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Contact lenses, eyeglasses or LASIK?

Close up smiling young North African woman posing by green wallHow should you correct your vision? Should you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses? Or what about LASIK? When deciding among the three options, you’ll want to take into consideration your lifestyle, what’s most comfortable for you and of course, your budget.

For example, eyeglasses offer some benefits over contact lenses such as:

  • They require little cleaning and maintenance and you don’t have to place them directly on your eyes to wear them, which decreases your risk for eye infections and irritations.
  • Glasses can be less expensive over time than wearing contact lenses, which have an ongoing cost of replacement lenses and lens solutions. (Both glasses and contacts, however, are affordable vision correction options.)
  • Glasses also don’t need to be replaced as often as contacts.
  • Glasses can be an extension of your personality and make a great fashion statement since there are so many great styles to choose from.

As for contacts, they, too, have advantages:

  • Contacts conform to the curvature of your eye and provide a wider unobstructed view.
  • Contact lenses can be more convenient when playing sports or exercising. Glasses can be damaged or lost.
  • Most people can’t tell you’re even wearing contacts.
  • Contacts won’t fog up in cold weather like glasses or steam up when you’re cooking over a hot stove.

There’s also LASIK, short for laser in-situ keratomileusis, a popular vision correction surgery that can help people who are nearsighted or farsighted or who have astigmatism. LASIK works by reshaping your cornea, the clear front part of your eyes so that light focuses on the retina in the back of your eye. Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, but many people with nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism can have their vision corrected by LASIK.

Some examples of issues that can be corrected by LASIK:

  • Seeing nearby objects but having a hard time seeing objects in the distance
  • Seeing distant objects but having a hard time seeing objects that are nearby
  • Having a moderate degree of astigmatism, which causes overall blurry vision

While there’s an upfront cost to the surgery, LASIK’s big advantage, of course, is that you no longer have to worry about either glasses or contact lenses.

Are you ready to take the first step toward improving your vision? Contact us today to request an appointment. Following a thorough eye exam, we can help you determine the vision correction method that makes the most sense for you. Just call (801) 476-0494.