Long-Term Safety of LASIK Vs Contact Lenses

Long-Term Safety of LASIK Vs Contact Lenses

Contact lens vs LASIK


There are two popular options to see clearly without glasses: contact lenses and Laser Eye Surgery (including LASIK treatment).

But which is right for you?

This blog post will help you understand the pros and cons of each, so you can choose the best way to keep your eyes healthy and see clearly in the long run!

Contact Lenses: Convenience and Short-Term Considerations

Contact lenses offer undeniable convenience.

First of all, they’re invisible, eliminating the aesthetic concerns associated with glasses.

Secondly, they contacts provide a wider field of view than glasses. This enhances your experience in sports and other activities.

However, contact lenses do have their drawbacks.

Potential Risks and Complications of Long-Term Contact Lens Use

While generally safe with proper care, using contact lenses long-term carries inherent risks, such as:


1) Corneal infections

Caused by improper contact lens hygiene, overuse, or contaminated lens solution.


2) Corneal ulcers

Open sores on the cornea can be painful and even lead to vision loss in severe cases.


3) Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC)

Inflammation of the conjunctiva (the thin membrane covering the white part of the eye) can cause irritation and discomfort.


4) Dry eye syndrome

Contact lens use can disrupt tear production, leading to dry, irritated eyes.


These complications can significantly impact your eye health and comfort, making long-term use a consideration.

The Evolution of LASIK Technology for Enhanced Safety

LASIK technology has undergone significant advancements in recent years, prioritising patient safety and maximising long-term results.

Depending on your clinic of choice, advanced LASIK can now include:

Topography-guided LASIK
At specialised clinics, your consultation will include a custom 3D scan of your cornea. This allows your LASIK treatment to precisely target the unique topography of your eyes, providing higher definition and clarity than standard LASIK.
Surgical Expertise
Experienced LASIK surgeons are not only able to treat previously untreatable complex vision needs, but deliver better LASIK outcomes overall. 
Depending on the surgeon and the laser technology, LASIK treatment times can average as low as 6 seconds per eye. This not only provides a more comfortable experience, but can minimise post-LASIK risks such as dry eyes and flap complications.
Multi-Dimensional Eye-Tracking
Certain lasers are equipped with technology that tracks your eyes up to 1000 times per second, making sure that the laser treatment is safe and precise.
Advanced lasers employ technology that distributes each pulse of laser energy evenly, ensuring a safe and controlled LASIK treatment.

Because of better technology, careful checkups before surgery, and skilled doctors, the new generation of LASIK has a significantly enhanced safety profile.

LASIK Suitability and Alternatives

Certain eye conditions, like severe dry eye or corneal irregularities, can mean that you are not suitable for LASIK.

If LASIK isn’t suitable for you, there are alternative options like Trans-Epi Laser Treatment or Lens Replacement Surgery that your doctor can discuss with you.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Contact Lenses Vs LASIK

Choosing between LASIK vs contact lenses is a personal decision.

While both correct vision, they cater to different needs and preferences:

comparison table of contact lenses vs LASIK

Ultimately, the best choice for your eye health depends on your individual needs and preferences.

Importance of Regular Eye Exams

Regardless of whether you choose contact lenses or LASIK, it’s crucial that you schedule comprehensive eye exams with an experienced doctor.

These exams will help monitor your eye health, ensure your vision correction method is working effectively, and detect any potential problems early on.

If you’re considering LASIK, consulting with a qualified Ophthalmologist or LASIK surgeon is crucial to determine if you’re a good candidate, recommending the best procedure for you.

Aspiring for a Future of Unaided Vision?

Explore the possibilities with trusted Laser experts that prioritise safety, advanced technology, and patient well-being.

While we specialise in Laser Eye Surgery at our clinic, we also recognise the value of quality contact lens care for individuals who choose that path.

Our commitment lies in supporting your journey towards clear vision, whichever option aligns best with your unique needs.

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