The Advantages Of Lasik Versus Corrective Lenses

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Lasik is a relatively safe and effective eye surgery that can help people with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It is a corrective procedure that can either eliminate or minimize the need for corrective lenses. Here are some of the advantages of Lasik eye surgery and why you should consider having this procedure performed sometime in the near future:

Eliminate The Need For Glasses

While some might enjoy the look and feel of wearing eyeglasses, there are many who consider them a burden. The constant need for replacement and the inconvenience of cracked or broken glasses are things you will no longer need to worry about after Lasik surgery. Lasik can also restore your peripheral vision, which is something that your eyeglasses were never able to do completely. Here are more advantages of Lasik over eyeglasses:

  • No need to worry about forgetting your glasses somewhere.
  • You will no longer feel helpless or partially blind without your glasses.
  • No more discomfort caused by frames or heavy lenses.
  • Money saved on repair and replacement.
  • Eliminate glare, especially when you take a photo.
  • No more putting them on and taking them off before you fall asleep and after you wake up in the morning.

No More Contact Lenses

Lasik surgery has its advantages for those who chose to go with contact lenses instead of eyeglasses. The great thing about contact lenses is they make it feel like you aren't wearing corrective lenses at all. That is until they become dry, irritating, dislodged or if they fall out. Many contact lens users can attest to searching for a missing lens at least one time in their life. Imagine looking for a small, clear, circular object on the floor. Talk about looking for a needle in a haystack. Here is a list of some of the advantages of Lasik over contact lenses:

  • You can fall asleep and not worry about feeling pain or discomfort when you open your eyes.
  • No need for rigorous cleaning and maintenance.
  • Save money on contact lens solution and other maintenance products. Plus, you no longer need to worry about constantly having lens solution on hand.
  • No need to spend money on replacement lenses.
  • Eliminate the need to touch your eye for application, which many find both discomforting and disturbing.
  • No more headaches from thick lenses or keeping them on for an extended period of time.
  • Reduced risk of eye infection.

Advantages Of Lasik Over Glasses And Contact Lenses

Both eyeglasses and contact lenses inhibit a person from doing any activities in or underwater without having to remove them. Corrective lenses can also malfunction or become a burden with certain activities, but with Lasik, things like sweat or a gust of wind are no longer troublesome. Eyeglasses and contact lenses also require some form of cleaning, replacement and upkeep, while Lasik can be a one-time procedure. Of course, there is still the need to for a regular eye exam, but the same goes for any type of corrective lenses.

More Advantages Of Lasik Eye Surgery

  • Corrective surgery can possibly improve a person's vision beyond the normal vision of someone who doesn't need corrective lenses.
  • The procedure is relatively quick and painless, sometimes taking less than 10 minutes.
  • Lasik can save a person a lot of money in the long-run since it's typically a one-time procedure. No more yearly maintenance and replacement costs for corrective lenses.
  • There are rarely any complications with the procedure, especially if the patient follows the doctor's instructions.

Things To Consider

Before you decide to go with Lasik instead of your corrective lenses, keep in mind you are about to have a major surgery performed on your eyes. Although it is quick, painless and accurate, the possibility of complications may arise. Here are a few things to consider before going through with Lasik surgery:

  • Age: While many Lasik patients undergo a one-time treatment with great success, there is the possibility that your vision regresses over time. Consider having Lasik done sometime in your early adulthood, in case you need retreatment at a later age.
  • Costs: Although there is the possibility you can save money in the long run, the surgery and treatment costs can be well outside of your normal budget.
  • Timing: Make sure you are selecting the most optimal time for surgery. You need to have the finances to cover Lasik costs, and you'll need to take some time off to recover after the surgery. Even though Lasik offers rapid results, it may take some time for your eyes to fully adjust.
  • Physician: Select a physician who is experienced and who you are the most comfortable with. Ask your physician as much as you can about the procedure, possible risks and the healing and recovery process. You physician will also address any issues pertaining to treatment and whether or not Lasik is right for you. Certain candidates with eye disorders may be ineligible for Lasik treatment.

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