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Contacts or Laser Eye Surgery: Which One is Right for You?

If you wear contacts or glasses, then it’s probably safe to assume you’ve thought about getting laser eye surgery at least once by now. Especially if your glasses or lenses are not a recent addition! But how do you know which option is right for you? There are a few factors to consider so that you have all the information you need to make the right choice.

  1. Lifestyle
    If you lead an active lifestyle or spend a lot of time outdoors, laser eye surgery might be the best option. You won’t have to worry about your glasses breaking, or having to stop and fix your contact lenses with sandy fingers. And, if you play sports, laser eye surgery means you never have to think about fixing your lenses or that dry eye feeling when you’ve left them in too long. Laser also provides more freedom: no more forgotten solution and you can see underwater!

    The verdict: laser eye surgery is a lot more convenient in the long run.

  2. Age
    Choosing between contact lenses or laser eye surgery also depends on your age. Those under 18 will need to wait until they reach their birthday to undergo laser eye surgery, whereas you can use glasses or contacts at any age. But, that also means the longer you wait to have a laser eye surgery consultation, the more you’ll spend on replacing glasses or buying new contact lenses. One of the things we hear most often from treated patients is that they wish they had laser eye surgery earlier. Whoever said hindsight was 20/20 must’ve had laser eye surgery.

    The verdict: if you’re 18 or over, check with your local optician to see if you might be suitable for laser eye surgery.

  3. Cost
    Laser eye surgery is more cost effective over the long term. Especially when you compare it to regularly paying for new contact lenses, solution, and glasses. And if you happen to lose or forget a box of contact lenses, you have to buy them all over again! On average, people spend over £300 on contact lenses and glasses every year. Multiply that over a lifetime and… well, you see the point. It adds up. In just a few years of buying new lenses, you’ll have covered the cost of laser eye surgery. Did we mention that there are financing options (like 10 interest-free months) to help you spread out the cost of laser eye surgery?

    The verdict: contact lenses are less expensive in the short term, but laser eye surgery is more cost effective over a few years (especially if you take advantage of financing options).


The decision to choose laser eye surgery, contacts, or even glasses is one to consider carefully. It’s worth taking the time to think about your life, how you’d like to live it, and what option will help you do it best. You use your eyes every single day, and they are worth whatever investment you decide to make.

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