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LASIK Laser Eye Surgery vs. Contact Lenses

If you struggle with contacts but you’ve been putting off getting LASIK eye surgery because you’re 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.

Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery

The LASIK procedure is considered a “permanent” procedure — meaning it is unlikely that you’ll need to have the procedure repeated later in life. LASIK eye surgery often not only eliminates the need for contacts, but also improves eyesight to better than 20/20 vision.

Common Complaints About Contacts

  • “The lens gets lost inside my eye, and it takes a long time to find it.”
  • “Contacts make my eyes feel very dried out.”
  • “Contacts make my eyes itchy.”
  • “My nighttime vision gets blurry with contacts.”
  • “I don’t want to touch my eyeballs or have anything in my eyes.”
  • “Contacts make my eyes red.”
  • “I’ve had a contact lens rip while inside my eye, and it’s painful.”
  • “I always get eyeliner on my contact lens, and it’s hard to get it off.”
  • “Contacts are expensive, and you have to keep re-ordering them.”

Complications with Contacts

Contact lens complications are a relatively common occurrence. Many individuals find the need for eyedrops when wearing contacts, or simply feel that their eyes are dry or scratchy — especially after the prolonged wearing of contacts.

Unfortunately, more serious complications are also frequent because the eye is designed to go uncovered so that it can breathe and remain healthy. Some of the more serious complications that wearing contacts can promote or cause include:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Infections
  • Damage to the tear ducts
  • Wrong prescriptions
  • Hypoxia (eye suffocation)
  • Eye injuries (scratches and scrapes from lenses)
  • Contact allergy (hypersensitivity to lens material)
  • Contacts stuck under the eyelid, resulting in inflammation and granulation around lens into a cyst-like tissue

While it’s 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.

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LASIK vs. Contacts: Which is Best for You?

The choice between LASIK and contacts will always come down to the individual; however, evidence has shown that LASIK is a much more convenient long-term option for a wide variety of eye issues.

As reported by a 2016 analysis that surveyed patients who wore contacts and compared these surveys to those who had LASIK over three years, satisfaction with LASIK is higher. 

Many patients report that LASIK is much better in regards to night driving, comfort, and vision. Dry eyes, lens blurring, and itchiness are no longer an issue for those who had irritation from contacts. 

When performed by experienced eye doctors such as top LASIK surgeon Dr. Kelly, laser eye surgery can be done safely and quickly, with very little risk involved — and result in a much more comfortable life for your eyes.

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Work with the Top LASIK Surgeon in Long Island

Dr. James Kelly has been performing refractive surgery for 25 years, and LASIK is one of his primary services. As a board-certified ophthalmologist who is passionate about helping his patients experience clear vision and live a better quality of life, he is involved with every step of your LASIK journey — from consultation to post-op care. Dr. Kelly and his team are dedicated to making your vision correction one of the greatest experiences of your life. No more taking time to put in contacts, take them out, or deal with the frustrations that come with them. All you have to do is simply open your eyes and see everything clearly. 

“I’m writing this review less than 48 hours from my LASIK surgery. I had my post-op check-in, and my vision is already at 20/15 (and I think even better). Dr. Kelly and his entire staff are incredible. From the moment I walked in for my consultation to my check-in today, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I’ve been wearing glasses/contacts for the last 20+ years at this point, and I’m still in shock waking up today and seeing in the quality I do now. Dr. Kelly and his staff gave me the gift of vision, and I couldn’t recommend this practice and team more. Thank you, Dr. Kelly and team. You guys are amazing.” 

Mike C., Long Island

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