It has been estimated that around half the population has problems regarding their vision. With the advancement of technology, there are now numerous solutions in correcting and addressing such problems. Glasses, contact lenses, or surgery allow almost everyone to see as sharply as possible.
Depending on who you ask, what they have undergone and heard about, or even what part of life they are in, you may receive a variety of facts and opinions on which of the three are the best in answering your vision dilemmas. The following paragraphs will delve into the good and bad to each of the solutions mentioned. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you can try deciding which solution is suitable for you and your needs. But of course, if you are still unsure, you can always approach professional help in finding what’s best for you.
Glasses – A classic Solution
Glasses or eyeglasses are objects created to assist in vision, consisting of glass or hard plastic lenses mounted in a frame that supports it. Almost everyone knows that glasses are a common and effective solution in addressing poor eyesight. Nowadays, you can get glasses that are personally customized and fit for any occasion and need.
Benefits of Glasses
- Convenient to wear, especially with modern frames being extremely comfortable.
- With the new material of high-refraction plastic lenses used nowadays, it significantly reduces the weight of the glasses.
- Modern advanced lenses give the wearer the ability to precisely see at any and all distances.
- The use of anti-reflective lenses would avoid the typical irritating light reflections, while the self-tinting or photochromic lenses darken if exposed to ultraviolet light.
- In the past, plastic lenses used to be quite delicate; however, materials such as innovative coatings have now even made plastic lenses durable.
- Using glasses can also protect your eyes from external contaminants such as dust, dirt, and insects.
It is interesting to note that there are also ideal or recommended glasses fit for any occasion including ‘work glasses’ for those of us who spend most of our time on computers or PCs. Work glasses are mainly for those who would prefer having comfortable and sharp vision mainly within near and mid-range distances. The same can be carried out for active individuals in sports and leisure activities. With the advancement of technology and special designs, it is now possible to achieve lenses that are personally customized to your specific prescriptions in fitting your frames.
Drawbacks of glasses
Of course, it is important to consider that glasses would have their drawbacks. Here is a list of drawbacks to consider before actually investing in a pair.
- Glasses that have lenses with strong diopter values (a way of measuring a lens’ optical power) can be inconveniently thick and heavy.
- Glasses can fog up when transitioning from a cold area to a warm area. It can also occur as you drink your favorite cup of steaming tea. We won’t delve into the physics of this phenomenon, but it happens.
- Glasses can be unwieldy. To elaborate, glasses can be awkward or difficult when you lie on your side or while you read or watch TV.
- The geometry of some glasses may end up having some areas of the lenses to appear blurry. Depending on the quality, this could be more or less pronounced.
Contact Lenses – Whether Disposable Type Or Custom-Produced
The first alternative to glasses is practically invisible plastic contact lenses. These modern and custom-produced contact lenses are flexible for precise correction for almost any type of problem concerning vision.
This solution can address both problems of short and far-sightedness. Again, with the advancement of technology, contact lenses are now applicable for those with presbyopia; such advanced lenses are termed multifocal contact lenses, functioning like progressive lenses on the eye.
Contact lenses are an excellent choice for anyone who would need help in correcting their vision whilst avoiding having to wear eyeglasses full time or even avoiding to undergo LASIK surgery.
Benefits Of Contact Lenses:
- Using contact lenses would only come out with slight image magnification or reduction.
- Looking sideways would result in sharp vision. Using contact lenses would avoid the individual from being interrupted by an edge which typically occurs with glasses.
- Contact lenses don’t fog up which is a great deal to many professions such as chefs, actors, and athletes.
- If a difference in vision impairments is observed in the right and left eye, it can be easily addressed and corrected.
Drawbacks Of Contact Lenses:
- It is necessary to have a certain degree of manual dexterity in placing contact lenses. To elaborate, you would need to be extra skillful with your hands in properly putting in your contact lenses. Some may find this challenging in the first few days.
- Wearing contact lenses for too long can be dangerous as it can disrupt the oxygen supply to the eye. It is recommended that at the time of purchase, ask your optician whether the contact lenses have the ability of good oxygen permeability. Those who typically have dry eyes are advised to take hard lenses.
- Generally, levels of tolerance with contact lenses can vary from one person to another with some adapting to lenses quite quickly while others may need relatively more time.
- Contact lenses would need more maintenance compared to spectacles. This is crucial to note because a lack of maintenance or poor care can lead to infections.
- Those who get prescribed with multifocal contact lenses may encounter issues switching between the distant and near range, needing more time to adapt to it.
LASIK -Single Procedure, Huge Impact
Many patients are given the option to undergo laser surgery in correcting vision. LASIK utilizes an excimer laser (ultraviolet laser) in eradicating a thin layer of corneal tissue, resulting in a thinner cornea. Doing this results in the cornea being shaped in such a way that light rays are clearly focused on the retina. There is a wide range of procedures such as Femto-LASIK, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), ultralasik, and even supra lasik. Our eye specialists can decide which method is best for each patient as everyone has unique needs. Laser surgery may be a great solution for those who cannot adapt to glasses or those who cannot tolerate contact lenses. With an experienced doctor, the surgery would have a very small likelihood of failing.
Benefits Of LASIK:
- Most patients feel the LASIK procedure to be painless
- Improvement in vision is observed immediately after surgery. Around 85% return to 20/20 vision.
- Glasses are usually no longer necessary after the surgery.
- Presbyopia can now be corrected using modern laser correction operations.
- Although LASIK does require a financial investment, patients may find themselves saving a lot each year because of no longer having to pay for renewing their eyeglasses and contact lens prescription.
- With LASIK taking a few weeks to adjust your vision, note that the results are permanent.
Drawbacks Of LASIK:
- Laser surgery is an invasive procedure that some may feel uncomfortable about.
- Potential side effects and complications may arise such as dry eyes. Such symptoms can last up to 12 weeks.
- Even with a successful operation, your vision may not be completely corrected; consequently, this would require you still needing to wear glasses.
- Those with autoimmune disorders should avoid laser surgery, along with most diabetics, since such conditions can lead to cornea damage.
Whether you prefer glasses, contacts, or LASIK, our eye specialists in Dubai are here to assist you on any queries and doubts you may have about each solution, including our services such as ultralasik and supra lasik. Ensure that you make the best decision for your vision by consulting our doctors in advising which option is the best for you.