Weighing LASIK vs. Contact Lenses

July 15, 2020 — by Thomas Byrd, MD
Tags: Lasik

digital illustration of two contact lenses in front of plain black backgroundGlasses are a simple and convenient way to correct your vision. However, many patients prefer the option to go without glasses whenever they want. Some choose contact lenses, and some choose laser eye surgery. 

LASIK is one of the most popular vision correction procedures, and has been a successful option for millions of Americans. Dr. Thomas J. Byrd performs LASIK at Byrd Eye Clinic in Lincoln Park, MI, serving Dearborn Heights, MI, and communities throughout Detroit, MI. Our team can help you choose between LASIK vs. contact lenses. Here, we explore the pros and cons of each treatment option.

Contact Lens Benefits

The advantages of contact lenses are obvious. Individuals can enjoy clear, crisp vision without wearing glasses. In addition, contacts sit directly on the eye, meaning that your peripheral vision is unobstructed. For this reason, many individuals choose contacts when playing sports or any other activity where glasses might become damaged or get in the way.

Contact Lens Risks

In contrast, there are also several risks to wearing contact lenses. For example, contacts reduce the amount of oxygen that permeates the eye, increasing the chance for dry eyes. Furthermore, if you work in front of a computer all day, contacts can exacerbate symptoms of computer vision syndrome.

Contacts also harbor bacteria. Unless cleaned properly every day, contacts can lead to serious eye infections. Similarly, if you frequently fall asleep with your contacts in, it can cause uncomfortable, red, irritated eyes.

LASIK Benefits

LASIK offers many of the same benefits of contact lenses. Patients who undergo the procedure can enjoy enhanced vision without the need for glasses or contacts. LASIK is versatile, and can correct a range of vision problems, including myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. 

Furthermore, LASIK is quick. It can be performed in under one hour at our practice. Even better, most individuals notice a marked vision improvement in just hours.


As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks involved. For example, there is always the potential for infection. However, if you follow the guidelines recommended by Dr. Byrd, you can reduce these risks exponentially.

LASIK may not be the right choice for individuals with thin corneas. However, an alternative treatment, called PRK, can be performed in these cases.

Keep in mind that LASIK does not correct presbyopia, or age-related farsightedness. If you are over the age of 40, then you may still need to wear corrective eyewear even after LASIK.

Deciding Which Option Is Right for You

To determine which treatment is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Byrd. During a comprehensive assessment, he can determine the severity of your vision problems and discuss your treatment options with you in detail.

Contact Our Practice to Learn More

Are you tired of wearing eyeglasses? Perhaps you just want to explore your options for alternative treatments. Our team is always available to answer any questions you may have. To learn more about the options we offer, schedule a consultation at our office. Contact us online anytime or call us at (313) 383-1300.

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