LASIK, Contacts or Glasses? Your Vision Correction Options

If you have issues with your sight then you should think about your options when it comes to vision correction. The field of vision correction is one that has changed a lot over the years, and today people have a lot of options open to them depending on the tye of vision issue that they have and how ‘stable’ their vision is.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular solutions for vision correction.

Glasses

Prescription glasses are the go-to treatment for a lot of people who have short-sightedness, astigmatism, and long-sightedness, as well as certain types of age-related eyesight issues. Glasses are popular for several reasons.

Firstly, they are non-invasive. You simply put them on when you need to be able to see, and then take them off when you go to bed, or if you playing sports/showering, etc.

Secondly, they are easy to change. Some people, especially teenagers and young adults, have eyesight that changes a lot over time. These people will need to have their prescription updated as their eyesight changes. Glasses are easy to replace as the prescription changes.

Some people need varifocals, or to have one pair of glasses for reading and one for driving. Again, it is easier to change classes than it is to, for example, change contact lenses.

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are another popular option. Contact lenses work in the same way that glasses do, only instead of wearing the glasses on your face, with a frame, you put the lens against your eye. This means that people have no idea that you need to wear something to correct your vision.

Many people prefer wearing glasses to contact lenses because they do not steam up when you go from a cool environment to a warm one, and they cope better with rain as well. In addition, there are many sporting activities where it is OK to wear contact lenses, but glasses would be a safety hazard. Unfortunately, not all types of vision issue can be corrected with contact lenses.

LASIK

Laser surgery is a long term form of vision correction which can be a huge benefit for those who are eligible for it. There are many different kinds of laser surgery but LASIK is one of the most popular. LASIK uses a laser to reshape the cornea. This can be done to correct shortsightedness, astigmatism and long-sightedness. For more information on the differeent types of LASIK, click here to visit Crews LASIK and Cataract Center Portland.

LASIK eye surgery
LASIK eye surgery

LASIK can often free people from needing to wear glasses or contact lenses. It is not risk-free, and it is not always totally effective, but it can be useful for a lot of people. It is best for those whose prescriptions have been stable for a long time. LASIK has a short healing time, and it is popular with athletes who do not want to wear glasses while playing sport, as well as with those who simply dislike having to fuss with glasses or contact lenses on a day to day basis.

After having LASIK, your vision can deteriorate again. The good news is that it is possible to have the surgery more than once, if necessary.

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