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Bifocal Contacts vs. Glasses

When it comes to needing corrective lenses, we all have a preference between contacts and glasses. Whether you choose glasses for the sake of ease or fashion, or contacts because you don’t want anything to get in the way of others seeing your gorgeous eyes, we’ve got you covered. But if you’re not sure which option is best for you, we can help with that, too.

What are bifocal lenses?

First of all, what are bifocals? Bifocals are lenses that have two different powers — one on top and one on the bottom — that are divided by a line in the middle. The top half of the lens is for distance, while the bottom half is for reading. 

You may also elect to get progressive lenses, which still have different powers, but instead of the line in the middle, they just have a smooth transition between the powers. Bifocals can be made into glasses or contact lenses.

Benefits of glasses

What’s great about glasses is how easy they are to put on, take off, and maintain. If you’re in a rush, you can just grab them and go. They don’t need any special cleaning solutions like contacts do. They’re accessible to everyone and are considered the safest way to correct your vision — they don’t touch your eyes or put you at risk of infection. 

Your glasses might even be a big part of your look or personality. Some people have multiple pairs of glasses to fit each mood or season.

Perhaps the biggest perk of wearing glasses is that you don’t have to touch your eyes. Using contacts requires you to practice putting in and taking out your lenses. For many people, touching their eyes is a no-go. If you fall into that category, glasses may be the better option for you.

Benefits of contacts

While contacts may take more care and upkeep than glasses, they can offer a better field of view and can be more convenient when it comes to certain professions or activities you love. Contacts move with your eyes, so no part of your view is obstructed. They also offer better peripheral vision, as the globe-shaped lens sits right on top of your eye. Gone are the days of blurry side-views.

If you’re an athlete, or just enjoy playing football with the family every now and again, you won’t have to worry about your lenses falling off or not being able to see as clearly as you need to. What’s more, your contacts won’t fog up in humid or cold weather like glasses will. Everyone with glasses knows that struggle all too well.

The most important thing to know about contacts is how to keep them clean. It’s imperative that you wash your hands before touching your lenses, and that you clean them off with your doctor-recommended solution. Improper contact lens care can lead to serious eye infections. Nobody wants that!

It may take some extra time to get used to your contact lenses, but if you don’t like the way glasses feel on your ears or nose, you don’t like the way you look in them, or they’re inconvenient for your career, then contacts may be the way to go.


Whichever choice you make, Dr. Nicholas Rutkowski and the rest of our dedicated team are here to help. Our offices are conveniently located in Frankfort and Bourbonnais, Illinois. Give us a call or send us a message to schedule an appointment. Whether we’re fitting you for glasses or teaching you proper contact care, we’re looking forward to bringing you clearer vision!

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