Contact Lenses Vs Eye Surgery
Contact lenses (contacts), like eyeglasses help to correct refractive errors in the eye. Contacts are thin lenses worn directly on the cornea of the eye to correct defects in vision inconspicuously or for cosmetic or therapeutic purposes. Contacts must be prescribed by a professional optometrist.
When used properly contacts are a safe and effective way to correct vision. Depending on your eyes and your lifestyle, contacts can be a good alternative to glasses. Among the advantages of contacts over glasses are appearance, aesthetic (color) and practicality. However, people also choose contacts because they do not steam up, provide a wider field of vision, and are more suitable for a number of sporting activities.
Contacts are considered medically necessary to correct certain conditions. They are used to correct the same conditions as glasses such as:
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
- Astigmatism (distorted vision)
- Presbyopia (need for bifocals)
Treatment with contact lenses generally cost about 20% of the cost of surgery and has a high success rate. Contacts are 100% effective for most patients who wear them. Using contacts in place of surgery avoids making irreversible changes to the cornea.
The health of your eyes should be a top priority for everyone your main. Choose an optometrist who is knowledgeable and experienced with contact lenses.
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