Eyeglasses have been the go-to solution for folks with failing or poor eyesight for many years. Even so, with the advances in contact lens technology, more patients are weighing their options. Nearly all eye patients share one or more of four basic issues: myopia, or nearsightedness; hyperopia, or farsightedness; presbyopia, most common among older folks; and astigmatism, which is caused by an uneven cornea. When you visit the eye doctor for an exam, he can measure the differences in each eye's vision in great detail to get the best design for contact lenses to meet your specific needs. When you're ready to buy, pay a visit to online contact lens stores like Vision Direct and 1-800 Contacts to see what's available and affordable.

Multiple Options

There are three general types of contacts. Soft lenses are the most popular because they are easy to use and comfortable. Hard lenses, on the other hand, are rarely used because they do not let the eye "breathe." Instead, you might be interested in trying a pair of rigid gas permeable contacts made to fit the exact parameters of your eyes.

Avoid Accidents

Nothing's worse than sitting or falling down on your glasses. Most people keep an old pair around just in case. What do you do though if you don't have an old pair, or they don't really help your eyes anymore? Upgrading to contacts largely eliminates the risk that you might break or scratch your lenses. Plus, you'll never leave your contacts lying around or put them on top of your head, then forget where you left them.

Stay Active

It's also easier to lead an active lifestyle or participate in sports when you don't have to worry about your glasses falling off or flying across the field. Contacts will help you retain your full range of vision, too, rather than trying to look past your frames. You also won't have to worry about the nighttime glare from auto headlights. Moreover, contacts eliminate annoying eyeglass fog when you come into a warm building out of the cold or vice versa.

Look & Feel Better

Although glasses come in a variety of styles, colors and shapes, many people simply don't like the way they look when wearing them. Contacts resolve that issue, and colored contacts can even accentuate your look.

Easy Care

One of the biggest issues for most people is having to clean their contact lenses on a regular basis. Disposable lenses greatly reduce or eliminate the time you'll spend cleaning, especially if you trade your contacts out by the week or month. Disposable contacts can save you money as well, because you're not spending large sums of money on lens-cleaning products every month to keep your extended-wear and disposable contacts healthy. A quick tip for making your contacts last even longer: Keep a pair of glasses around for occasional use or in case there's a problem. Occasional cleaning of your extended-wear lenses will make them useful for a longer time, too.