So you’ve just had your annual eye check and have been told that there’s a problem with your vision. Whether you’ve been told, you’re long sighted or short sighted it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you decide how you want to deal with the problem. When it comes to vision problems, you have three options; glasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery. The best option for you will depend on a range of factors, from your lifestyle to your budget.
To help you make an informed decision about what the right choice is for you, we’ve put together this guide. Have a read, think about your personal circumstances, and make a decision.
Take your budget into account
One of the most important factors to consider is your budget. Out of the three options you have, glasses tend to be the cheapest option as one pair can last you for years. However, if you want a good-quality pair, you’re looking at an initial investment of hundreds.
While a little more expensive, contact lenses don’t have to be unaffordable. It all depends on the lenses that you opt for, and where you buy from. For example, some people wear purevision contact lenses, and to save money order them online. When it comes to cost, the lowest cost contact lenses tend to be two weekly, monthly or yearly lenses. However, for new wearers, dailies are often seen as being best.
Laser eye surgery might be the most expensive treatment but what it’s important to remember is that it lasts for ten years. So if you spread the cost out over that period, it actually works out quite affordable. However, if you don’t have the money spare to pay then this isn’t an option that you should consider.
Think about your lifestyle
If you’re someone who loves playing sports or exercising, glasses probably aren’t the best option. When you swim or get hot, glasses can steam up. A lot of sports won’t allow glasses to be worn as the likelihood that they may get broken and cause eye damage is high. The best option for sports players is contact lenses or laser treatment. It’s just a case of considering what you can afford and which option you prefer.
However, if you’re not into sports, then glasses can be a great option. They come with little to no risk; they’re long-lasting, and, unlike contact lenses, they can treat eye conditions. Whereas contact lenses allow you to see but don’t help to treat the problem.
Ask your optician
Although ultimately, it’s your decision, when it comes to what’s best for your eyes, asking your optician is a good idea. If you’re unsure about which route to go down – glasses, contact lenses or laser eye treatment, asking your optician is a good idea. They’ll be able to give you all the pros and cons of each and help you to make an informed decision. If you’re struck as to what option to go for, asking your optician is best.
The good news is that you have plenty of choice when it comes to what option to go with. Take your lifestyle and budget into account, and work out what the best option is and go from there.