We field a number of patient questions here at Peña Eye Institute, and we're always pleased to provide answers. This focus on straight talk and honest assessments is what has made out practice a great eye care resource for the people of McAllen.
One of the questions we get a lot: “Is LASIK surgery better than prescription glasses?” Let's answer this question right now by breaking down each option and their benefits.
Prescription glasses are the go-to solution for a wide variety of vision problems. Having prescription lenses is great for addressing refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. Glasses can also be used to address other kinds of vision issues, such as minor cataracts and the age-related farsightedness caused by presbyopia.
Ideal Candidates for Glasses
Since glasses are non-surgical and are simple (relatively speaking) to prescribe and fabricate, almost anyone with a vision issue is a good candidate for glasses. Various frames and lenses are available as well, allowing for a great deal of versatility when it comes to getting the right glasses to fit your personality.
LASIK is one of the most popular laser eye surgeries in the world. The procedure involves the reshaping of the cornea to improve the path of light through the eyes to focus on the retinas (the light-sensitive tissue essential for proper visual acuity). Thanks to LASIK, people who suffer from refractive errors can see clearly. In many cases, people who undergo LASIK do not require corrective lenses.
Ideal Candidates for LASIK
Ideal candidates for LASIK are people who are at least 18 years old and have had a stable prescription for at least a year going into surgery. They should not be pregnant or nursing, suffer from dry eye syndrome, or have issues with corneal shape and thickness. It's important that LASIK patients have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure, and that they understand all of the risks and benefits involved as well.
The Benefits of Glasses Over LASIK
Glasses are reliable and non-surgical, and there are few if any restrictions in terms of candidacy. In addition, many people find glasses to be excellent fashion accessories that help complement their personality as well as their outfits. In some cases, a lifetime of glasses may be less expensive than the LASIK procedure.
The Benefits of LASIK Over Glasses
LASIK offers patients a high degree of vision quality, with freedom from frames, lenses, and contacts. If patients have active lifestyles, LASIK afford them a number of benefits since they can do their favorite things without being encumbered or inconvenienced. For a number of patients, getting LASIK, while a greater cost upfront, will save them money in the long run compared to a lifetime of prescription lenses.
The Bottom Line: It Depends on You
There are compelling advantages to glasses and LASIK that make each a viable option for patients. The ultimate decision comes down to your preference and your needs. Some patients may prefer glasses, while other may really want to have the freedom that LASIK affords them.
During the consultation process, we will be sure to go over the pros and cons of LASIK and whether or not it would be most ideal for you.
Learn More About Your Vision Correction Options
For more information about LASIK, glasses, and other options for improving your eyesight, be sure to contact our team of vision correction experts today. We are Peña Eye Institute are committed to you and your eye care needs.