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Contact Lenses Vs Laser Eye Surgery

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Contact lenses can be used to correct vision problems including short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. While laser eye surgery can reduce your dependence on glasses or contact lenses significantly, or even eradicate the need for them altogether. Read on to learn more about the benefits of contact lenses and laser eye surgery.

Contact lenses

Benefits of contact lenses

  • If you don’t like wearing glasses, or don’t feel that they suit you, contact lenses can provide an alternative.
  • Contacts provide a better field of view than glasses – Contact lenses conform to the curvature of the eye, so you won’t have frames getting in the way of your vision.
  • Freedom to be more active – Contact lenses are less restrictive than glasses when it comes to activities such as playing sports.

Disadvantages of wearing contact lenses

  • You’ll have to get used to putting them in – If you don’t like touching your eyes, contact lenses may not be the best option for you.
  • There’s a risk of infection – To keep the risk of infection to a minimum, you’ll need to ensure that you clean your lenses thoroughly, or use daily disposable lenses.
  • They’re inconvenient – Contact lenses can fall out and get lost easily. You’ll also need to remember to carry spare lenses and cleaning fluid around with you.

Laser eye surgery

Benefits of laser eye surgery

  • A long-term solution – The changes made to your eyes during the treatment will be permanent, and although your vision may still change over time, laser eye surgery offers a much longer lasting solution than other forms of vision correction.
  • Increased freedom – If you choose laser eye surgery, you’ll be able to step out of the house without having to worry about carrying your glasses.
  • Less risk of infection – If you choose laser eye surgery instead, once your eyes have healed you’ll be able to avoid these risks.

Potential disadvantages of laser eye surgery

  • Dry eyes – You might find that your eyes feel slightly dry and uncomfortable immediately after your treatment. Your surgeon will give you eye drops to help combat this, and it should soon pass once your eyes heal.
  • Your vision might not be perfect – Laser eye surgery can help improve your vision significantly, but you might still find that you need glasses for some tasks, such as reading small print or driving at night.
  • Glare or halo effect – You might find that you experience some glare or ‘halo effect’ after having treatment. This usually reduces significantly in the first few weeks after treatment, and continues to improve over the first three months.

To learn more about your options, contact Eyeworks and schedule an appointment today!

At Eyeworks, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 817-346-7077 or book an appointment online to see one of our Ft. Worth eye doctors.

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