When it comes to selecting eyeglasses or contact lenses for extreme weather conditions such as snow, wind, and rain, there are a few special considerations to keep in mind. For those who lead an active lifestyle, contact lenses are generally preferable to eyeglasses in cold weather. However, it is essential to make sure that the lenses fit properly and comfortably, as ill-fitting lenses can cause discomfort, blurred vision, and aggravate dry eye symptoms. When it comes to eyeglasses, there are two main types: monofocal glasses which correct distance problems, and multifocal glasses which help with far and near vision problems such as reading. In the past, eyeglasses were made of glass, but now most are made of plastic.
Plastic lenses are lighter and can be treated with coatings to protect the eyes, but they are more prone to scratching than glass. Eyeglasses are easy to put on and don't require much care. There is also a wide variety of frames available to suit any style. However, if you have a strong prescription or astigmatism, the lenses may distort your vision at the edge of the lens. Additionally, it can be difficult to see on the periphery or on the farthest sides of the view depending on the frame you choose.
Some people may also not like the weight of the glasses on their nose or the pressure on their ears. For those who don't like wearing eyeglasses, progressive lenses offer more natural vision than eyeglasses. They move with your eyes and nothing blocks what you see. They also don't fog up or get wet when it's cold or rainy. However, they require much more care than glasses and can cause serious eye infections if not cleaned properly. Toric contact lenses are a type exclusive to astigmatism and are less likely to move than other contact lenses.
However, they are more expensive. If you're over 40, you may need to keep wearing reading glasses with contact lenses. An optometrist will perform a thorough eye exam to diagnose the cause before recommending additional measures to alleviate the condition. If you're considering contact lenses for extreme weather conditions, it is important to ask your optometrist for samples so that you can find the right one for your needs. With proper care and maintenance, contact lenses can be a great option for those who want clear vision in any weather.