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Laser Surgery Safer Than Contact Lenses?

Contact lenses were assumed to be safer to use than laser surgery to correct vision impairment over the past years. However this view //is being contested by a physician William Mathers, M.D from Health & Science University Casey Eye Institute, Oregon who has been comparing data from many recent studies who feels the results substantiate that this belief could be false.

Dr Mathers, Professor of Ophthalmology in the OHSU School of Medicine after reviewing many massive studies discovered that there is greater danger of losing ones vision from the use of contact lenses than from undergoing laser vision correction surgery often referred to as 'Refractive Surgery' .The Archives of Ophthalmology has published Dr.Mathers findings in a letter in it's October 9th .

Several times a year, I have patients who lose eyes from complications because they've been wearing contacts and they've gotten an infection. By this I mean their eyes have to be physically removed from their bodies," said Mathers, an eye surgeon with a strong background in contact lens issues and former president of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists. "It's not that contacts aren't good. They're better than they've ever been. But one cannot assume contacts are safer."

The risks associated with laser surgery versus contact lenses can not be compared directly, partly because complications from contact lenses accumulate over years of use, and surgical complications occur soon after the surgery.

Data extrapolated from a study in Lancet shows the lifetime risk of bacterial keratitis to be 1 in 100 for contact lenses worn daily. Bacterial keratitis is an infection that causes an inflammation of the cornea and can lead to vision loss. Wearing contact lenses overnight or improper care or cleaning further increases the risk of infection from contacts. The risk of bacterial keratitis has changed little over the years for contact lens wearers and is the s
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