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Deciding between eyeglasses and contact lenses can be a tough choice for many San Francisco residents, and perhaps surprisingly, many people find that eyeglasses are a better choice for them than wearing contact lenses. Glasses have many advantages over contact lenses, and superior style and comfort are at the top of the list. Here are the top seven reasons San Francisco residents choose luxury eyeglasses and designer eyewear brands over contact lenses.
The cost of daily-wear soft contact lenses can be hundreds of dollars a year, and vision care insurance plans may or may not pay for part of the expense. Contact lens solution, rewetting drops, and contact cases can all add up, making contact lenses a pricey choice for most people.
By contrast, most people choose one great pair of eyeglasses for improved distance viewing that will last for years.
Unlike contact lenses, luxury glasses and frames provide a chance to accessorize and to express personal style! Especially in the world of San Francisco designer eyewear, a luxury brand is not developed overnight, but takes years of perseverance and substance to achieve. Luxury brands represent success achieved through unique innovation, hard work, and progress over time. Luxury brands showcase quality, and make a personal statement about the wearer’s unique style.
The choice to wear glasses instead of contact lenses comes down to ease of care for many people. Contact lenses require daily cleaning or replacement, and can be prone to debris under or on the lens that may require frequent cleaning or insertion or removal of the lens.
Some contact lens users have reported experiencing halos around lights or glare when wearing contacts at night, which sometimes interfere with nighttime driving. At night, the area of the eye that responds to light — the pupil — becomes larger, or dilated, to allow more light to enter the eye. Occasionally, the pupil becomes larger than the optical area of the contact lens, a condition called spherical aberration, which leads to glare or halos around lights.
Eyeglass wearers may be able to escape this phenomenon; the anti-reflective (AR) coating added to many luxury eyeglasses blocks some of the glare or halo effect that naturally occurs when lights are viewed through magnification lenses.
Eye health can play a major role in the decision to wear eyeglasses, as many people are unable or unwilling to wear contacts due to eye conditions or increased risk of infections.
Age frequently plays a role in making the choice between eyeglasses and contact lenses. Very young children are generally not able to handle the responsibility that goes along with wearing contact lenses, and may not have the dexterity required to insert and remove lenses each day. Older adults may lose dexterity over time, making daily insertion and removal of lenses impractical or burdensome. However, eyeglasses are a great choice for both young and old alike, and durable frames will enhance the wearer experience for people of all ages.
While contact lenses provide no protection from the San Francisco sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light, luxury glasses can provide UV protection if specially treated with UV-protective coating. Protection from UV rays is important, even in cloudy weather, as short-term exposure to UV rays can cause eye damage similar to a sunburn, making eyes red, puffy, or gritty. Some polycarbonate eyeglass lenses offer 100% UV protection, and regular plastic lenses can be treated with a UV-blocking coating to afford protection. Luxury brands frequently offer UV-protective coating for lenses.
Luxury eyewear brands are a great choice for those in San Francisco who want to enjoy comfort, ease, protection, and personal style.
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