LASIK vs. Glasses: Picking What's Best for Your Eyes

LASIK vs. Glasses - Hudson Valley

Aug 7, 2015 @ 10:35 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Lasik | Refractive Surgery | Corrective Lenses |

A woman wearing glasses in front of an eye chartThe team here at Palisades Laser Eye Center believes that patients in and around the Hudson Valley should get all the info they need to make smart choices about their eyes. This is particularly important when it comes to LASIK, a laser eye surgery ideal for improving vision.

We'd like to take a moment to compare LASIK surgery to prescription glasses, helping you understand the pros and cons of the two treatment options.

How LASIK Works

LASIK surgery is a laser eye surgery procedure that is ideal for treating refractive errors. During the treatment, a small flap is created in the topmost layer of the cornea, which is called the epithelium. When the flp is pulled back, a laser is used to carefully reshape and sculpt the cornea. By doing this, the passage of light through the eyes is improved, properly focusing the light on the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue located at the back of the eyes.

Ideal Candidates for LASIK Surgery

The best candidates for LASIK are people who have normally shaped corneas and suffer from a refractive error, which you may know better by the following terms:

  • Myopia (Nearsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (Farsightedness)
  • Astigmatism

Good candidates should be at least 18 years old, have had a stable prescription for at least a year, have not suffered from an eye injury or infection in the last year, not be pregnant or nursing, and not suffer from dry eye syndrome. If a patient is not an ideal candidate for LASIK, other laser vision correction procedures may be considered, such as PRK or Epi-LASIK.

The Benefits of LASIK Surgery

LASIK surgery yields excellent results, with many patients achieving excellent vision, sometimes better than 20/20. LASIK allows patients to see clearly without wearing corrective lenses, and technological advances in eye care have made the surgery safer and more effective than ever before.

Eyeglasses: A Traditional Vision Correction Treatment

Glasses are a simple, effective, and proven way to address a number of different eye conditions, from refractive errors noted above to presbyopia, an age-related form of farsightedness that's common as people reach middle age.

Ideal Candidates for Glasses

The best candidates for glasses are people who experience issues with the quality and clarity of their vision. Since glasses are a non-surgical and non-invasive way to address a whole host of vision problems, nearly anyone can have glasses prescribed to address their needs.

The Benefits of Glasses

As noted above, glasses are non-surgical and non-invasive, meaning that there are no side effects from prescribing glasses, and similarly there are no complications or the need to take time off work. With the wide variety of frames out there, glasses also offer people the chance to make a fashion statement with their eyewear.

Which option is the best for me?

During a consultation at our practice, we can go over your candidacy for LASIK. This will include a discussion of the cost of surgery and the various risks and benefits involved. By getting this information, you will be able to make an informed and empowered decision about your vision and how you would like it to be improved.

In short, LASIK is preferable for many people, though it's not always an ideal option for their needs.

Learn More About LASIK Surgery

For more information about LASIK and your many other options for advanced eye care, we encourage you to contact our laser vision correction center today. The entire team at Palisades Laser Eye Center looks forward to your visit and discussing these matters with you in greater detail.