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Which option is better for vision correction: LASIK vs Contacts vs Glasses

DR. JAYSHREE MANDAL In Lasik

Nov 17, 2023 | 6 min read

Choosing the best options for vision correction requires thought and evaluation When it comes to correcting vision, there are many options available today. The most popular methods are LASIK surgery, contact lenses, and glasses.

If you have refractive issues and vision problems, you may be familiar with the pros and cons of wearing glasses. While some may find them a nuisance, others consider them a necessary evil. While glasses can be considered a fashion accessory, lifetime dependence on them can take a toll. Your vision with eyeglasses will never be as clear as good vision without glasses. This is why more people are considering alternatives like LASIK surgery or contact lenses.

If you wear glasses daily, this article will help you evaluate your situation and determine if there are better options for you.

LASIK surgery is more accessible than ever before, with top-notch doctors and eye surgeons available in your local area to help you. However, before you proceed, let’s take a closer look at the cost, experience, and comfort of the available options.

Compare the Cost of LASIK, Glasses, and Contacts

When deciding whether to get LASIK or stick with glasses or contacts, it’s important to think about the cost. Glasses can be quite expensive, especially if you want to get fancy designer frames. And if you need special lenses, like bifocals or ones that reduce glare, the cost can go up even more. Contacts can also be costly, especially if you need them for a complex prescription.

On the other hand, LASIK eye surgery can be a great solution. It’s a one-time procedure that can save you a lot of money over your lifetime. If you get LASIK in your 30s, for example, you could save money on glasses and contacts for the next 50 years or more. And don’t worry if you’re concerned about the cost of LASIK – many eye doctors offer competitive rates and payment plans to help make it more manageable.

Lifestyle with glasses, contacts, and LASIK

Many people who wear glasses face difficulties while engaging in activities like sports, exercise, or even taking a bath. Glasses can be uncomfortable, fog up in cold weather, or cause pain around the ears. While contact lenses solve some of these problems, they can still be inconvenient while swimming or playing contact sports. Also, if not cleaned properly, contact lenses can lead to eye infections.

The good news is that there is an option that can totally free you from all these troubles – refractive eye surgery. With this surgery, you won’t have to worry about breaking your glasses or losing contact lenses while playing sports. You won’t have to bother about ordering new contacts or fixing broken glasses. If you are thinking about choosing between LASIK vs contacts or glasses, LASIK is definitely the way to go. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can enjoy your favorite activities with perfect vision, without any hassle.

Comfort and convenience

Wearing glasses can be uncomfortable for some people, even if they have lighter frames. These lighter frames can be more fragile and expensive. They can also slip or fall off more easily when you’re exercising or moving around. Contact lenses are another option, but they can be a hassle to take care of. You need to regularly order new ones, clean them every day, and remember to take them out at night. If you’re trying to decide between glasses and contacts, keep in mind that Lasik surgery is a great solution that can eliminate all of these problems. With Lasik, you won’t have to deal with uncomfortable glasses or the inconvenience of contact lenses anymore.

Say Goodbye to Eye Strain: LASIK Surgery Can Help Reduce Your Digital Eye Fatigue

Most of us experience eye strain at some point in our lives whether we wear glasses or contacts. However, one of the biggest causes of eye strain is the use of digital devices like computers, smartphones, and tablets. Unfortunately, we can’t avoid using them in today’s world. Symptoms of eye strain include tired eyes, eye pain, and dry eyes. LASIK surgery is a way to cure your vision problems so that you no longer need to use glasses or contacts. This can greatly reduce eye strain and fatigue caused by prolonged use of digital devices.

Clearing Up the LASIK Myth: Is It Safer Than Wearing Contacts?

Many people get nervous when they think about getting surgery to fix their eyesight, like LASIK. They might think it’s riskier than just wearing contacts. But actually, both contacts and LASIK have a small chance of causing problems like infections. If you don’t clean your contacts the right way, you might get an eye infection that could damage your vision. And this can happen every time you wear contacts. But with LASIK, there’s only one small chance of something going wrong during the surgery. Millions of people all over the world have had LASIK and it’s very safe. Before the surgery, an ophthalmologist will test you to make sure you’re a good candidate and they use the latest technology to make sure everything goes smoothly. So, if you’re thinking about LASIK, don’t worry too much about the risks. It’s a very safe and effective way to improve your vision.

Pros and cons of contact lenses

Pros:

  • No glasses needed
  • Better peripheral vision
  • Perfect for sports.

Cons:

  • It can be costly to replace contact lenses on a regular basis
  • Daily disinfection is required for maintenance
  • Lenses can be damaged or lost easily
  • Blurring or Haloing around lights
  • Discomfort in taking out and in lenses on a daily basis

Pros and Cons of Glasses

Pros

  • Easy to take off
  • They can be a fashion statement
  • Zero side effects, as they do not touch the eye
  • Lenses can be changed if your prescription changes

Cons

  • They are expensive and require frequent yearly lens replacements
  • They are inconvenient for sports activity
  • They are easily broken or misplaced
  • They are uncomfortable to wear
  • and their peripheral vision is blurry

Pros and Cons of LASIK

Let’s examine some of the benefits and drawbacks of LASIK if you’re prepared to think about a substitute for glasses and contacts:

Pros

  • It can cure refractive errors
  • Requires no ongoing maintenance
  • A single surgery can resolve issues for decades
  • More affordable in the long run
  • Quick healing and painless procedure

Cons

  • More costly initially
  • Surgery is necessary
  • Short-term, mild adverse effects after surgery
  • Infections in contact lens wearers can be serious
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 DR. JAYSHREE MANDAL

DR. JAYSHREE MANDAL

MBBS, DNB, FIAS (SCEH, Lahan, Nepal)

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