Researchers Report and Dr. Stewart Shofner Agrees, LASIK Eye Surgery Is Safer Than Contactsby Dr. Stewart Shofner
Inserting a contact lens (foreign body) is scary, difficult and potentially harmful. The potential risks of contact lens infections are widely known to eye doctors but maybe not to consumers. Tens of millions of contact wearers may be at risk of these serious infections. Dr. Stewart Shofner at Shofner Vision Center in Nashville provides more pros and cons for vision correction options.
Who's at Risk for Eye Infections?
"Basically everyone wearing contact lenses is at risk", says Dr. Shofner. 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. "People who abuse contacts by wearing them overnight or improperly caring for their lenses have an even larger risk", explains Dr. Shofner.
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 one in 2,000 contact lens wearers, whereas the study confirms that less than one in 10,000 patients risk significant vision impairment due to complications from LASIK, making LASIK one of the safest elective procedures being performed today.
Laser Eye Surgery Risks
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, laser vision correction surgery may be the most appropriate option. The risk of laser vision correction continues to diminish as technologies continue to evolve. In addition, Custom LASIK can now provide better vision while also reducing or eliminating night glare, one of the early common complaints of LASIK patients.
Is LASIK More Affordable than Contacts?
Over the next 5 to 10 years, one could spend more money on contact lenses, solutions, and glasses than on LASIK surgery. Besides fear or safety concerns, the key reason people do not have LASIK surgery is the cost. A good analogy to consider is buying a house vs. renting one...which one is more affordable over the long term? Read more about the lifestyle costs of wearing contacts.
About Shofner Vision Center
Dr. Stewart Shofner is Nashville's Trusted LASIK and Cataract Surgeon. He has performed over 30,000 LASIK/PRK and 10,000 ocular surgeries and offers "No Pressure - No Fear", complimentary LASIK consultations. Learn more about all vision correction surgery options, including Custom and Bladeless LASIK at Shofner Vision Center in Nashville, TN.