If you suffer from poor eyesight but don’t want to wear glasses, then you’re left with two options: contact lenses or laser eye surgery.
Contact lenses are suitable for most cases of reduced vision, but they do have their drawbacks. Which is why more and more people are turning to laser eye surgery to permanently alter the way they see the world around them.
Before making a decision about which of these solutions works best for you, it’s a good idea to weigh up the pros and cons. Here at Optegra, with our world-class surgeons and high success rates, we think that once you do, you’ll see that laser eye surgery
is a very enticing option.
Contact lenses do work but they come with a lot of baggage. Every morning you have to take the time to put your lenses in, remembering to take them out at the end of the day. This is not a lengthy procedure and does get easier with time, but initially it can be uncomfortable and time consuming.
You have to make sure your lenses are stored away cleanly and that you have enough solution to do so. Disposable lenses are available but you still have to take the time to insert and remove them.
Laser eye surgery is a one off, permanent treatment that takes about ten minutes per eye. You’ll need a couple of initial consultations, and aftercare appointments as well. But recovery time is short, with most patients making it in to work the next day.
For a few weeks after treatment you may experience some slight blurring, glare or halo effects. This will usually improve within a few weeks, with eyesight reaching its optimal level after three to six months. Most patients report 20/20 vision, and even with the eyes’ natural deterioration with age, rates for most remain at 20/25 or above even after ten years.
Once treatment is carried out, you won’t ever have to worry about your eyes again. Just get on with your life, hassle free.
When being worn, your lenses will work sufficiently but they are not suitable for every activity. If you play any kind of contact sport or enjoy high energy activities, lenses are not suitable for use in these circumstances as they can be knocked out or dislodged in the eye.
Likewise, if you forget to put lenses in or have taken them out for some reason, other activities, including driving and reading, become difficult - sometimes even illegal.
With laser eye surgery, once your corneas have been corrected, they remain so for life. There are no restrictions (except during your recovery period after surgery) on what you can and can’t do.
While the natural effects of aging on the muscles that control the eye might mean you need glasses for some minor tasks later in life, on the whole eyesight is vastly improved, making everyday tasks more convenient.
The average cost of contact lenses varies depending on supplier but is usually around the £200 per year mark. On top of that you have to pay for regular eye tests and sometimes delivery costs too.
Over the course of 10 years, that’s around £2,000 not counting for inflation, plus the costs of several eye tests and a few other associated outgoings.
Laser eye surgery costs
are about £2,000 per eye, including consultations and after care. So for both eyes you’re looking at about £4,000. It’s a one off payment, not subject to inflation or price fluctuations, and you won’t need additional eye tests.
So, in 20 years or less you will be saving money over using contact lenses, and that’s not even mentioning what you can do with all the additional free time you’ll have over two decades.
On the whole, contact lenses are very safe. However, there is some risk in the form of bacterial or fungal infections. Wearers also suffer scratches and damage when the lenses move around the eye.
Laser eye surgery is also incredibly safe. Complication rates during the surgery are around 0.1% and your skilled surgeon
is on hand to deal with any problems. Fewer than 5% of patients will require any further treatment either immediately after or at any point in their lives.
So, as you can see, laser eye surgery seems to have the upper hand on lenses in terms of time, cost and convenience. If you’re still unsure about swapping your lenses for hassle free, 20/20 vision, then why not book a free consultation with Optegra or head on down to an open evening at your nearest clinic?
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