This may seem like a minor thing for most people out there but to those that actually have vision issues it is vital. Should you be wearing glasses or lenses while on camera? I will preface this by saying this is completely a personal opinion based on the layman’s knowledge that I do possess on the subject and the emphatic feeling I get as a fellow wearer of glasses. So that being said I shall be trying to touch pros and cons for both of them.
The tempting choice is (or I have seen it to be generally) to pick contacts. The reasons are multiple…they are easier to manage once in and you don’t have to pay as much attention to them, you can use them to change the color of your eyes, you’re insecure about having glasses and would rather have people not know and more. While those reasons can be perfectly valid and enough to make you decide on contacts you should always be aware that you can’t use them for the same period and in the same conditions. Your eyes will always tire faster when wearing lenses and if not properly moisturized all the time you might even get your eyes irritated because of that. Especially if you are a smoker (and since there are a lot of members who love seeing models smoke most models end up at least trying) that is going to stay for a prolonged number of hours in the same room where all the smoke gathers that will be hell on your eyes if you are wearing contacts. They will dry up, hurt and who knows what else just because of that. I mean, the general consensus is that you shouldn’t be wearing them for long periods even if you’re not doing this…
I do get the appeal of wearing them to change your eye colour into something interesting (a light shade of blue, an interesting purple or whatnot) but my advice on that is to do it rarely to keep the novelty of it alive and to also not make members feel like you’re misleading them. For example if you’re not feeling like wearing them one day to avoid members calling you out that you lied to them and who you are on camera is not the “real” you. It is a stupid reason, but you never know who will complain about what. So from that point of view I think they should be kept as an occasional “treat” as it were. Spice it up a little sometimes.
Another plus, at least for some people, would be the fact that moving around (dancing or any kind of activity that requires movements a tad more ample) is a lot safer to do with the contacts. Glasses can fall, break and if extremely unlucky even injure you. Though to be fair that depends more on how you usually work and how used you are to wearing them.
Let’s move on to glasses. First of all, this being purely a personal choice, they are more comfortable and easier to maintain. You can take them off and close your eyes for a couple of seconds if you wish to rest your eyes a little or anything of the sort. From that point of view they are the choice that offers the most flexibility. To that you can add the very important benefit that depending on the lens type you are using they will also act as protection. Very useful for those that spend their time in front of the pc all the time and the difference in how you feel after a full day starting at a screen with and without glasses is immense. To those that might suffer from any degree of photophobia (sensitivity to light) they are also incredibly useful. There is a type of lens called photochromic, those that darken when there is too much light and clear up in the absence of it. Again, it’s something that will keep your eyes rested and will help you avoid a lot of unnecessary discomfort.
Another point in their favour, especially when it comes to video chat, is that glasses can be used as a fashion statement. There are numberless frame options in all shapes and colours to which you can accessorize pretty much anything. Think of the naughty teacher/secretary stereotype and how many men go wild thinking about that alone. You can match jewellery to them easily and even the rest of your outfit. That is something very relevant to someone that needs to dress up and surprise with something new and fashionable every day. You can even occasionally take them off to “let your hair down” and give a more intimate feel to the member whom you are speaking with right at that moment.
All in all, I’d say my vote goes for wearing glasses when working on camera. Not only are they the healthier choice but also the one that gives you the most to work with as far as outfits go. If you want to look at it from a pro/con list and weight it against each other in my book glasses win hands down. But again, that is only personal preference and after all you should be doing what makes you feel the most comfortable when you are working. Just remember to always pay attention to things like this that can affect your health directly!