Why You Should Switch to Glasses Now and Then

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Why You Should Switch to Glasses Now and Then

Around 45 million Americans wear contact lenses, both for comfort and the convenience of not having to wear glasses all the time. You enjoy wearing contacts and have no problems with them; you keep your lenses clean so that you don't get eye infections and only wear your glasses when you absolutely have to.

Even if your contact lenses don't trouble you and your eye doctor gives you the OK to wear them as often as you do, there are still benefits to wearing your glasses and putting your contact lenses away for a while. Here are just a few reasons why you should switch to regular glasses now and then

You Give Your Eyes a Break

Unless you wear extended wear contact lenses, you should only wear your contacts for up to 12 hours a day. Any longer and you risk making your eyes dry and irritable. Switching to glasses, particularly when you are involved in activities where you can experience eye strain and dryness (such as sitting at a laptop for several hours or reading a book), can give your eyes more room to breathe and reduce dry eye symptoms.

You Protect Your Vision

Repeated contact lens use (and abuse) can actually weaken your vision, causing your prescription to change more often. While your prescription can change as you get older due to age and other reasons, wearing your glasses more frequently can reduce eye strain and allow you to maintain your current prescription longer. Speak to your eye doctor if you have the following symptoms:

  • Trouble focusing on small words
  • Blurry or unclear vision
  • Eye strain
  • Issues with bright lights

These issues may feel more severe when you are wearing contacts versus your glasses and are signs that your vision may be changing. Your optometrist will examine your eyes, including your blood vessels and tear ducts, to ensure your contact lens wear is not hurting your eyes or worsening your vision.

Katy Lenahan