LASIK Eye Surgery vs. Contacts Lens
Lets face it. Putting a foreign body (contacts) in your eyes with your fingers is scary and potentially harmful. There is a reason that it is so hard to put contacts into your eyes. The potential risks of contact lens infections are widely known to eye doctors. Tens of millions of contact wearing Americans may be at risk of these serious infections.
Basically everyone wearing lenses is at risk. A Lancet study showed that people who wear daily contact lenses run a 1 in 100 risk of developing bacterial keratitis, an infection that can lead to a permanent loss of vision. Patients who abuse contacts by wearing them overnight or improperly caring for their lenses have an even larger risk.
Is LASIK Surgery Safer?
YES!!! Statistically, LASIK is 5X safer than contact lens!
According to a study published in the Archives
of Ophthalmology in October 2006, researchers found that LASIK surgery is safer than contact lens
use. Sight threatening infections from contact lens use occur in 1 in 2,000
contact lens wearers, whereas the study confirms that less than one in 10,000
patients risk significant vision loss due to complications from LASIK, making
LASIK the safest elective procedure being performed today. Learn more about LASIK Surgery, Bladeless LASIK, and 3D Custom LASIK in Nashville, TN.
The risk of laser vision correction continues to diminish as technologies continue to evolve. In addition, 3D Custom LASIK can now provide better vision while also reducing or eliminating night glare, one of the early common complaints of LASIK patients.
Contact Lens and Allergies
Wearing contacts and suffering from allergies can be very uncomfortable.
Airborne allergens can get trapped on your contact lenses, causing
extreme discomfort and cause your vision to blur. If discomfort
persists, stop by Shofner Vision Center
and visit with Dr. Shofner or Dr. Johnson. A professional eye exam may
help determine if your symptoms are allergy related or if you have an
eye infection. Also be sure to inquire about specific eye drops that can
help relieve your symptoms and keep your contact lenses clean. Caution,
some over the counter eye drops can damage certain contact lenses, so
be sure you only apply solutions appropriate for contact lens wearers.
Many patients that used to wear contacts and chose LASIK eye surgery have reported a great deal of relief during allergy season.
Did you know that over the next 10 years, you may spend more money on contact lenses, contact lens solutions, and glasses than you will spend on LASIK? Besides fear (Shofner offers No Fear, No Pressure LASIK) , the key reason people do not have LASIK surgery is the cost. Contact Shofner Vision Center to learn more about our Special LASIK Prices and Affordable LASIK Payment Plans to work within your budget. A good analogy to consider is buying a house vs. renting one...which one is more affordable over the long term?
Contact Lens Costs
What are the lifestyle costs of wearing contacts?
- Do you have comfort issues with contacts?
- Can you swim, play sports, perform yard work, or do other activities with your contacts?
- Do you realize how much time you spend cleaning and caring for your contacts?
- Have you ever found yourself away from home
without your contact supplies?
- Have you ever had a contact-related eye infection?
LASIK surgery is not without risk, but wearing contacts is also risky. Infections with contacts can occur, so considering this possibility, the hassle of contacts and the lifetime costs of wearing contacts, maybe it's time to Schedule Your Free LASIK Consultation at Shofner Vision Center. Dr. Shofner is a Trusted LASIK surgeon in Nashville, TN.
Sources: Mathers, W.D. Archives of Ophthalmology, October 2006; Vol. 124: pp. 1510-1511.