Glasses, contacts or surgery, which is for you?

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If you are squinting at menus or struggling to read the headlines it may be time for an eye test. The good news is that when it comes to correcting your vision there is more choice than ever these days. Laser surgery is increasingly popular and for many people the benefits of permanent sight correction far outweigh the risk.

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Even if you consider glasses to be something of an inconvenience is it worth undergoing expensive and invasive eye surgery? In any case, while it does offer a lasting solution in most instances, laser eye surgery doesn't work for everyone and can't treat all conditions.

Presbyopia, a condition that affects the lens of the eye, does not respond to laser surgery at all. It's also expensive with treatment starting at around £395.00. In cases where surgery does help it's possible you may still have to wear glasses afterwards. You should research as much as you can about the procedures and the specialist you approach before deciding to take the plunge.

Something else to consider is that laser surgery is permanent. If something goes wrong, although rare, you will have to live with it. You also risk infection and complications. In any case, wearing glasses does have its benefits. They are very affordable, require little maintenance and can compliment and even add to your appearance. Many celebrities are now happy to wear glasses, turning them into fashionable must haves. From the catwalk to the cover of magazines, glasses have become trendy, chic, accessories and sales of designer label frames have rocketed.

What about contacts? You can maintain your natural appearance and if you are keen on sport they are generally better with peripheral vision than glasses. You can also forget about the problem of fogging, splashing, glare and reflection. Contacts also have a better correction of certain eye conditions like keratoconus and astigmatism. The disadvantages of contacts is that they are expensive and are prone to damage and loss. You will need to get used to a maintenance program and possible irritation.