Vision Correction That Isn't Spooky: Four Reasons To Choose Glasses Over Other Corrective Methods This October


In the 13th century when the first eyeglasses were invented, these large lenses were the only available option for vision correction. Today there are several other options, but newer isn't always better. 

Here are four reasons why you should choose eyeglasses over contacts or LASIK this October.

No Side Effects

Do you remember the elementary school Halloween carnivals when someone would have you blindly stick your hand in a bowl of slimy peeled grapes and tell you they were eyeballs? Gross, right?

The last thing you want is for your eyes to be slimy like those grapes because of an infection.

Contact lenses have many benefits, but there can also be side effects such as:

  • eye infections 
  • dry eyes
  • a burning sensation
  • allergies (many people are allergic to the material the lenses are made from)

Even though LASIK has improved over the last 50 years, there are still risks associated with any type of surgery especially when you are dealing with something as delicate as your eyes. 

Since wearing glasses doesn't involve anyone or anything actually touching your eyeball, there are really no negative side effects associated with this type of vision correction. 

Fall Allergies

You definitely won't want anything touching your eyeballs if you suffer from seasonal allergies. Most people think allergies are just a springtime affliction, but many people suffer in the all months as well. This is especially the case for those who live in the east and midwest, where ragweed is most common.

If your eyes are constantly red,  itching, and watering during the month of October, then wearing contact lenses will be difficult, if not impossible. If you have glasses, you will still be able to see during the fall months (as long as your eyes aren't watering too much). 

Cost Effective

The third reason is the cost. When you have to choose a method of vision correction during the month of October, you need to remember that the holidays are right around the corner. October is typically a month when many people try to cut spending to save up for gifts and holiday travel. 

Glasses are more cost effective than contact lenses and LASIK surgery. In 2013, the average cost of LASIK was more than $2000 per eye. Eyeglasses, on the other hand, are much more affordable. While the mark-up on designer frames can be high, Consumer Reports found that the median price for a pair of prescription glasses (frames and lenses) is typically between $157 and $244, depending on where you shop. 

Depending on your prescription, contacts typically cost about $22 to $70 per box, and the length of time that it takes you to go through one box depends on the recommendations from your eye doctor. If you replace your contacts about every two weeks, you will go through about five boxes a year per eye. Unlike contacts that have to be replaced frequently (and expensively), eyeglasses only have to be replaced when your prescription changes. Contact a group like San Juans Vision Source for more information.

Halloween Costume Accessory 

If nothing else convinces you, remember that glasses do make an essential accessory to many Halloween costumes. Just think, with glasses you could dress up as Harry Potter, Clark Kent/Superman, Benjamin Franklin, or Napolean Dynamite. Glasses are also an important component if you want to dress as a member of the intelligent Erudite faction from Divergent

For something more generic, you could dress up as a doctor, mad scientist, or librarian—none of these characters would look nearly as smart with out a great pair of glasses. 

No matter what choice you make for vision correction, don't let your faltering vision spook you. People have been using different types of vision correction for centuries, and some of the greatest figures in history (and fiction) wear eyeglasses.


10 October 2014

Learning About Selecting Optical Goods

Hello, my name is Simon. Welcome to my site about optical goods. Until recently, my vision remained at a borderline level, so I only needed glasses for reading. As old age set in, my vision started to rapidly decline. I was given a prescription for stronger lenses that I had to wear full time. Since the prescription drastically changed, I had to take care while selecting the frames and lenses from the various options available at the optician’s office. I will use this site to walk everyone through the eye exam and optical goods selection process. Please feel free to stop by anytime to learn about optical goods.