Contacts & Glasses

Rajat Shetty, OD -  - Optometrist

Astoria Park Eyecare

Rajat Shetty, OD

Optometrist & Contact Lens Specialist located in Astoria, NY

If you find yourself squinting to see objects far away or holding your book further away from your face to make out the words, you may need contacts or glasses. At Astoria Park Eyecare in Ditmars, Astoria, Rajat Shetty, OD, understands every patient is unique and helps determine whether eyeglasses or contacts are the better option for your vision correction needs. To schedule an eye exam for contacts and glasses, use the convenient online booking tool or call the New York City practice today.

Contacts & Glasses Q & A

What are the advantages of contact lenses?

Many people who need corrective vision lenses prefer contact lenses over eyeglasses. The primary benefit of wearing contacts instead of glasses is to avoid obstruction or problems with your peripheral view. 

Since contacts are worn directly on the curvature of your eyes, you don’t have to look around bulky frames. If you participate in sports or exercise, you may prefer contacts as they don’t get in the way. 

Also, you don’t have to worry about the lenses fogging up when wearing contacts in cold weather or humid conditions.

In this modern age of contact lens corrections, they offer a variety of corrections including new progressive contacts that allow you to reduce the usage of reading glasses when patients reach past 40 years of age.

If you’ve always wanted a different eye color, contact lenses offer a way to try different hues even if you don’t require lenses for vision correction.

Astoria Park Eyecare also offers the latest in transitional contact lenses.

Who can wear contact lenses?

Astoria Park Eyecare performs comprehensive eye exams to determine if you can wear contact lenses to improve your vision or to change your eye color. 


Most people can wear contact lenses, but because contact lenses are a medical device inserted into one of the most sensitive areas of the body, they may not be the right option if you:

  • Have chronic dry eyes
  • Get frequent eye infections
  • Spend extensive time around dust, smoke, or dirt
  • Experience severe allergies and reactions
  • The contact lens evaluation and fitting determine if you are a good candidate for contacts but also lets the doctor determine which is the best option depending on the state of your ocular health and your specific lifestyle.


Your risk for eye infections is reduced with proper care of your contact lenses, including daily disinfecting with fresh contact lens solution and replacing your contacts according to the schedule provided by the doctor.

What are the advantages of glasses?

Glasses are often the most reliable choice for vision correction than contact lenses. They provide steady vision correction and are easier to take care of. 

Because they are not inserted directly into your eyes, they do not increase the risk of eye infections or cause dry eyes even when wearing them for long periods of time in front of a computer screen.

Your provider recommends the best options for your needs based on your aesthetic preferences, lens type, or if you have astigmatism. Astoria Park Eyecare offers the following brands on-site as well as many others:

  • Ray-Ban®️
  • Prada®️
  • Tom Ford®️
  • Michael Kors®️
  • Vernon Gantry®️
  • Tory Burch®️
  • Coach®️
  • Acuvue®️


Astoria Park Eyecare also offers the latest in transitional contact lenses. 

To see whether eyeglasses or contact lenses are the right choices for your vision correction needs, schedule an appointment online or call Astoria Park Eyecare for an eye exam.