Reading Glasses, Contact Lenses or Lasik Surgery? Know What’s Best for You

According to Jobson Research, more than 61% of the U.S. population is suffering from vision problems. However nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are now easy to correct since there is a safe and effective solution for all vision problems. Due to recent medical advances, it is possible to prevent astigmatism and age-related vision degeneration. While spectacles, corrective lenses and laser surgery are a few options to restore vision, each of these has their pros and cons. So here’s a comparison of each option to help you make an informed decision:

Reading Glasses – A Classic and Convenient Choice for Every Occasion

Glasses not only enhance your vision but also add style to your personality. As glasses can be customized to suit every taste and preference, they make a fashionable and cost-effective way to correct vision problems.  

 

Pros

  • Easy to wear
  • Available in a wide-range of trendy frames that are comfortable to wear
  • Low-weight, high-refraction lenses that protect the eyes from harmful UV rays, dust and dirt.
  • Can be individually customized to fit highly-curved frames
  • Durable and ideal for every occasion

Cons

  • Can be cumbersome to carry
  • If you break them and have no backup handy, you are at the risk of being blind
  • Can fog up in extreme weather conditions

 

Contact Lenses – A Practically Invisible Way to Vision Correction  

Contact lenses are an undetectable and convenient way to correct vision.

 

Pros

  • Frees you from the hassle of carrying a pair of glasses  
  • Improves vision without causing any pain or discomfort  
  • Suitable for professionals like actors, athletes, chefs, and sailors
  • Undetectable and comfortable to wear

Cons

  • Lenses need extra care if worn for extended hours  
  • There is always a risk of infections and vascular issues if worn without a break  
  • You need to keep goos and liquids handy to keep the eyes lubricated
  • Disrupts oxygen supply when worn for long  

LASIK Eye Surgery – A Minimally Invasive Procedure with a Massive Impact

Lasik surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that safely restores your vision without inviting any major postoperative complications if performed by an experienced surgeon. LASIK eye surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure which is completed in a few minutes and has a short recovery period. It uses laser technology to create a thin corneal flap which is then manipulated under the effect of local sedation to restore vision.  

 

Pros

  • No glasses or lenses are needed after a lasik surgery
  • A good solution for people who cannot tolerate lenses
  • With an experienced surgeon, the risk of complications is negligible

Cons

  • Certain patients may not be eligible for the procedure if they don’t have a stable prescription or suffer from medical conditions that may interfere with the surgery
  • The results cannot be altered in case of under correction or over correction
  • Comes at considerable cost but then again the results are long-term

Your eye is the most vital sensory organ of your body so ensure that your personal choice is made only after consulting a reliable and reputed ophthalmologist. Whether you are contemplating a LASIK eye surgery for permanent freedom from glasses or to free yourself from the ongoing financial cost of contacts, make sure your decision is a safe and suitable one.  

Author Bio:

Aaron Barriga is the online marketing manager for Insight Vision Center, an Ophthalmology Center in California. With a knack for understanding medical procedures, and an interest in eye and vision health, Aaron loves to share what he knows and what he learns. He blogs to inform readers about the latest eye care technology and other topics related to eye care, especially LASIK. Aaron loves collecting coasters from the different bars and restaurants he visits during his travels.

 



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