If glasses aren’t your thing, contacts can be a good alternative. But they aren’t for everyone.
A lot of people struggle with wearing contacts for one reason or another, but they aren’t sure about potential alternatives. If you’re one of those people, you should know that LASIK is a very effective and safe alternative.
In the long run, LASIK is even safer than wearing contact lenses! Do you have problems with your contact lenses?
Keep reading for 4 signs it’s time to say goodbye to contacts and hello to LASIK instead!
1. Your Eyes are Always Irritated
Contacts come in many varieties, and some are more comfortable than others. But no matter what kind of contact lens you use, there’s always some danger of them drying out your eyes.
Contact lenses work because they alter the direction that light rays focus light onto your retina. Part of their power comes from the fact that they rest directly on the cornea.
But because they do rest right on the cornea, you run the risk of drying out your eyes and depriving them of much-needed oxygen. At the end of the day, contact lenses are a foreign object that you place on a very sensitive part of your body.
While they’re designed to be safe, you need to use them correctly every time you put them in and treat them properly with contact lens solution. If you’re already experiencing issues, like dry eyes from seasonal weather or looking at screens for too long, contacts can make those symptoms worse.
This can be the case even when you do everything right. It’s easy to forget to take out your contacts when you should, or not wash your hands before taking them out. If these things happen, you run a higher risk of irritating your eyes and making yourself more prone to infections.
Can You Get An Infection From LASIK?
Now, you may wonder if you can get an infection from LASIK. While it is possible to get infections from eye surgery, it’s very unlikely.
The best thing you can do is to follow all post-surgical care instructions and take your prescribed eye drops. The eye drops prevent infection as well as reduce inflammation.
Getting an infection from prolonged contact use is far more common than getting an infection from LASIK. You risk an infection every time you wear contacts, but LASIK is a one-time procedure.
Contacts have a higher rate of infection because they make your eyes more vulnerable by drying them out. Your eyes could be temporarily drier after LASIK, but the feeling of dryness should go away on its own.
The best way to save your eyes from discomfort, especially if you’re a daily contact lens wearer, is to get LASIK instead.
2. Your Allergies are Out of Control
Seasonal allergies are common, which is unsurprising when you consider how many people have an allergy to pollen. But some people suffer from worse allergy symptoms than others.
Did you know that if you have bad allergies and wear contacts, your contacts may be at fault? Pollen tends to get everywhere in the spring, including on your fingers.
You may not be able to see the yellow dust on your hands, but there’s a good chance that the residue is there if you’ve been outside and haven’t washed your hands. Now, what if you rub your eyes after this?
You’ve exposed your eyes and your contact lenses to pollen. The trouble with pollen is that it tends to stick.
Having pollen stuck in your eye makes allergic reactions a lot worse. If you’re an allergy sufferer and you wear contact lenses, it may seem like this is impossible to avoid.
The most obvious solution, of course, is to give yourself a break from wearing contacts on days when there’s a lot of pollen and wear glasses. If you don’t love the idea of being stuck wearing glasses during warm spring days, there’s a better way.
This is when getting LASIK makes a lot of sense. If you don’t want to be stuck deciding between itchy eyes or glasses every spring, LASIK is the perfect option.
With LASIK, you won’t need to wear contacts and you’ll be able to see and be comfortable. The great thing about this procedure is that it’s permanent, so you can enjoy the benefits for many more allergy seasons to come!
3. You’re Sick of Paying Too Much for Contacts
Quality contact lenses can be expensive. Many people may think that getting LASIK is cost-prohibitive, but it doesn’t have to be.
With financing options, payment plans, FSAs, and other ways to pay, LASIK’s one-time cost doesn’t have to mean going for broke. One key difference between LASIK and contact lenses is that LASIK is a one-time cost, but contacts need constant maintenance.
LASIK is a permanent procedure that alters the shape of your cornea. In fact, after a few years, LASIK starts paying for itself.
While you’ll pay more upfront for LASIK, you’ll save money over time by no longer needing to pay for contacts. You also won’t have to pay for glasses, which have a tendency to be more expensive.
LASIK is an investment in you and your future! Who wouldn’t want to invest in themselves in the form of crystal clear vision?
4. Even with Contacts, Your Vision Isn’t Perfect
Wearing glasses may help you see, but the thick lenses and frames can obscure your vision. Contacts are better, but they still aren’t perfect.
When you look through a lens on top of your eye, your vision can’t be perfect. But with LASIK, it can be 20/20 or better.
Patients with LASIK have better visual acuity after the procedure than they have with contacts. Their depth perception is better and they have a wider field of vision. Even colors seem brighter!
Your contacts may help you see well enough to get around, but they could keep you from capturing the beauty of the world around you. With LASIK you can see with nothing more than your own two eyes. If you want the best view of your surroundings, LASIK is the way to go.
Ready to say so long to contact lenses? The first step is finding out if you’re a good candidate for LASIK! Schedule your LASIK consultation at Herschel LASIK and Cataract Institute in Orlando, FL, now! Why not find out if visual freedom could be yours for the taking?