Eye Surgery Versus Contact Lenses – What Is The Best Long-Term Option?

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Anyone fed up with wearing glasses day-in, day-out, or changing their contacts on a daily basis has probably considered eye surgery. Laser eye surgery isn’t suitable for everyone though, and the only other option is continuous-wear contacts, which can be worn for up to 30 days.

With both eye surgery and contact lenses offering good vision without the hassle, which is the best long term option?

Quality of vision

It has been proven that eye surgery and extended use contacts offer good or excellent vision for the right person. However, with your own vision changing over time, it’s worth considering which is best in the long run.

Laser eye surgery has advanced in recent years, with most patients benefitting from 20/20 vision. There will be a handful of people that find they have to wear reading glasses occasionally in the future, but this is often an unavoidable aspect of old-age.

As contact lenses are only worn for 30 days, it’s very easy to change the prescription in the event of your vision changing. However, it’s likely that you will still have to wear glasses to read.

Safety

Contact lenses and eye surgery are both very safe for most people, but there are some risks to consider with both. First up, laser eye surgery can cause dry eyes or glare, but continuous wear contact lenses carry a risk of eye infection.

A few years ago, one of the world’s top eye doctors claimed that contact lenses were more likely to lead to a loss of vision over time than laser eye surgery.

Cost

The cost of laser eye surgery does vary depending on the clinic, the type of procedure and so on, but in general, you can expect to pay between £1,000 and £1,800 per eye.

Although it may initially seem costly, when compared to the long-term cost of continuous wear contact lenses, it more affordable. One set of 30-day contacts is around £40 so £480 a year or £4,800 over a decade.

When choosing between the two, you’ll have to ask yourself a number of questions, such as whether you need the flexibility of surgery, which carries the highest risk for you and whether you are willing to pay more in the long run, rather than a larger fee upfront. Don’t forget there are often payment plans available to make laser eye surgery more affordable.

Before making any sudden decisions, it is important that you find out more about laser eye surgery and continuous contact lenses. There are pros and cons to both, so it’s worth discussing your needs with a specialist.

 

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