Surgery Or Corrective Lenses? Choosing The Best Vision Correction Option For You

Posted on: 10 October 2016

The health of your eyes and the quality of your vision have a major impact on your daily life and activities. When your vision is failing you, everything you do is impacted. If you have gone to the eye doctor and found that you are in need of vision correction, you may be presented with two general options. Those options are corrective lenses (i.e. eyeglasses or contacts) and surgery (i.e. Lasik surgery or small incision lenticule extraction surgery). Choosing between these different options can be a difficult process. However, getting to know some of the facts about these options can better help you choose your vision correction procedure.

Surgery May Not Be A Good Option If You Have Other Health Problems

Certain health conditions can make corrective eye surgery a more risky process than many eye doctors would prefer. Diabetes, for example, can cause numerous problems with a person's vision and eye health. Because of these effects that diabetes has on the eyes, surgery can be risky and may not be entirely effective.

There are numerous other health problems and conditions that may make surgery a poor option for vision correction. These include high blood pressure, certain autoimmune diseases, thin corneas or corneal scarring, and other problems with the eyes. If you have these conditions, vision correction surgery may not be worth the risk to your overall health.

Corrective Lenses Can Be Updated

Corrective vision surgery is meant to be a permanent or semi-permanent procedure to correct vision. The problem is that the eyes continue to change even after the surgery. This means that even after going through surgery and the recovery process, you may still need additional vision correction in the form of corrective lenses or additional surgeries.

The caveat, of course, is that sometimes, a person will only be able to have corrective eye surgery once because their corneas are not thick enough to withstand another surgical procedure. In essence, there is a chance that corrective vision surgery will still lead you right back to wearing corrective lenses anyway.

Corrective lenses can be updated as needed, and with all of the improvements in the technology that goes into creating these lenses, they have increasingly become more comfortable, easy to use, and stylish. In this way, corrective lenses can be an effective choice that, for some people, may be worth the hassle of changing contact lenses or keeping track of glasses on a daily basis.

Now that you know a few of the factors to consider when choosing between eye surgery and corrective lenses, you can better make your choice and get the vision correction that you need as soon as possible.