LASIK vs. Glasses: Which Is Right for Me?

November 1, 2018 — by William Goldstein
Tags: Lasik

A pair of glassesLASIK surgery is a highly effective procedure that enables those with certain vision problems to see clearer without the use of glasses.

Many people choose to undergo LASIK surgery because they want clearer vision without the need for eyeglasses. Dr. William Goldstein explains the benefits of LASIK versus glasses during consultations at our Detroit, MI practice. If you are ready to give up your glasses and would like to find out if LASIK is right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation.

The Benefits of LASIK

LASIK surgery corrects vision by reshaping the cornea with a special laser, enabling the cornea to focus light better. This simple procedure makes it possible to enjoy clearer vision without the need for glasses or contacts, making it a very popular treatment.

Many people decide to trade in their glasses for LASIK treatment for such benefits as:

  • The LASIK procedure is quick: LASIK surgery is a quick procedure. It only takes about 20 to 50 seconds for the cornea to be reshaped with the laser and most surgeries are performed in less than 10 minutes.
  • Eliminate the need for glasses or contacts: By directly reshaping the cornea, LASIK makes it possible for those with certain vision problems to see clearly without the use of glasses or contacts.
  • Long lasting vision improvement: The results of LASIK are long lasting, with some people experiencing clear vision for a lifetime.

The Disadvantages of LASIK Surgery

LASIK surgery does have some disadvantages to be aware of when deciding if this procedure is right for you. Some of these disadvantages include:

  • Some people may need a touch-up: Because the eyes do change with age, even after LASIK surgery, some people will need additional LASIK treatment down the line.
  • There are some minor side effects: Although rare, some patients may experience some side effects after LASIK surgery, such as dry eyes, glare, and halos around bright lights.
  • LASIK is more expensive than glasses: LASIK surgery is a more expensive option for improving eyesight than glasses or contacts. Although more expensive, many people who have had LASIK surgery find their improved vision to be well worth the cost. 
  • Not all people are good candidates for LASIK: LASIK surgery is not right for everyone. Some people may not be good candidates due to other health problems or other factors.

The Benefits of Glasses

Glasses are one of the easiest ways to improve vision, making them a common treatment for vision problems.

  • Glasses work the minute you wear them: With the right prescription, glasses improve vision the moment they're worn.
  • Glasses can be a fashion statement: Glasses come in a variety of colors and styles, making them a fashion statement for many people who wear them.
  • Glasses can be used on anyone: Just about anyone who requires vision correction can wear glasses. Health conditions that would preclude someone from surgery are not an issue for glasses.

The Disadvantages of Glasses

There are several disadvantages of glasses that often play a role in patients’ decision to undergo LASIK surgery. Some disadvantages include:

  • Unable to see clearly without glasses: Glasses only improve vision while they're being worn. If someone who wears glasses forgets them or breaks them, they will not be able to see clearly.
  • Exercising with glasses is difficult: Exercising while wearing glasses can be difficult as glasses may slide or fall off.
  • Glasses can become dirty: Water spots, foggy lenses, and dirt smudges can become a major nuisance, especially without a cleaning cloth on hand.

Why Choose LASIK over Glasses?

Many people choose LASIK surgery because they want to see clearly whenever they open their eyes.

LASIK makes it possible to enjoy daily activities without worrying about glasses slipping out of place or getting dirty.

Schedule a Consultation

LASIK is a great option for those with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. To find out if this procedure is right for you, please call (586) 323-2020 to schedule your consultation.