Custom Wavefront LASIK vs. Modern Contact Lenses

LASIK vs. Contact Lenses - Hudson Valley

Sep 8, 2015 @ 09:00 AM — by Richard Gordon
Tagged with: Lasik | Eye Care |

A pair of contact lenses against a white backdropWhen LASIK was first made widely available to the American public in the late 1990s, many providers publicized its biggest benefit as the ability to see clearly without glasses or contact lenses. There was also a fair amount of publicity concerning people achieving “better than 20/20 vision,” which was indeed true.

What many people did not understand, however, was that conventional LASIK, while highly effective, was limited in terms of the visual corrections it could produce, in the same way that glasses and contact lenses were limited. All three could correct common, universal visual errors - namely, myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness), with or without astigmatism - but none could correct higher-order aberrations. These tiny flaws in the shape of the cornea, which were unique to each individual eye, were beyond the measurement of conventional ophthalmological tools, let alone correction.

That has changed. Now, wavefront technology has made it possible to correct higher-order aberrations through LASIK surgery, resulting in a truly customized procedure that is safer and more precise than ever before. It is also more likely to produce superior vision than can be achieved through traditional contact lenses. Although not everyone is a candidate for custom wavefront LASIK, Dr. Richard Gordon is happy to discuss the issue of LASIK vs. contact lenses during consultations at his Hudson Valley laser vision center. For patients who are not good candidates for LASIK, wavefront technology can also be used to perform PRK with equally excellent results.

Are you a contact lens wearer who is wondering how your lenses stack up against LASIK? Read on, and then contact us to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Gordon today.

Wavefront LASIK and contact lenses - which one is better?

When comparing custom wavefront LASIK to conventional contact lenses, there can be no doubting that custom wavefront LASIK is capable of producing better visual results. This is because conventional contact lenses cannot correct higher-order aberrations. All things equal, and assuming that none of the risks associated with LASIK or contact lens wear come into play, custom wavefront LASIK is by far the superior option.

However, some lens manufacturers now offer types of contact lenses that integrate wavefront technology into their creation. These contact lenses do account for higher-order aberrations, resulting in crisper, sharper vision than their conventional counterparts. As with custom wavefront LASIK, wavefront contact lenses generally cut down on glare, haloes, and other visual anomalies that can occur with conventional contact lenses.

In a reversal of one of the complaints against LASIK 20 years ago, in this case, wavefront LASIK truly is the more time-tested technology, with a more proven record of safety and patient satisfaction. While the new contact lens technology does show promise, particularly for patients who cannot undergo laser eye surgery, it also entails routine expenses, making it far more expensive than LASIK in the long term. Like all contacts, wavefront contact lenses also require meticulous care and must be inserted, cleaned, removed, and replaced. LASIK, on the other hand, is permanent and hassle-free.

Learn More about LASIK vs. Contact Lenses

To learn more about LASIK vs. contact lenses, contact Palisades Laser Eye Center today.