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How To Choose Between : Laser Eye Surgery or Eye Glasses Or Contact Lenses

Updated on September 29, 2012

Eye Glasses Or Contact Lenses

Healthy choice between glasses and contact lenses depends upon the individuals vision problem, its extend and his mental and physical attitude. Today every one is behind the modernization and cosmetic reasons, but before plunging into; just know the facts and then decide:

Eyes being the sensitive organ, glasses does good as it is not in direct contact with the eyes. Glasses do not cause any allergic symptoms inside the eyes. For patients who are hypersensitive or allergic, glasses are the only choice. We are free to place and remove the glasses freely with out any precautionary measures. Glasses are easy to handle. For patients below the age of 13, glasses are recommended as they lack the responsibilities while handling the lenses. For the one above 50s and 60s glasses are more beneficial as majority faces problems with fine movements which are essential for the wearing of lenses. For the patients having dryness of eyes or watering no choice rather those glasses. For idle and irresponsible ones glasses are the choice. For long continued users glasses are good as it is free from internal manipulations.

Laser Eye Surgery or Eye Glasses Or Contact Lenses
Laser Eye Surgery or Eye Glasses Or Contact Lenses

Why We Are Interested in Eye Glasses

In spite of all these facts, glasses can give a feeling of lack of fitness which is of vital importance. Glasses vary in thickness and for patients having high degrees of refractive errors thick glasses should be used which is uncomfortable. More over the patient should view through the glass itself to have the proper vision. Glasses create discomfort while in steamy or rainy environment. Glasses impart some heaviness or discomfort over the nasal area and some times can cause pain. In humid climate it imparts some sort of stickiness or irritation.

Things You Should Know About Contact Glasses

Contact lenses as per name lies close to the cornea of the eyes and hence of crucial importance for persons with high refractive errors like astigmatism, long sightedness, short sightedness etc. Because of its proximity to the eyes, only thin glasses are required even if the errors are higher. The utmost importance goes to the cosmetic effect that lenses can impart. It is very difficult to identify one using lenses and one with out, which can also adds to our self-confidence. There are other benefits to contact lenses of course, they’re good when you make rapid movements, because they don’t shake as much as glasses, they’re not affected by rain and any other similar weather conditions. Simply put lenses which are considered an addition to your eyes, rather than a device.

Dangers of Contact lenses

Contact lenses can have lots of dangers, your eyes being more sensitive than those of a regular person. Inserting them takes time and training, and taking care of them requires you to form some habits. One with continuous watering of eyes and dryness finds it hard. It takes a lot to get adapted to lens. Costs of contact lenses are also higher which includes the cost of saline solutions and the lenses. Motivation is also needed for the constant users. Rarely, long continued use can also cause allergic manifestations.

What is Laser Eye Surgery

The laser eye procedure LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery can often drastically improve the vision of many people. While the Lasik procedure is a relatively quick and easy surgery and Lasik procedures today are highly effective and are very precise. About 94 percent of all patients find that they have improved vision almost immediately after the surgery. Many times, patients can have 20/40 eyesight or better after LASIK. It is best to think of this procedure as not eliminating but rather reducing your dependence upon glasses and contact lenses and improving your natural vision.

The procedure itself involves the cutting of a thin flap of the cornea with a laser. Once the flap is lifted, the eye surgeon uses a second laser to reshape the eye, thus correcting the vision, before the flap is returned to place. It can be used to correct either near- or farsightedness.

Risks and Complications Of Laser Eye Surgery

LASIK, like any other surgery, has certain risks. However, LASIK risks are minimal when LASIK surgery is performed by an experienced LASIK surgeon after a thorough consultation and a complete discussion of patient goals, LASIK Eye Surgery is one of the safest, most effective and predictable types of surgery one can have today. However, LASIK is surgery, and as with any type of surgery, there are risks and complications that patients should be aware of and fully understand before consenting to have LASIK or any Laser Eye Surgery procedure for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.

Long Term Effects of Laser Eye Surgery

It is important to understand that since the modern technique of Lasik has only been used for about ten years, doctors do not know the long-term effects.

  • One possible long-term side effect could be reduced night vision or seeing what are called halos around lit objects in low light.
  • Another possible long-term effect is that the benefits of improved vision may not be permanent.

The most important part of the Lasik procedure is to make certain that you are a good candidate for the surgery. . People who should not have the surgery include those who suffer from diseases of the immune system, those who are under eighteen years of age, those with certain eye diseases and people who are pregnant or nursing. Those with very thin corneas, large pupils, early-stage cataracts, or autoimmune disorders should not have the surgery. Negatives also includes remitting or debilitating eye pain, like excessively dry eyes, double vision, shadows or halos, decreased night vision, and a "starburst" effect of oncoming headlights, are correctable.

Rather than these certain surgical bad effects lie epithelial growth beneath the newly positioned flap, regression by which the flap comes to its formal position i.e. before surgery, corneal flap risk due to defective positioning of the flap, and severe inflammation and infection can also occur post operatively.

Expectations should be set for your individual case as there may be special considerations for your prescription, age, occupation, recreational activities or other personal factors. Proper education about the surgery can help many potential patients understand the risks and complications prior to surgery. There are no guarantees for those who choose to have Lasik. The best Lasik patients are those who are fully informed and have realistic expectations of the procedure.


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      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hi H P Roychoudhury,

      Glad to hear that my hub was useful to you. Thanks for your support.

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      H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is great hub containing a lot of information of eye. It will be a good guide in particular to every old man who very often suffered in eye sight in someway or other. It gave me a knowledge as I don’t know what is LASIK surgery ever before.