In the past, patients who suffered from vision impairment were pretty limited in their treatment options. Fortunately, today’s patients have a variety of options to consider when it comes to vision correction. As far as prescription lenses go, contact lenses have become a popular option among our patients. Those who prefer laser vision correction still choose LASIK surgery in overwhelming numbers. LASIK reshapes the cornea to address visual irregularities so that patients can enjoy sharp, focused vision. Both LASIK and contact lenses have their own pros and cons that should be considered and ophthalmologist William E. Holcomb is happy to help patients do just that. Dr. Holcomb discusses treatment with LASIK vs. contact lenses to help his Madison patients determine which is right for them.
Like eyeglasses, contact lenses place a prescription lens over the eyes in order to improve a patient’s vision. Contact lenses can improve the vision of those who suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Many patients prefer contact lenses to glasses because they are worn directly over the eyes and, therefore, do not require a frame. Below are some of the advantages of contact lens treatment:
- Contact lenses can be easily adjusted to meet a changing prescription
- Contact lenses do not interfere with a person’s appearance
- Contact lenses are affordable and easy to replace if lost or damaged
While there are many benefits to contact lens treatment, there are some drawbacks to consider as well, including the following:
- Some patients find contact lenses difficult to apply correctly
- Contact lenses require a lot of upkeep and cleanings
- Continual replacement of contact lenses can become costly over time
- Contact lenses mask, rather than correct, visual imperfections
All things considered, contact lenses are an effective treatment for vision impairment and are an excellent option for those looking for an alternative to glasses, or those who are not LASIK candidates.
LASIK is different than contact lenses and glasses because it treats vision impairment at its source. During LASIK surgery, Dr. Holcomb alters the shape of the cornea to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. This provides patients with long-term vision results and often completely eliminates the need for prescription lenses. Some additional benefits of LASIK surgery include the following:
- LASIK has an extremely high success rate and low risk of complication
- LASIK frees patients from the maintenance, responsibility, and costs of glasses or contact lenses
- LASIK improves patient vision immediately and leaves most with 20/20 vision or better by the time recovery is complete
Although LASIK has proven successful for an overwhelming number of patients, those considering LASIK treatments should know the drawbacks of LASIK treatment. Below are some of the cons of LASIK surgery:
- LASIK surgery is a costly procedure
- LASIK treatment is an invasive procedure that does carry a risk of complication (although it is minimal)
- LASIK surgery is not suitable for certain patients, including those with thin corneas or those with an unsteady vision prescription
Because the drawbacks of LASIK are so minimal compared to the advantages, many patients still prefer LASIK treatment to any other form of vision correction.
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For patients who are looking for safe, effective, and long-term treatment of vision impairment, LASIK truly is one of the best options to consider. To learn more about LASIK surgery and to find out if you are a candidate for treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. William E. Holcomb at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.