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Contact lenses vs. Laser Eye Surgery


LASIK or contacts? What’s right for you?

More than half of the world’s population needs vision correction for nearsightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia), or an astigmatism. The main treatment options to choose from are prescription glasses, contact lenses, or laser eye surgery, such as LASIK. If eyeglasses don’t fit your lifestyle and you’d prefer a solution that’s more convenient, appears more natural, and gives sharp peripheral vision, you’ll need to make a decision between contact lenses and laser eye surgery.

Our optometrists and optical staff at Eyecare Specialties can help you to weigh the pros and cons of these different types of vision correction. To find the most appropriate solution for your needs, book an eye exam in one of our eye care offices in Lee's Summit, Clinton, Sedalia, and Warrensburg, Missouri.

Here’s a review of the main criteria to consider when comparing contact lenses and LASIK laser eye surgery:

Eye Health Risks

In general, both contact lenses and laser eye surgery are safe. A key issue with regard to the safety of contact lenses is the dangerous tendency that people have to sleep in them. Wearing your contact lenses overnight raises your risk of corneal damage to a 1 in 40 chance over a 10-year span. In fact, in 2015, a CDC report lists that more than 1 million visits to an eye doctor were made because of corneal infections caused by contact lenses.

As far as the general health risks involved in having LASIK, there is always an element of risk associated with every surgical procedure. Complications from laser eye surgery usually appear soon after the procedure, but corneal infections from LASIK are rare.

Development of Dry Eye

Nowadays, LASIK laser eye surgery uses sophisticated eye tracking technology that results in a safer, more precise procedure. Additionally, the use of a laser instead of a blade to create the corneal flap has decreased the incidence of dry eye syndrome and other complications, and it promotes faster healing. Dry eye though is a common complication of long-term wearers of contact lenses, as the contacts may damage the ocular Meibomian glands that help to maintain a healthy, oily tear composition.


The expense of LASIK is higher in the short-term, but when you tally up the cost of daily wear contacts and all the disinfectant/storage solutions you need over a decade, the price of LASIK becomes a real deal.


With LASIK, you don’t need to bother with inserting and removing anything from your eye, or with any type of daily maintenance routine. Also, you’ll never waste time searching for lost contacts or having to deal with forgetting your eyewear when you stay away overnight. However, with contact lenses you can benefit from the convenience and fun of changing your eye color by wearing cosmetic colored contacts.

Vision Correction

Nowadays, contacts can be worn to correct even the most complicated visual problems. A range of specialty lenses for hard-to-fit patients is available. LASIK results are predominantly positive, but it depends on your refractive error and other factors. The most predictable, successful LASIK outcomes are typically experienced by people with mild nearsightedness and no astigmatism.

Don’t Decide On Your Own – Let Our Eye Doctors Help!

To make a final decision about whether contact lenses or LASIK laser eye surgery is right for you, book an eye exam and consultation at Eyecare Specialties. Our staff in Lee's Summit, Clinton, Sedalia, and Warrensburg, Missouri, will be happy to evaluate your personal condition and discuss your lifestyle to figure out the best solution!

At Eyecare Specialties, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 816-317-0012 or book an appointment online to see one of our Lee's Summit eye doctors.

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