Many individuals with poor vision often wonder if undergoing LASIK eye surgery is better than dealing with contacts for the rest of their life. Below is some good information to consider.
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:
- 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.