LASIK Surgery vs. Glasses
Clear vision is important for a number of reasons: it allows people to read documents, work on a computer, see upcoming street signs when they’re driving, and enjoy the views and landscapes around them. When the eyes fail to provide patients with clear, crisp vision, all of these abilities are compromised. Fortunately, there are treatments that can focus patients’ vision. Glasses can be fit with prescription lenses, temporarily improving a patient’s eyesight. Another option is LASIK surgery to reshape the cornea and permanently address the corneal imperfections that cause nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Dr. Daniel Goldberg can discuss LASIK vs. glasses with our Monmouth County patients to help them determine which treatment option is best for them.
LASIK surgery is a highly precise and effective procedure that allows patients to free themselves of the need for glasses or contact lenses. By addressing the cause of vision impairment, Dr. Goldberg can provide patients with superior vision results, often leaving patients with vision that is 20/20 or better. Many have heard about the many benefits of LASIK, including the following:
- Immediate vision improvement, with continued improvement in the days after surgery
- Fairly short recovery (most side effects dissipate within a week)
- Very low risk of complication
- Proven record of success (roughly 95 percent of patients report satisfaction with surgery)
- Long-term results
Because there are so many benefits of LASIK surgery, it is the gold standard in vision correction. While there are many advantages to LASIK surgery, there are some drawbacks to consider. Not all patients are good candidates for the procedure. Patients who are under 18 years old, those with an unstable vision prescription, or those with other eye health problems are not good candidates for LASIK. Another factor to consider is the cost of LASIK treatment. The upfront cost of LASIK treatment is significant, but patients should consider the fact that money will be saved over time because there will be less upkeep or maintenance when compared to glasses.
Glasses remain one of the most common treatments for vision impairment. Like LASIK, glasses can offer treatment for problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. However, glasses only temporarily improve vision, rather than address vision problems at their source. Still, for patients who are not good LASIK candidates, or for those who wish to avoid invasive treatment, glasses provide more focused vision. Glasses offer patients the following benefits:
- Glasses can be easily changed to meet a patient’s changing prescription
- Glasses can complement a patient’s unique style
- Glasses require minimal upfront expense
Although glasses can effectively improve vision, they do require significant care. Patients who are tired of looking for misplaced glasses or sick of the hassle of cleaning their glasses can always inquire about LASIK treatment.
Schedule an Appointment
If you suffer from vision impairment and would like to learn more about LASIK surgery, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to meet with Dr. Daniel Goldberg. Dr. Goldberg can answer any questions you may have about LASIK and let you know if you are a good candidate for treatment. We look forward to hearing from you.