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Try LASIK or Keep the Contacts?

Last updated 2 years ago

Caused by faulty light refraction, blurry vision can be the symptom of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. While these ocular conditions are commonly treated with the use of glasses or contact lenses, LASIK offers some patients a permanent solution to distorted vision. If you desire to see more clearly, talk to your ophthalmologist about the possibility of LASIK laser vision correction and the advantages it could offer you over traditional corrective devices.

Using Corrective Lenses

Corrective devices, like glasses or contacts, feature curved lenses that redirect light and are worn to help the eyes properly focus light on the retina. For patients with astigmatism or who suffer from nearsightedness or farsightedness, corrective lenses can correct blurry vision without the need for surgery. Corrective lenses, though, do have their limitations and associated risks. Patients who wear glasses or contacts may not have the same visual freedom as others and have to care continually for their devices. Even when used properly, contact lenses can put a patient at risk for infection. Some studies and doctors suggest that, long-term, wearing contacts may not necessarily be safer for patients than undergoing laser vision correction surgery.

Undergoing LASIK Surgery

LASIK surgery is a corrective procedure that utilizes a precise laser to reshape the cornea. Like a corrective lens, the reshaped cornea alters the way that light is refracted, correcting the errors that cause blurry vision. Laser vision correction provides near-immediate results and can eliminate a patient’s dependence on vision devices. With the use advanced laser technology, Dr. Gerstein can customize a patient’s procedure, perform it precisely and safely, and reduce the risk of complication or infection. For permanent visual freedom, talk to your doctor about your LASIK candidacy and if the procedure is right for you.

For more information about LASIK surgery, please visit the Gerstein Eye Institute. One of the leading eye centers in Chicago and Illinois, the Gerstein Eye Institute has decades of experience treating patients with the most advanced technology and greatest care. To schedule a consultation please call us at (773) 973-3223.


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