Glasses can look very cool, but if you’d rather let people see all of your pretty face, you may be considering a laser surgery like LASIK. However, if you’re nearsighted, you may find a safer and more satisfying option in implantable lenses.
Phakic intraocular lenses, plastic lenses inserted into the eye’s natural lens, received FDA approval in 2004. New research by British doctors has shown for the first time that this method of correcting moderate to high levels of nearsightedness may have advantages over laser surgery.
A year after intraocular lenses were implanted, study participants had achieved 20/20 vision at the same rate as laser patients; however, the lens patients were reported to have clearer sight and better contrast sensitivity.
“Laser surgery becomes less predictable and less safe for very shortsighted people,” lead researcher Dr. Allon Barsam told Reuters. “There is now evidence to show that intraocular lenses are safer than laser surgery.”
Would you consider implantable lenses? Does laser surgery still appeal to you more? Why or why not?
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