5 reasons why laser eye surgery is better than wearing contact lenses

More than 13 million Australians have long-term eye conditions. For many years, one of the solutions for dealing with vision problems was contact lenses. But these days, there’s now a better solution provided through laser eye surgery.

If you’re still on the fence about whether you should get the LASIK procedure, take a look at these reasons below:

1. You may get eye infections from contacts

If you have an infection like pink eye, it’s probably because you had your hands on an infected surface, touched your contacts, then touched your eyes. Potential infections are one of the main reasons to get laser eye surgery instead of wearing contact lenses.

Not only that, but many contact wearers also suffer from corneal abrasions. Corneal abrasions are scratches that can happen as a result of damaged contacts. These abrasions can irritate your eye if you leave your contacts in too long.

2. Contacts rob your time

When you wear contacts, you have to spend lots of time dealing with them. Before you go to bed, you have to take them out. When you wake up in the morning, you may struggle with putting them back in before leaving for the day.

Plus, you have to ensure that your hands are thoroughly washed and free of germs before touching your contacts. However, when you get laser eye surgery, you no longer have to worry about any of that.

3. You’re constantly changing them

Contacts need to be changed quite often. Even if you get extended-wear contacts, you’ll still need to switch them out now and again. Not to mention, you’ll continually have to pay for the expenses of replacing your contacts.

4. Contacts drain your wallet

It is important to remember a huge difference between laser eye surgery and wearing contact lenses. You’ll spend nearly $46,000 for the contacts over 30 years. In addition to that, if you still need glasses, it could cost you an extra $12,000.

However, the laser eye surgery cost (at the date of this post) is 146* per eye. That makes LASIK a relatively cost-effective alternative over the long term.

5. You need to have yearly exams if you’re a contact lens wearer

Another advantage of getting laser eye surgery is bypassing the annual eye exams. As a person who wears contacts, you’ll have to visit the ophthalmologist every year to get a new contact prescription and another exam.

But when you get LASIK, you’ll only go through the initial consultation, the eye surgery, and a few follow-ups visits. That’s it! LASIK is a huge time saver.

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If you’re ready to break away from your contact lenses and finally get LASIK eye surgery, we can help. Here at VSON Laser Vision Specialists, we provide LASIK surgery and services like reading glasses treatment, lens replacement, and laser cataract surgery.

To get started, call us at 07 3067 8928 or book an appointment online.



The best way to find out if eye treatment is right for you is to have an in-person assessment. You’ll get a clear answer from our experts on your suitability and vision correction options


Dr. Matthew Russell


Laser eye and cataract surgery specialist

With over 15 years of experience, I enjoy the privilege of helping patients of all ages reclaim clear vision or preserve it for as long as possible.

Vision correction and high-precision cataract surgery hinge on the expertise and skill set of the provider who also has access to the most precise tools for the job. Ophthalmic surgeons like me know how to make treatment safe, comfortable and positive for the patient. They know how to minimise the risk of complications and maximise successful outcomes.

I understand that medical and surgical eye care is a serious undertaking. I take the time to address whatever questions and concerns you might have. I believe everyone’s eyes are unique and require a customised solution tailored to your needs and goals.

My combination of education, training and experience positions me to provide optimal results for patients of all ages. I have a passion for helping my patients enjoy the clear, high-definition vision they need to live rich and active lives. Now, I have hand-picked a team of professionals that share my passion and commitment to exceptional care.

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