Glasses or Contacts? Why You Might Need Both

Should you get glasses or contacts? This is a question you might be asking yourself, and it’s one our team at Benjamin Optical hears it often.

Simply telling you to get one or the other isn’t that easy, as both types of corrective lenses offer unique benefits. That’s why you might need both.

Let’s go over the pros and cons of glasses and contacts, and why having both can open up a world of opportunities.

Glasses: pros and cons

Glasses have many pros, but they also come with some cons.


First off, glasses provide protection for your eyes, blocking airborne particles and pollen from entering them. This is especially helpful if you have dry eyes.

Eyeglasses don’t require nearly as much maintenance compared to contact lenses. You normally don’t have to wash them daily, you don’t need a special cleaning solution, and there’s no eye-touching involved. Glasses are also far easier to put on and take off.

And, as long as your vision doesn’t change, you only have to come in for a follow-up once a year to check your prescription. This makes glasses the cheaper option, overall.


For some, glasses are uncomfortable. They may add extra weight to your nose and can put pressure on your ears.

One of the most common complaints about glasses is they fog up in the rain and when it gets cold. And when it rains, water splatters all over your lenses and makes it harder to see.

Having glasses can make playing sports tough as well because they may fall off your face and break. Certain activities, like yoga, are also challenging with glasses.

Contacts: pros and cons

Contacts, like glasses, have their advantages and drawbacks.


With contact lenses, there’s no need to worry about fogginess or water splatters. If you play sports and live a very active lifestyle, having contacts lets you enjoy these activities without worrying about your glasses.

Contacts offer many simple luxuries as well, like being able to show off your beautiful eyes!


Unlike glasses, contacts require quite a bit of maintenance. You have to wash your hands before handling them, and when you take them out, you have to clean them thoroughly with a cleaning solution designed for contacts.

Contact lenses also make it more likely to get an eye infection. Handling them with dirty hands or putting them in without disinfecting them exposes your eyes to dirt, dust, and harmful bacteria. And you have to remove them every time you swim or shower, which can be an inconvenience.

Lastly, contacts cost much more than glasses down the road. Not only will you need to buy contact cleaning solutions, but you also might need to visit us more often to get them replaced.

Why having both can benefit you

When it comes to choosing glasses or contacts, your preferences and lifestyle are the deciding factors. But, fortunately, you don’t have to limit your choice to just one. Both can come in handy in certain situations and during certain events.

Glasses and contacts for fashion

Glasses make a great fashion accessory, but for some, glasses don’t complement their evening attire. This is where contacts come in.

Whether glasses or contacts are your key fashion accessories, having them both gives you more options when attending social events.

Active lifestyle

Being active is critical for good health, and although many people have no problem exercising in glasses, others may prefer contacts because they don’t have to worry about damaging their frames or getting sweat on their lenses.

Glasses make it difficult to play sports as well. Basketball, for example, involves many quick turns, physical contact, and a lot of running. All of this makes it easier for your glasses to fall or get knocked off.

So, if you’re athletic and enjoy playing sports, don’t let glasses hinder your enjoyment. Just schedule an appointment at Benjamin Optical and we can set you up with contact lenses!

Glasses and contacts have their own environmental benefits

Depending on your environment, wearing glasses may provide more benefits and comfort, and vice versa.

During the winter, when it’s windy and the air is dry, glasses might be the better option. They can prevent wind from drying out and irritating your eyes, which is helpful if you frequently have dry eye symptoms.

But in the summer, contacts may be the better choice because you can wear sunglasses. While there are prescription sunglasses available, not every insurance plan covers them.

In the end, having both glasses and contacts can make aspects of your life more enjoyable. To learn more about contacts and eyeglasses, call Benjamin Optical today or book an appointment online at one of our four offices in New York.

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