LASIK vs. Glasses: Which Is Better for Me?

LASIK vs. Glasses - El Paso, TX

Jun 24, 2016 @ 03:49 PM — by Paul S. Gulbas, M.D
Tagged with: Lasik | Corrective Lenses |

Looking at the world through a pair of glassesHere at El Paso Eye Surgeons, we know that many patients take their time to consider their vision correction options. For some patients, undergoing LASIK surgery is a great option for vision enhancement, while other patients may prefer glasses or contacts.

We'd like to compare LASIK and glasses right now since each has unique benefits to consider. During a consultation at our practice, we can help you make the best eye care decision for your situation.


LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a refractive procedure that reshapes the corneas using a safe surgical laser. By doing this, the path of light through the eyes is improved, ensuring proper focus on the retinas (the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eyes).

LASIK is an ideal treatment option for refractive errors, which you may know better by the following names:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Astigmatism

New advances in digital mapping and scanning have made LASIK even safer and more accurate today than it has ever been before.

Ideal Candidates for LASIK

The best candidates for LASIK are people who are at least 18 years of age who have had a stable prescription and not suffered from an eye injury for a year leading into surgery. They should not currently be pregnant or nursing, and they should not have issues with thin corneas or dry eye syndrome. It's important that prospective LASIK patients have realistic expectations about the risks and benefits of the procedure as well as the results that can be achieved.

About Prescription Glasses

Prescription glasses are a trusty standby for vision correction, able to enhance vision for refractive errors as well as a variety of other issues related to vision impairment. Though no surgery is involved, the principles are the same: the lenses of a person's glasses improve the passage of light through the eyes to enhance vision.

Ideal Candidates for Prescription Glasses

Nearly anyone with vision issues is a good candidate for glasses since there is no surgery involved. There is a fair amount of versatility when it comes to the use of glasses to improve vision. In fact, for certain kinds of vision problems, special kinds of lenses may be used to address the problem.

When LASIK May Be More Ideal for a Patient

LASIK is often more ideal that glasses when patients would prefer to be free of prescription lenses. After undergoing LASIK, patients will no longer need to wear glasses or deal with contact lenses. A number of athletes and people who lead active lifestyles really appreciate the way LASIK has enhanced their lives and improve their game.

When Glasses May Be More Ideal for a Patient

Glasses may be a more ideal option for a patient when LASIK or another refractive procedure is not viable. Some people prefer glasses because of the cultural cachet they have, and how frames can be a stylish accessory to complement an outfit or add to one's personality.

Contact El Paso Eye Surgeons

For more information about laser eye surgery and other options for vision correction, be sure to contact our advanced eye care surgery center today. The team at El Paso Eye Surgeons looks forward to your visit and helping you see clearly again.