Is Lasik Safer Than Contact Eye Lenses

The eye is one of the most sensitive parts of the human body, and therefore you have to give everything within your power to ensure you keep your eyes safe and healthy. When considering Lasik or eye lenses, you should also be concerned about the safety of the procedure used. 

Are you nervous about Lasik or sticking with contact lenses? Take a deep breath as you are reading the right post. At the end of this post, be sure to understand the risks attached to contact lenses and determine whether it might be a safer option for you in the long term. 

  • Are Contacts Safer Than They Used To?

Corneal is an infrequent microbial infection but very catastrophic that can cause permanent scarring. It’s associated with laser eye surgery and contact lens wear. Despite discomfort and inconveniences associated with contact lenses, contact lenses were safer than eye lens surgery used in correcting short-sightedness and other visual problems. But with recent studies, David Robinson Ophthalmologist, has concluded otherwise. 

Lasik vs Contact Lenses Part- 1

With much time and investment spent in research, it shows that however much comfort has improved, there’s no change in the rate of contact lenses eye infections. Research proved this statement since medical devices have become a commodity. It’s supported by a theory where lenses are currently marketed more casual than ever. How many individuals are willing to purchase medical tools over the internet to save specific amounts? 

Other possible reasons why eye contact lens infection has not changed includes general hygiene protocols such as not washing hands handling lenses, placing lenses in saline for a second use or sleeping with lenses. 

Lasik vs Contact Lenses Part- 2
  • How Does Corneal Infection Occur?

As stated earlier, the eye is the most sensitive of our body. Contrary to the mouth, which has millions of bacteria, the eye has almost none. Even though it’s prone to get some bacteria, tears are more antibacterial fluid, and the lids can swap away from the bacteria immediately. On the other side, the cornea is tightly held such that germs can get through.

So, corneal infection occurs where there’s a compromised cornea surface. It most likely occurs during contact eye lens wear or laser eye surgery. It gives bacteria room to gain access into deeper layers of the cornea, therefore, infection taking charge. 

Lasik vs Contact Lenses Part- 3
  • Do All Contact Lenses Carry The Same  Risk?

RGP lenses tend to carry less risk of eye-related infections, and their annual risk is twice that of RGP lenses for daily wear lenses. And finally, for extended lens wear, the incidence of infection is 12 cases for every 10,000.

But for Lasik, the incidence of microbial keratitis has been calculated to be about 4 cases for every 10,000. It’s twice the risk to individuals wearing soft contact lenses annually. 

Typically, Lasik is usually done once in a lifespan, and so their risk, once-off. contact lenses, on the other side, carry the infection for years 


As per research, corneal infection risk is relatively higher than using Lasik by the end of the third year of using contact lenses. Generally, Lasik provides you with lifetime advantages, comfort, convenience and freedom, especially for water sports and travel. should you need further clarification about this, do not hesitate to get in touch with David Robinson Ophthalmologist. You can save your eye.

Shirley Martin

Shirley Martin

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