Understanding the Benefits of LASIK Surgery Versus Contacts

Image Of Woman After LASIK Eye SurgeryLASIK surgery has emerged as a highly popular way to treat problems with eyesight. Patients can often ditch their eyeglasses altogether after having the procedure, and most feedback is overwhelmingly positive. Fans of both options claim there are benefits to contacts and LASIK. These are the major factors you'll want to consider if you're wondering what the best solution for your eyesight problem is.


The cost for the procedure varies according to location, the surgeon you choose, and other variables, but industry experts list the fee at around $3,500. Although that is a large amount of money, it is a one-time fee. Costs for contacts and all the necessary supplies can come out to an average of $3,000 to $6,000 per decade, meaning that in some cases, the procedure pays for itself in as little as five or six years.

Time Savings

For some people, the fact that they will avoid putting contacts in daily is reason enough to consider LASIK. The procedure often takes a matter of minutes and can save a person hours of time each and every year. Patients who have undergone the procedure also won't have to go for regular eyeglass fittings, reorder contacts, and deal with the other tasks that are required with contacts.


Though the surgical procedure is highly safe, it's important to remember that the results cannot be undone. In rare cases the patient's eyesight issue cannot be resolved and that person will need to continue with their usual contact routine.


This procedure can be done in under an hour. There is very little recovery time needed, and patients are usually back to their normal routine within several hours or 24 hours at the most. There are financing options available to make it financially possible for nearly anyone.

Read more about Lasik surgery and check out our Lasik Surgery guide.

Further Reading

  • Many diabetics struggle with keeping their blood sugar levels under control to maintain a steady level of energy and prevent many diseases.  Now, researchers confirm that blood sugar also plays an important role in maintaining healthy eyes, and diabetics can reduce their risk of vision loss by making changes in their diet and lifestyle.

  • LASIK and laser eye surgery procedures continue to be a popular option for treating nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, but not everyone meets the requirements for this procedure. Conductive keratoplasty (CK) is one of the newest forms of refractive surgery and unlike other forms of eye surgery, uses radio waves and heat energy to reduce the size of the connective tissues around the cornea. This procedure is designed for patients suffering from hyperopia and presbyopia. The latest clinical results show that CK can produce more stable results than previously, and is now widely accepted by laser eye surgeons around the United States.

  • Twilight actress Judi Shekoni recently underwent the LASIK vision correction procedure at a Beverly Hills LASIK center and is now enjoying the successful outcome. The procedure was performed by LASIK eye surgery specialist Dr. Khanna, and involved a two-step process. Ms. Shekoni, who plays vampire Zafrina on the Twilight show, reports that she was a “nervous passenger” while undergoing the procedure but it was completely painless.