LASIK vs Contacts: Which is Best for You?
Laser Eye Surgery vs Contact Lenses
LASIK is Safer Than Contacts
If you have been struggling with contacts and putting off getting LASIK because you are concerned that it may not be safe, now is the time to reconsider. Not only do contacts cost you time, money, and comfort, but LASIK is actually safer than using contact lenses.
Complications With Contacts
Contact lens complications are a relatively common occurrence. Many individuals find the need for eye drops when wearing contacts, or simply feel that their eyes are dry or scratchy, especially after the prolonged wearing of contacts.
More serious complications are also unfortunately frequent, because the eye is designed to go uncovered so that it can breathe and remain healthy. Some of the more serious complications which wearing contacts can promote or cause include:
- Eye injuries (scratches and scrapes from lenses)
- Wrong prescriptions
- Contacts stuck under lid creating inflammation and granulation around lens into cyst-like tissue
- Damage to tear ducts
- Contact allergy (hypersensitivity to lens material)
- Hypoxia (eye suffocation)
While it is unlikely that you will experience all of these complications, the chance of having at least one of them significantly increases with wearing contacts. Constantly touching your eyes exposes them to a much higher number of germs and contamination, which cannot be avoided when wearing contacts.
The LASIK procedure is considered a “permanent” procedure, meaning it’s unlikely that you will need to have the procedure repeated later in life. LASIK often not eliminates the need for contacts, but improves patients’ eyesight to better than 20/20 vision.