Glasses, Contacts, LASIK: The Truth about Your Eyes Your Optometrist Won’t Tell You

Eye care professionals are who you go to for advice when your eyes begin giving you trouble. So you expect that your optometrist would be honest with you regardless of your situation. Just like everything else, glasses, contacts, and LASIK have both advantages and disadvantages.  

Question is, will your optometrist offer you the best eye care by telling you the truth? Some eye care professionals do not care. Use the pointers in this article to understand what you need to about the three eye care options.   

  1. Glasses

Advantages

  • They provide predictable and accurate vision correction. They are reliable in terms of correcting your vision to the desired correction, within 0.50 diopter.
  • Since they do not touch your eyeball, glasses do not have side effects.

Disadvantages

When encouraging you to use glasses the optometrist may fail to mention that:

  • Glasses are delicate and so may break or get lost. Meanwhile, your poor vision puts you at risk until you secure another pair. What if you do not have the resources at hand? Life gets harder.
  • They annoyingly fog up in cold environments and humid and so you have to take them off and on multiple times to wipe off the fog.   
  1. Contacts

Advantages

  • Contacts provide you with a better vision of the sides. You do not have to turn your head just to look at something you are secretly looking at.
  • They come in various types and thus meet your needs in multiple ways. Some even come in different colors and make you more attractive.

Disadvantages

Despite contacts being better at some point than glasses, your optometrist could forget to tell you the following:

  • When wearing contacts, you must touch your eyeball, which increases the likelihood of getting corneal infections, scrapes, and scratches. It seems to be a risky eye care approach.  
  • The cleaning and disinfecting processes tend to be inconvenient and complicated. Inserting and removing the contacts becomes difficult without good hand-coordination.   
  1. LASIK

Advantages

  • This eye care procedure has been a success and proven to restore your vision. If you consider post-surgical enhancements, your vision is improved.
  • There are no bandages and stitches involved after surgery. Even the pain is minimal.

Disadvantages

If unskilled or too ambitious, your optometrist may hide the following information:

  • The eye care procedure is permanent. If you seek help from an unskilled laser eye surgeon, you risk getting errors that cannot be reversed.
  • It is a limited eye care approach since not everybody qualifies to have it.

In conclusion, your optometrist may be quick to tell you the advantages of one and fail to mention the disadvantages. Similar, the advantages may be overlooked while insisting on the disadvantages to convince you to take another, probably more expensive, option.

With this information on glasses, contacts, and LASIK, you are better off when seeking eye care from an optometrist. It is best to look dumb as you ask questions, just to find out if your optometrist has your best interests at heart.       

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