I have worn glasses since I was six years old and switched to contact lenses in 1962, not long before I graduated from college. Over the 45 years I've worn contacts, I've had relatively few problems with them, other than a couple of prescription changes due to changes in my vision. I've been very happy with contacts and I know I'm lucky that way. Not everyone can wear contact lenses comfortably.
But when my vision began to change in midlife, to the point where my arms weren't long enough to get written matter out where I could see it clearly, I started to accumulate reading glasses in a variety of shapes and magnifications. I probably have twenty pairs of reading glasses located strategically around the house, in the car, at the computer, in my purse, so that I don't have to worry about losing a pair. There's always another one close at hand.
I have to shop around for sunglasses with a reading lens so that I can sit on the deck and read in the sunshine or read the dashboard info in my car. I always have several pairs of reader sunglasses on hand, because I'm careless and they scratch easily, so I go through a couple of pairs a summer.
But there have been miraculous advances in the field of optometry in recent years and I am, this minute, sitting at the computer WITHOUT READING GLASSES and seeing the screen perfectly. I am wearing bifocal contact lenses! These lenses have a tiny bifocal correction inside them! I no longer need reading glasses!
Free at last, free at last, Great Dr. Cox almighty I am free at last!