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Laser Eye Surgery or Contact Lens: Which is better?

Mr Tariq Ayoub - 6 Mar 2021

If you don’t like wearing glasses then chances are you have already considered or already using contact lenses. But have you considered that laser eye surgery could be a better option?

Laser eye surgery

If you, like over half the population, require vision correction for a problem like myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism or presbyopia, and already wear contact lenses or glasses, then you might consider having laser eye surgery. However, the suitability of one over the other is determined by various factors. In this article, we discuss the various factors.

Age

Most people have the misconception that laser eye surgery can only be performed in the late 20s or early 30s. In fact, you are suitable for laser eye surgery from any time after the age of 18.

Another misconception is the myth that there is an upper age limit for laser eye surgery. After the age of 45, most people develop a condition called presbyopia. They find having to wear bifocal/varifocal glasses/contact lenses or more annoyingly two separate pairs of glasses: one for distance and another for near. PresbyLASIK or Laser eye surgery with monovision, wherein one eye is corrected for distance and the other eye for reading, is the perfect solution for presbyopic eyes.

Laser eye surgery may be the preferred option once you are 18 years old.

Lifestyle

We lead very busy and active lifestyles. Many of us work long days of 10 hours or more. Many of us undertake sports or have hobbies. Using contact lenses or glasses can interfere with these activities. Contact lens overuse or misuse is a common problem that can lead to dry eyes, sore eyes, itchy eyes, headaches, damage to the cornea and severe infection which can be sight-threatening.

Laser eye surgery does away with the need for contact lenses or glasses allowing you to get on with your daily activities, whether that be long hours at work or pursuing your favourite sporting activities and hobbies. You would not have to worry about broken glasses or torn contact lenses. You can go on holiday worry-free: no forgotten contact lens solution and you can see underwater!

Laser eye surgery is definitely the preferred option when lifestyle factors are considered.

Cost

The average spend on contact lenses over a ten year period is approximately £3600. It is not recommended to wear contact lenses 7 days a week. Therefore, you must always have a pair of glasses. The average spend on contact lenses and glasses increases to £5000 over a ten year period. The costs add up when you multiply this over your lifetime. Additionally, you would have to pay extra for lost or torn contact lenses and broken spectacles.

The cost of laser eye surgery is comfortably covered by your spend on contact lenses and glasses over a few years. You also have the option of finance (currently covered over 10 months at Oculase) which gives you greater flexibility to spread out the cost of laser eye surgery.

Laser eye surgery is definitely more cost-effective than contact lenses in the long run.

Risk of Infection

The risk of developing an infection with 5 years of extended wear contact lens use is 17 times more than having LASIK. This same study found the risk increases by 34 times with 10 years of contact lens use. Wearing contact lenses puts your eyes at risk of infection but if you choose laser eye surgery, once your eyes have healed you will be able to avoid these risks.

Laser eye surgery definitely carries less risk of infection compared to long-term contact lens and glasses use.

At Oculase, our lead surgeon, Mr Ayoub, will discuss all your options with you and tailor your treatment to your individual circumstances. Learn more about one of London and Birmingham’s best laser eye surgeons.

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