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Factors to consider before getting Glasses, Contacts, or LASIK?

"Due to the rise in eyeglass prices, on average $ 244 per pair (according to Consumer Reports), and the fact that prescriptions change several times during life, patients opting for LASIK versus eyeglasses could save a significant amount of money. However,"

If you are part of the people whose vision is not 20/20, you will probably face the decision of how to correct your eyesight. Do you wear glasses or contact lenses (or both), or opt for LASIK? There are several factors that you should consider before making a final decision.

If you are part of the people whose vision is not 20/20, you will probably face the decision of how to correct your eyesight. Do you wear glasses or contact lenses (or both), or opt for LASIK? There are several factors that you should consider before making a final decision.

Cost

Many people are pleasantly surprised to learn that LASIK surgery allows them to save a significant amount of money compared to contact lenses and even glasses. According to various research published by Abbott Medical Optics Inc., the vast majority of patients save approximately $14,000 - $18,000 if they undergo a LASIK procedure in their 30s.

Due to the rise in eyeglass prices, on average $ 244 per pair (according to Consumer Reports), and the fact that prescriptions change several times during life, patients opting for LASIK versus eyeglasses could save a significant amount of money. However, the actual savings depend on the age of the patient, the frequency of changes in the prescription, the specific type of corrective lenses (bifocals, etc.) and other factors.

Lifestyle

Contact lenses and standard glasses are often uncomfortable when doing some hobbies and/or playing sports. For example, patients with contact lenses cannot practice snorkeling and/or diving, unless they use expensive corrective lenses for the diving mask. Many other sports involving running, jumping or contacting, jogging, basketball and soccer, for example, require special sports glasses to prevent normal glasses from bouncing and affecting vision. During the practice of these sports contact lenses can easily be lost.

LASIK surgery allows patients to enjoy all their favorite activities with optimal vision and without the need to incur additional expenses on special equipment or the worry of losing their lenses. However, it must be taken into account that after surgery all patients must wait several weeks before participating in contact sports.

Comfort and Convenience

Many patients do not get used to glasses or contact lenses and report some discomfort when using them. Broken, scratched or misplaced glasses always seem to happen at the most inopportune times, such as during vacations, when replacing them is expensive and time-consuming. In addition, glasses require frequent adjustments to keep them in an optimal position and exert an uncomfortable pressure on the paranasal sinuses and ears.

The handling and care of contact lenses is usually tedious. Once you release one, or it falls out of your eye, it can be damaged or hard to find. Contact lenses evoke the feeling that there is a foreign object in the eye (because there is), also increase the risk of eye infections and can cause irritation, itching or dry eye syndrome. These irritations and even infections occur because contact lenses decrease the production of tears, which naturally eliminates irritants from the eyes, and also hinder the supply of oxygen to the cornea.

95% of patients who undergo LASIK surgery reduce their dependence on glasses or contact lenses. After the surgery, you can get up every morning and enjoy your improved vision. In addition, surgery allows you to get rid of the dreaded "four eyes" syndrome of eyeglasses and the red, puffy “allergy eyes” contacts cause.

Visual fatigue

Due to the digital age in which we live our eyes are demanded daily, therefore it is of great importance that you choose the most appropriate option for the correction of your vision. Several studies have revealed that approximately 70 percent of Americans report eyestrain as a result of spending an average of 6-9 hours a day versus digital devices. Other symptoms commonly associated with "digital visual fatigue" are headaches, neck and shoulder pain, dry eyes and blurred vision.

People with common vision conditions, such as astigmatism (irregularly shaped corneas), hyperopia (farsightedness) and presbyopia (loss of concentration close to aging) are more likely to suffer from digital visual fatigue. To make matters worse, contact lenses and glasses often prescribed for these conditions can contribute to digital eyestrain.

LASIK surgery allows correcting many of the conditions that lead to visual fatigue, including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The monovision LASIK option also corrects presbyopia.

To make sure you make the best decision for your vision, consult your ophthalmologist, who will indicate the most appropriate option for you.

Original Source: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3975852

Written By: Greening Corporation United