A recent study has measured patient satisfaction with LASIK compared to contact lenses for vision correction. The study found that LASIK results in fewer vision problems with night driving both with former contact lens wearers and former glasses wearers. However, complaints about dry eye were common among people who had LASIK as well as those who wore contact lenses or glasses.
The study, led by Francis Price Jr., M.D., gathered patient satisfaction over a three-year period. Patients in the study were between 18 and 60 years of age and included:
- 356 participants who wore contacts only
- 448 participants who wore contacts then had LASIK
- 154 participants who wore glasses and then had LASIK
Participants were asked if they would recommend LASIK or contacts to a friend or family member. The results were as follows:
- 53% of patients who wore contacts agreed that they would recommended contacts
- 87% of patients who wore contacts and then had LASIK agreed that they would recommend LASIK
- 77% of patients who wore glasses and then had LASIK agreed that they would recommend LASIK
Another question asked of the group was whether patients believed LASIK works better than wearing contact lenses; 96% answered that they either “agreed” or “strongly agreed.”
Still another question addressed night vision difficulties. The rate of night driving problems decreased after LASIK for those participants who had previously worn contacts or glasses. “Overall, LASIK improves night driving vision and that was very significant,” said Dr. Price.
If you have been “on the fence” about having LASIK vision correction in Longmont, this new study may help you decide to take the first step toward improved vision. At Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado, we have performed thousands of LASIK procedures.
Learn more about the risks of LASIK, the benefits of LASIK and whether your eyes are right for LASIK by scheduling a free LASIK Consultation at Eye Care Center of Northern Colorado. Call 888-702-1188 or visit eyecaresite.com to schedule your appointment. Or take our free online LASIK Self-Evaluation.