LASIK vs. Contact Lenses

It’s a common question that anyone with glasses or contact lenses considers; should I get LASIK? The question often comes down to how safe and costly LASIK surgery is. When compared to wearing contact lenses, there are some surprising cost and safety benefits to choosing LASIK over contact lenses.
Recently Dr. Kent Leavitt of Bellevue, WA explored this question in his blog.

Possible Complications of Contact Lenses

With prolonged usage, especially in adverse environmental conditions, contact lenses can lead to:
  • Cornea redness or inflammation
  • Corneal infections
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Corneal swelling
  • Dry eye
LASIK eye surgery may eliminate or reduce the need for corrective lenses. As with any type of surgical procedure, there are potential risks of LASIK surgery, including:
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Visual symptoms, such as halos, glare, starbursts or double vision
  • Vision loss

Cost of LASIK

The average one-time cost of LASIK ranges from $1,600 per eye for non-customized LASIK to $2,500 per eye for customized wavefront-guided procedures. When these costs are compared to the ongoing expenses of contacts and glasses, LASIK often makes sense financially. Over any 10 year period the average vision impaired person will spend around $12,000 on:
  • New eyeglass prescriptions
  • New frames and lenses
  • Replacement lenses or an endless stream of replacement contacts
  • Cleaning and sterilizing solutions
Learn more about the procedure including recovery time, costs and frequently asked questions in our extensive LASIK Eye Surgery Resource Guide.