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Is LASIK Eye Surgery Safer than Contacts?

iStock_000003984122XSmallLong-term effects LASIK vs. contacts. Are contacts worse for your eyes
over time than getting LASIK?

In 2006, researchers at Oregon Health and Science University’s Casey
Eye Institute suggested that over time, it may be more dangerous to wear
contact lenses than to undergoLASIK eye surgery. More recent research has been conducted supporting this claim. Contact
lens wearers are more likely to experience vision loss due to infection
than LASIK surgery patients.

Why? In 2008, Synovate, Inc., a market research company, conducted a study
of 508 contact lens wearers. (Synovate was sold to
Ipsos last year.) Participants of the study, all of whom were over 18-years-old
and work contacts daily, were asked a number of questions regarding contact
lens care.

The results of the study are surprising:

  • 40 percent of participants said they do not wash their hands before handling
    contact lenses.
  • 20 percent don’t use fresh solution to clean contact lenses.
  • 40 percent have put their lenses in their mouth to clean them.
  • 70 percent wear their contact lenses while swimming.

Poor contact lens hygiene allows bacteria and microorganisms into the eyes.
Improper care of contact lenses puts individuals at high risk of serious
eye infections that could lead to vision loss. The Casey Eye Institute
suggests contact lens wearers are at least five times more likely to experience
vision loss due to eye infection from poor contact lens hygiene than LASIK
patients are of experiencing similar vision loss from surgical complications.

If you wear contact lenses, consider LASIK eye surgery to correct your
vision. Contact Key-Whitman toschedule a free consultation. If LASIK isn’t an option for you in the near future, follow these
tips for proper contact lens care:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before handling contact lenses.
  • Remove lenses before going in the swimming pool, hot tub shower.
  • Do not rinse or store lenses in water, even sterile water.
  • Do not use saliva to wet your contact lenses. This is an easy way to transfer
    bacteria that could cause infection to the eye.
  • Follow the directions on your prescription, and do not wear contact lenses
    longer than the specified time.
  • Follow care instructions on your contact lens solution bottle.
  • Even with “no-rub” solution, it is best to use the “rub
    and rinse” method to clean contact lenses.
  • Allow lens cases to dry between uses, and only use fresh solution on your
    contacts each time you store them.

Don’t let fear of complications from LASIK prevent you from improving
your vision by undergoing LASIK surgery and eliminating the hassle of
contact lenses. If you have questions about LASIK, join the doctors of
Key-Whitman for our live Facebook Chat on the first Thursday of every
month at 11:30 a.m.

When considering your eye care, be sure to stay up to date with the latest
news and information about our life-changing services at Key-Whitman Eye
Center. Follow us on
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