Remember those days when glasses were the only options? Going through your parents’ yearbooks (and maybe even some of your own) was so hilarious because of all the ridiculous glasses. Thank goodness today’s advanced world provides several options for eyewear. For one, glass frame styles have increased in variety and aesthetics. But even more convenient are the wide-ranging options of contacts that can be soft, disposable, hard, or colored—however you need them!

Perhaps you’ve recently discovered the deteriorating condition of your eyes? If so, now just might be your time to join the ranks of 75% of Americans who use some form of corrective eyewear (2). Or maybe you’ve just become tired of all the hassles your glasses give you. Because let’s face it: glasses aren’t the most convenient for an active and attractive life. They leave red indents on the bridge of your nose. Whenever you’re roughhousing with the kids or doing sports, they easily fall off and get smashed. Needless to say, they are practically useless in rain or snow. They limit sunglass style or clash with your outfit and even get in the way of smoothly making eyes at that cute guy or girl across the room.

The wisest decision for you at this point is probably to skip the glasses phase and go straight to contacts. It doesn’t matter if your reasons are logical or simply vain, contacts have several benefits: they don’t obstruct your peripheral vision or your personal look, they don’t shatter or get bent, and you never have to worry about the glare. Contacts can require slightly more daily maintenance than glasses. However, like brushing your teeth or taking a shower (hopefully), it’s a simple, non time-consuming habit that is easily incorporated into your schedule. Contacts are flexible for all lifestyles and preferences.

So are you ready for a change in perspective?

Even if your vision is currently perfect, at some point in your life you will most likely need corrective lenses. According to a 2013 study in the Netherlands, “as people get older, the use of visual aids grows rapidly. The majority of people in their forties (occasionally) wear glasses or contact lenses. The rate for people in their fifties is more than 90 percent and nearly all over 75 years old wear glasses” (1).