LASIK vs. Contact Lenses
In the United States, an estimated 45 million people wear contact lenses to help correct their vision. Contacts are preferred over glasses by many people because they are virtually undetectable. Long-term use of contact lenses, though, may cause a number of different complications including irritation, dry eyes, corneal abrasions, and conjunctivitis. Long-term contact wear may even block oxygen supply to the eyes. So, are contacts really as great as they’re made out to be? Is there something beyond glasses and contacts that can correct your vision? Your answer: LASIK eye surgery.
Dr. Francis and Marianne Price conducted a study comparing long-term contact lens wear to LASIK eye surgery. They followed 1,800 patients over a 3-year time period and found that 97% of those who wore contact lenses before they had LASIK preferred the procedure over their contact lenses. Those same patients also had an easier time driving at night and had an improvement in dry eye symptoms after LASIK.
If an experienced LASIK surgeon performs your procedure, you should not experience any permanent side effects. Dr. Manger is the most experienced LASIK surgeon on the West Coast, and his patients experience little to no side effects at all. And, most side effects after LASIK are typically what a person already experiences with contacts. For instance, dry eye and glare around streetlights at night. Those are both considered an every day inconvenience to a long-term contact wearer, but a post-LASIK patient might only notice those for a couple days to a couple weeks.
The benefits of LASIK speak for themselves. Imagine waking up and not having to wonder where you left your glasses the night before. Picture yourself not constantly worrying about when you need to schedule your next eye exam before your contacts run out. If you consider all the ways contacts negatively affect your quality of life, you really start to notice the benefits of finally being free of them.
The best way to see if you can finally ditch those contacts is to schedule a FREE* LASIK exam with Dr. Manger!