LASIK vs. Glasses: Which Option Is Right for Me?
By David Gross on September 29, 2015
The eye care specialists of Deen-Gross Eye Centers have helped countless patients in Merrillville and Hobart see better and more clearly. This is thanks to advanced vision correction options such as custom LASIK surgery.
While LASIK is very popular as a vision correction option, people often wonder if they're better off sticking with glasses. Let's consider how the two stack up against one another.
About LASIK Surgery
LASIK surgery is a laser vision correction procedure that reshapes the cornea, which is the topmost layer of the eye. By reshaping the cornea, LASIK helps improve the passage of light through the eye so that it focuses precisely on the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue located at the back of the eye. By doing this, patients are able to see clearly.
LASIK is ideal for treating refractive errors, which you probably know better by the following terms:
- Myopia (Nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
Who is a good candidate for LASIK surgery?
Ideal candidates for LASIK are at least 18 years old and have has a stable prescription for at least a year. Patients should not have suffered an eye injury or eye infection for at least a year as well, and they should not be currently pregnant or nursing. It's also important that patients have healthy corneas that are regularly shaped and that they do not suffer from dry eye syndrome.
During a consultation, you will be able to learn if LASIK is right for you. In some cases, LASIK may not be an ideal procedure, but an alternative refractive surgery option such as PRK or LASEK may be more ideal. These surgeries work on a similar principle as LASIK and yield comparable results.
About Prescription Glasses
Prescription glasses are an old standby for treating refractive errors and other kinds of vision problems. They work on the same principles as glasses, improving the passage of light through the eyes and ensuring that it focuses properly on the retinas.
Who is a good candidate for glasses?
Since glasses involve no surgery whatsoever, practically everyone can get glasses to address their vision issues. Different kinds of lenses are available to accommodate a patient's needs.
The Advantages of LASIK Over Glasses
One of the key reasons that people choose LASIK over glasses is that they are able to see clearly without wearing corrective lenses at all. The results are quite good, with many patients achieving 20/40 vision to 20/20 vision. Modern LASIK techniques and technology have made the procedure even safer and more accurate than ever before.
The Advantages of Glasses Over LASIK
There are no side effects of potential risks of wearing glasses, and it may wind up being less expensive for someone to wear glasses throughout his or her life rather than undergoing LASIK. In addition, glasses can be a nice fashion accessory, with many designer frames to choose from that come in different shapes and sizes.
Weigh Your Options Carefully and Make the Best Choice for You
During your consultation with an eye care specialist, be sure to ask question and vice your concerns. This will give you the information that you need to make the best possible choices about your eye health.
Learn More About Your Vision Correction Options
If you would like more information about your options for improving your eyesight and seeing clearly again, be sure to contact our laser vision correction and eye care center today. The team at Deen-Gross Eye Centers looks forward to your visit and helping you make smart choices about your vision.
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