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Should you have eye surgery or keep wearing glasses (or contacts)?

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It’s not an easy decision to make, and the thought process is normally triggered by one of two things. Firstly, you’ve just had your eyes tested again, found out you needed new glasses again, and it has cost you somewhere around an entire week’s wages, again, and you’re thinking I might just be better to pay once and have them ‘fixed’. 

The other is usually seeing somebody you know who used to wear glasses now wandering around without them. After a few polite inquiries as to whether they’ve switched to contact lenses, you’ll get the tale of their eye surgery and you’ll find out it wasn’t nearly as bad as it sounds. But, it is quite a lot of money in one go, so the debate goes on in your head.

The truth is, it’s different for everybody. There are so many factors involved there just isn’t a simple yes or no answer that will suit every single individual. So, here’s a list of things to consider before you choose for yourself:

1. Age

This has nothing to do with there being an upper age limit on eye surgery because there isn’t really one. The reason why age is a factor here is based on how much longer you’re going to be wearing glasses. If you are 20 you will be getting through many more pairs of glasses or contacts than if you ae 50. So, that needs to be factored in.

2. Your eye problem

If your eye problem is one that changes your quality of vision regularly (you need new lenses every 18-month visit) then there is a quality of life element to factor in besides cost on this one. Continuously deteriorating eyesight is bound to have mental health implications, as well as affecting confidence and the ability to work.

3. Fear

Many people continue to wear glasses because they have fears about the procedures involved. However, many of the myths associated with eye surgery are based more on gossip than reality. For example, patients who had misgivings before cataract surgery wished they had done it earlier when asked afterward, having felt no discomfort during the procedure. 

4. Cost

While eye surgery seems to have ticked all of the boxes so far, there is one more major factor to consider, and that’s cost. Although sitting down and working out you’ll be paying out on glasses or contacts over the coming years will give you a headache, it is spread out over many visits to the opticians.

Eye surgery is more money in one go, and that often means that surgery is avoided until there is very little choice in the matter. After all, it is hard to save if you’re paying out for new glasses all of the time.

Whether you bite the bullet and find the finance for the surgery or keep up the daily use of glasses or contacts (or both), hopefully this article has given you a few pointers to finding the best way forward for you.

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