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Caroline Ballard

English 3

Junior Research Paper

March 17, 2017

Eye Glasses vs. Contact lenses

People with poor eyesight have debated for centuries which is the best way to correct

their vision. According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 75% of adults use some

sort of vision correction. About 64% of them wear eyeglasses, and about 11% wear contact

lenses, either exclusively, or with glasses. Over half of all women and about 42% of men wear

glasses. Usually, more women than men, 18% and 14% respectively, wear contacts. Of those

who use both contacts and eyeglasses, 62% wear contact lenses more often. Glasses have the

health benefits of blue light protection (a light that is used in smart devices that is being over

exposed in our eyes) (Jins Screen) and no worries of fungus or eye infection risks (Young).

Glasses also have a reasonable cost and, today, there are glasses being made to be eco-friendly

(Global Eyeglasses). Glasses over contacts can be chosen over contacts because of the fashion

variety. Eyeglasses are better than contacts in terms of their greater health benefits, reasonable

cost, and greater choices in fashionable eye wear.

Today people have embraced technology, and with the technology, people usually use

some kind of screen. In computers, tablets, smartphones, smart watches, e-readers, laptops, and

anything with a digital screen, there is a hazard called blue light. Blue light is usually found in

sunlight, but with todays digital generation blue light-emitting LEDs, it is in just about every

screen on devices. With the worlds fast pace and long working hours, Americans and anyone

with a screened device are exposed to more artificial blue light than ever before (Jins Screen). To
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block blue light and eye health concerns, there is new research on glasses that can reduce blue

light transmission and reduce eye fatigue. Research from Jin's shows that their glasses showed a

great decrease in eye strain and transmission of too much artificial blue light (Jins Screen). Not

only do they decrease the transmission of artificial blue light and lessen eye strain, but they also

are affordable, lightweight, eight different colors, and comfortable to wear (Jins Screen). Blue

light is not the only danger to your eyes; there is also the problem of eye infection and fungal

infection of the cornea. Contacts have a higher risk of eye and fungal infection (Liverpool Echo).

Contacts are objects that do not belong in the eye (Liverpool Echo). An example of a way fungus

can hurt the eye is through contacts. She had to have surgery to clear out fungus and transplant a

cornea to be able to see again (Andrew). The woman interviewed was a long-time contact lens

wearer. Contacts have high risks unlike glasses. For example, they have to be replaced and

washed often, reduce oxygen reaching the eye, and can cause or increase the severity of dry eye

syndrome. Contacts require proper lens care, and the lenses need to be cleaned every day.

Should have moistened them (contact) first- because this time the eye was so dry the contact

had actually glued itself to the eyeball (Global Eyeglasses). Glasses provide some protection

from environmental factors such as dust and debris and also do not glue to the eye (Gary Heiting,

OD). Wearing glasses reduces the need to touch the eyes, so in result, they reduce the risk of

irritation or developing eye infection (Gary Heiting, OD).

Rather than spending a lot of money on surgeries and lots of contact replacements,

glasses are cheaper than contacts in the long run, because they do not need to be replaced as

often (Gary Heiting, OD). Glasses require very little cleaning (unlike contacts that need to be

cleaned often), little maintenance, and do not require touching the eyes, which decreases the risk
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of eye infection. A complete pair of glasses will cost as few as fifty dollars and most have a

warranty on frame and lens for usually up to two years (Optometrists Association).

Wooden glasses are now being made to be eco-friendly and sold at dramatically-reduced

prices. Not only are wooden glasses cheap, they are also a fashion statement. In a day of vision-

correcting surgery, people still wear glasses because surgery is expensive.

Wooden glasses are becoming one of fashions hottest trends and have been at the most

elite fashion shows around the world (Global Eyeglasses). Wooden glasses are lightweight, thin,

cheap, eco-friendly, durable, hypoallergenic, unique, and come in many varieties of colors.

Glasses also can act as an extension of your personality and make a great fashion statement

(Gary Heiting, OD).

If there is not an interest in fashion and the prescription only requires single-vision

lenses, then there are the plain black or brown colors. Customers receive up to a seventy percent

discount and a one hundred percent money back guarantee for glasses in stores if the customer

has insurance. (Global Eyeglasses).

I have a pair of black glasses that have yellow on the inside. I wear them when I wear

greys and blacks. Then I have a pair of octagon tortoise, sort of a burnt orange. I wear these

when I am wearing golds and browns. I also have a pair that is black on the bottom and tortoise

on the top. I wear these with everything else (Infotrac Newsstand). These are examples of how

glasses can be an accessory to an outfit.

With all the benefits of eyeglasses, there are certainly drawbacks. For example, some

people do not like how they look (Gary Heiting, OD). Another con of eyeglasses is that they are

not ideal when playing sports, because they can be damaged or broken. Contacts can be formed

to the curvature of the eye giving a wider field of vision (Gary Heiting, OD). If a person has a
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strong prescription, the edges of the glasses will be thicker and cause unnaturally minimized or

magnified eyes (Gary Heiting, OD). Although glasses are great for protecting the eye of debris or

other environmental effects, eyeglasses can fog up in cold weather (Gary Heiting, OD). A

definite positive in regard to contact lenses is, if the color eyes a person was born with is not

what they still want, they can wear different eye color contacts. Even though there have been

advances in contacts, people still need a backup in order to give the eyes a break.

Eyeglasses are better than contact lenses because of the health benefits, cost in the long

run, style variety, and are advancing in technology. Furthermore, research on glasses in todays

technology-embracing world has come up with computerized glasses called eye caps. We will

one day use wearable or even implantable computers to record everything we see (Lisovicz).

If this research on computerized glasses works, then it can change the way we live and

would be able to record everything we see, remember everything we would otherwise forget,

and do all our really hard thinking for us (Lisovicz).

The eyetap could benefit the world because, the visually impaired could benefit from

computer-enhanced video and Alzheimers patients could use computer memory. Through this

technology advancements are the future.

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