There are plenty of options out there for improving your vision. Sometimes the best treatment for you and your needs will be a surgical treatment. In other cases, the best option will involve corrective lenses. When you visit our Bakersfield laser eye surgery center, we will evaluate your eyesight and determine which treatment option to best for you and your needs. Let's take an opportunity right now to compare LASIK surgery and contact lenses so you understand why one option may be better than another.
About Refractive Errors
First of all, let's discuss a common vision problem that LASIK and contact lenses are used to treat: refractive errors. Refractive errors are issues with the contour of the cornea that affect the way that light passes through the eye. You probably know refractive errors better by these common names:
Myopia (Nearsightedness) - Myopia is a condition in which it is easier to see nearby objects than objects that are far away.
Hyperopia (Farsightedness) - Hyperopia is a condition in which it is easier to see distant objects than objects that are nearby.
Astigmatism - Astigmatism is a general blurring of the vision. This often accompanies myopia and hyperopia.
During your visit to our laser vision correction center in Bakersfield, we will be sure to examine the quality of your vision in order to tailor the best treatment to your needs.
Treating Refractive Errors with Contact Lenses
Contact lenses are artificial lenses that are able to improve overall clarity of a person's vision. There are many different kinds of contact lenses out there today, including contacts that can be worn for multiple days in a row. We can discuss the various kinds of contact lenses out there and which might be ideal for you during your visit.
Treating Refractive Errors with LASIK
Bakersfield LASIK surgery uses state-of-the-art laser technology to reshape the cornea, improving the passage of light through the eyes. By undergoing LASIK surgery, patients will not need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses in order to see clearly.
Why LASIK is Better for Some Patients
Many patients who have undergone LASIK appreciate that they do not need to wear corrective lenses any longer for optimal vision. The surgery can achieve 20/20 vision, and sometimes better than 20/20 vision. With advanced LASIK technology, a surgeon can now accurately measure the most minute imperfections on the cornea's surface and correct them. LASIK can offer potential savings for patients since they will not have to replace contacts or purchase cleaning solution.
Why Contact Lenses are Better for Some Patients
Sometimes patients are not good candidates for LASIK and would be better helped through the use of corrective lenses. In these cases, the patient may have issues with the thickness or health of their corneas or they may suffer from dry eye syndrome.
Helping You Make a Solid Decision About Your Eye Health
When you meet with a LASIK surgeon in Bakersfield, we will be sure to assess your overall situation and give you all of the information that you need to make an informed decision about your vision. We want you to make a choice that you feel comfortable with making.
Learn More About Advanced Vision Care
For more information about LASIK and other effective eye care treatments, be sure to contact our Bakersfield laser eye surgery center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible vision.