Skip navigation to main content.

Save 20% on contact lenses with code SAVE20 plus, FREE shipping*

Contacts vs Glasses

Contacts vs Glasses

If you need vision correction, you might be torn between whether contacts or glasses are the best choices for you. In terms of convenience and cost, there are pros and cons to both of these options. Overall, in the battle of contacts vs. glasses, it really comes down to your personal preference and your lifestyle. Let's take a closer look at both of these options to help you decide which one will suit your needs in the best possible way.

What to Know About Glasses

Eyeglasses come with either single vision lenses or multifocal lenses. Single vision glasses correct issues if you have trouble seeing objects or words at a distance, and multifocal lenses help with near-vision issues like reading. A multifocal lens can either be a bifocal, trifocal, or progressive lenses. Each style helps you see better in a way that's specifically tailored to your condition. In the past, most glasses (lenses) were made of glass but today, they're made of special plastics and other materials that are a lot more lightweight. These new lenses can also be treated with special coatings to do things like preventing glare or block excess blue light to protect your eyes.

Polycarbonate lenses are extremely durable and less likely to shatter if you drop them. High index lenses are much thinner and may break if they're dropped or experience a significant impact against an object. One major pro to glasses is that they're easy to use and maintain. Simply put them on and go, and you don't need to worry about using any special cleaning solutions other than a quality wipe or cloth to keep them clean and clear. Choosing glasses is also a fun way to add style to your look. With so many colors and designs available, it's easy to fit eyeglasses into your daily fashion routine. Finding a comfortable pair of glasses is key so that they're not too heavy on your nose or ears. If you like the way you look with glasses on, they can be a great option for you.

What to Know About Contacts

If you don't like the way you look in glasses, contact lenses are a viable alternative. These thin discs of glass or plastic sit directly on the eye itself to correct vision and they come in two formats: hard or soft. The hard version is also known as rigid glass permeable contacts. The soft version is more popular and they're a lot more comfortable to wear. That's because soft plastic contacts hold more water to keep your eyes moisturized, and they don't come in contact with the cornea. You can choose between daily contact lenses (wear them all day and clean them at night), daily disposable contact lenses (wear them once a day and throw them away) or extended-wear (wear them overnight for around one full week before cleaning).

In terms of durability, hard contact lenses are a better choice, however, they can also be less comfortable to wear. If you have astigmatism, you may need to wear hard lenses, or if you have allergies. You can find bifocal and multifocal contacts depending on your needs to correct both far away and close-up vision at the same time. The downside to contacts is that they require a lot more maintenance than glasses, especially if you choose the daily or extend-wear versions. You will need to keep them clean and store them or else you may get a dangerous eye infection. They also come into direct contact with your eyes, which may cause irritation. Contact lenses take longer to put in and take out, but they're still a great choice if you prefer the way you look without eyeglasses.


Related Articles

Eye Exam 101

How to Get Contact Lenses

Types of Glasses


The material provided on this site is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical or optometric advice. The information provided is not intended for the diagnosis of medical condition and should not substitute for the advice of a qualified health provider.

Please make sure you get your eyes examined regularly and always follow your eye care professional's instructions for the proper use and care of your contact lenses. It's important to note that if you experience any pain or discomfort from your contact lens, discontinue use immediately and consult your eye care professional. WARNING: IF YOU ARE HAVING ANY UNEXPLAINED EYE DISCOMFORT, WATERING, VISION CHANGE, REDNESS, OR LIGHT SENSITIVITY, REMOVE YOUR LENSES IMMEDIATELY AND CONSULT YOUR EYE CARE PRACTITIONER BEFORE WEARING YOUR LENSES AGAIN.

*FOR FREE SHIPPING: Free standard shipping on contact lenses and glasses is 5 to 7 business days, depending on the prescription verification process.

*FOR 20% OFF CONTACTS OFFER: Offer applied at checkout. Offer available only at CVS.com/Optical. Valid prescription required. Savings may be combined with eligible coupons, and other eligible offers. Savings may be combined with insurance, subject to plan restrictions, provided the insurance is not a Medicaid, Medicare, or other government funded plan. If combined with insurance, savings will be applied to amounts after insurance benefits are applied. Discounts will be automatically applied, based on eligibility, in your Basket. State restrictions may apply. Expires October 23, 2021. Terms of promotion subject to change. Free standard shipping on contact Lenses is 5-7 business days, depending on the prescription verification process.

*FOR GLASSES STARTING AT $79: Includes Custom Single Vision, impact-resistant lenses with select frame purchase. Additional upgrades/charges available, includes, but not limited to, progressive, premium antireflective coating, Transitions® Signature8, Polarized and Blue Filter lenses. Not valid on CR39, 1.67, digital, bifocals, or trifocal lenses, or mirror and gradient tints. Polarized lenses limited to solid colors. Valid prescription required. Cannot be combined with other offers. Does not apply to individuals using insurance including Medicaid or Medicare. Excludes prior purchases. Expires December 31, 2021. See CVS Optical™ staff for more details.