Contact lenses or glasses: what are the benefits?

Discover the right choice for you

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Are you wondering whether contact lenses or glasses are a good fit for you? There are many reasons to add contact lenses to your vision correction options. They can give you more freedom, day to day, in a number of ways. Use the slider to see an example of how the two might respond to a rainy, humid day.

Top reasons people prefer contact lenses vs. glasses

Full field of vision

Contact lenses move with your eye to help to give you a full field of vision. Meaning you can spot things out of the corner of your eye, without the frame of your glasses interfering, or your glasses steaming up or getting splashed. Whatever the weather, contact lenses will help keep your vision clear wherever you go.

Hassle Free

Contact lenses help you see clearly without needing to think twice, after you have put them on. No need to remember carrying reading glasses with you, just in case you need to read a menu (if you wear multifocal lenses) and no need to worry about wiping your glasses if they steam up or get dirty. While contact lenses provide a hassle-free experience, it's worth acknowledging that glasses still serve an essential purpose for many wearers, offering a reliable backup option.

Freedom of movement

Contact lenses can be a good choice for playing sports or exercising. Unlike glasses, they won’t bounce around or steam up and you don’t need to worry about them falling off either. Smudges and splashes are a thing of the past; with contact lenses you can enjoy clear, stable vision123 no matter what the weather or your chosen sport**. Contact lenses are also great if you need to wear sunglasses, goggles or head gear for your activities.


Contact lenses can cost as little as one cup of coffee a day, making them compatible with your daily routine. And while glasses require less upkeep in comparison, when you do lose or break them they can be costly to replace.

Natural look

Glasses can be a great accessory to create a certain look or to complete a style, but if you prefer a natural look without frames then contact lenses are ideal. You can choose to wear lenses on a daily basis or to alternate with glasses. Wear them on special occasions and holidays when you don’t want frames to define your look. Contact lenses are also great when you want to show off your eye make-up or wear your favourite sunglasses.

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Frequently asked questions about ACUVUE® Contact Lenses

Why should I choose ACUVUE® contact lenses?

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Why should I choose ACUVUE® contact lenses?

There are lots of reasons, but here's one: ACUVUE® is the most trusted brand by Eye Care Professionals globally§4. committed to helping you see better, connect better and live better.

Do ACUVUE® contact lenses provide sun protection for eyes?

Do ACUVUE® contact lenses provide sun protection for eyes?

ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are the only major brand which block more than 98% UVB and 85% UVA rays as standard.#5

What is ACUVUE® doing to protect the environment?

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What is ACUVUE® doing to protect the environment?

ACUVUE® is committed to leading the conversation and driving meaningful action to bring a sustainable future into focus.

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**While contact lenses are perfect for an active lifestyle, it is not advised to expose your contact lenses to water, and as such swimming with contact lenses should be avoided. This includes avoiding wearing contact lenses not just while swimming, but also showering, bathing and using a hot tub.

+Helps protect against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea & into the eye.

#All ACUVUE® contact lenses have UV Blocking to help provide protection against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye. UV absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV absorbing eyewear such as UV absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV absorbing eyewear as directed by your Optician. NOTE: Long-term exposure to UV radiation is one of the risk factors associated with cataracts. Exposure is based on a number of factors such as environmental conditions (altitude, geography, cloud cover) and personal factors (extent and nature of outdoor activities). UV-blocking contact lenses help provide protection against harmful UV radiation. However, clinical studies have not been done to demonstrate that wearing UV-blocking contact lenses reduces the risk of developing cataracts or other eye disorders. Consult your eye care practitioner for more information.



1. JJV Data on File 2008. No other toric contact lens has the total package like ACUVUE OASYS Brand Contact Lenses for Astigmatism with HYDRACLEAR PLUS.

2. Chamberlain P, Morgan PB, Moody KJ, et al. Fluctuation in visual acuity during soft toric contact lens wear. Optom Vis Sci. 2011;88(4):E534-538. doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e31820ea1ea.

3. McIlraith R, Young G, Hunt C. Toric lens orientation and visual acuity in non-standard conditions. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 2010;33(1):23-26. doi: 10.1016/j.clae.2009.08.003.

4. JJV Data on File 2021. Data Substantiation for United Kingdom ACUVUE® Claims.

5. JJV Data on File 2022: Master Brand Claims on Clinical Performance and Overall Material Properties for ACUVUE® Brand Soft Contact Lenses.

Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE® Contact Lenses can be used for vision correction. An Eye Care Professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and instructions on proper lens care. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, any eye disease or systemic disease, that may affect the eye, or if you are allergic to any ingredients. If you experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems, remove the lens and contact your Eye Care Professional immediately. For more information, including warnings and precautions, carefully read the Instructions for Use available on the Johnson & Johnson website.



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