LASIK OR CONTACTS: WHICH IS SAFER? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
If you don’t like glasses, your alternatives include contact lenses or LASIK vision correction. We know that LASIK is more convenient and saves you money in the long run but which is the safer alternative? You’ll be surprised to learn that that actually LASIK is safer than wearing contact lenses. As a comprehensive ophthalmologist, I treat all types of eye problems. It is much more common for a contact lens wearer to come in with a severe eye problem than someone who has had LASIK.
Up to 6% of contact lens wearers per year experience a severe eye infection, worsening dry eye symptoms or even an allergy to contact lenses themselves. These and other problems are not only painful but can lead to permanent vision loss and an inability to resume contact use or have LASIK in the future.
As LASIK safety is not the same everywhere you go, select your LASIK surgeon carefully. All my patients benefit from blade-free LASIK using two lasers instead of one. It is almost impossible to have a complication during this type of LASIK procedure. That’s why we call it “LASIK for Chickens.”
If you have been thinking about LASIK, consider your odds of a problem if you stay in contacts. You knew that LASIK simplifies your life and is more cost effective; now add safety to the list favoring LASIK. Give us 20 minutes and we can turn those contacts into a distant memory.
While taking the blade out of the LASIK equation allows more patients to be good candidates, there still are exceptions. To see if LASIK is an option for you, call for your personalized screening exam. It’s complimentary and pressure-free.
Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including blade-free LASIK, small incision cataract surgery with premium bifocal and astigmatism implants, glaucoma care, macular degeneration management, dry eye therapies and more. She practices with Dr. Mark German at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. Patients of all ages are welcome and most insurance plans accepted.
For more eye care information, visit www.LakeShoreVision.com or call 262-241-1919.