatile and comfortable for me.
6. Finding the Right Pair
I still pop in a pair of contacts for formal events or if I want to look nice for pictures. However, finding the right pair of glasses has made me much more willing to wear them. Making sure the shape of the frames compliments your face. If you need help with that check out this awesome guide.
Also, try the 3D Try-On feature of SmartBuyGlasses called Ditto which enables you to virtually try your favorite pair of glasses. Finding the right style can also make such a big difference. The perfect pair of glasses can be your best and most flattering accessory, and there are times when I would rather wear my glasses purely for the aesthetic of it! And, if you’re worried whether or not you’ll be able to pull off your favorite makeup look while wearing glasses- don’t worry, you definitely can. If you’re convinced that glasses are now for you, and you’re looking for some fresh new frames, then here are a few of my favorites that really add value to any look.
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