Things To Consider When Deciding Between The Various Options For Vision Correction

7 July 2016
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More than 60 percent of people need some type of visual aid in order to see properly, with about 57 percent of people wearing glasses and about 12 percent wearing contact lenses at least some of the time. These are two of the more common methods for vision correction. Another option for some people is laser eye surgery. Which option is best for you will depend on a number of different factors.

Benefits of Glasses

Glasses tend to be a good choice for people who want an easy, low-maintenance option for vision correction. They don't need to be cleaned that often, they're relatively inexpensive as you don't need to replace them very often and it isn't necessary to touch your eyeballs and increase your risk for eye infections. Glasses are better for people with sensitive or dry eyes and can help protect the eyes from dust and wind. They can also serve as a fashion statement, as the many different options available can let people express their personality through their choice of glasses.

Benefits of Contacts

People who don't want to wear glasses can opt for contacts. These make it easier to participate in sports and can actually improve vision more than glasses in some cases because they don't distort peripheral vision. Contacts won't get foggy in bad weather and make it possible to play around with your eye color. Nobody needs to know you're wearing contacts, which can be a benefit for people who are a little vain and would otherwise need rather thick lenses that aren't particularly attractive.

Laser Eye Surgery

Glasses or contacts can help correct vision, but only when you're wearing them. For good candidates, having laser eye surgery can totally remove the need for any type of corrective vision aids. Only adults with healthy eyes that are in good health and have had the same prescription for at least a year can benefit from laser eye surgery. It's also necessary that the cornea is at least a certain thickness and that you don't have very large pupils, as these can affect the results. Finally, those who are extremely nearsighted or farsighted may not be good candidates for this surgery. Although the surgery can make it so you no longer need to wear contacts or glasses, in very rare cases it can cause loss of vision, overcorrection, infection, dry eyes for up to six months or temporary vision disturbances, such as halos or hazy vision.  

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from San Juans Vision Source.