LASIK vs. Glasses: Which Is Right for You?

By Andrew Holzman on August 11, 2015

Glasses in front of a reading chartA 2008 report from the Archives of Ophthalmologyindicated that approximately half of Americans over 20 years old suffer from “clinically important refractive error.” In other words, about 50 percent of people deal with significant nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism on a daily basis. If one of these conditions impairs your vision, you most likely use visual aids to see properly. At the ophthalmological practice of Andrew E. Holzman, MD, FACS, our team offers LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) to surgically correct refractive errors, making your life simpler and easier. LASIK is one of the most popular ophthalmological procedures because it is an efficient, effective method of enhancing eyesight. However, some patients are hesitant to make the transition from visual aids to LASIK. In the following blog post, we compare the benefits and disadvantages of LASIK vs. glasses at our Washington, DC practice to help you decide if this procedure may be right for you.     

Cost Considerations

Many patients never even consider or put off having LASIK because they think this procedure is too expensive. However, since this surgery requires a one-time fee to correct your eyesight, LASIK is often the more affordable option in the long-term. Glasses may seem like an inexpensive alternative, but consider these cost factors:

  • Routine ophthalmological and optometric visits. You’ll need to go see your eye doctor at least every two years to have your prescription checked.
  • Replacement glasses. If you damage your glasses, your vision changes, or you simply want to upgrade your eye fashion, you’ll need to purchase a new pair. Many people have multiple sets of glasses for different occasions, as well.
  • Sunglasses. Protecting your eyes from ultraviolet light is important, but this will require you to purchase (and most likely replace) yet another set of glasses.
  • Your age. Obviously, the younger you are, the more potential savings you can experience from LASIK, since you’ll avoid buying years worth of sunglasses.

If the cost of LASIK has prevented you from pursuing LASIK, Dr. Holzman and our team encourage you to come in to our practice for an initial consultation. During this appointment, we will assess your eyes, go over your medical records, and explain what your expected price might be so you can more accurately compare it with the cost of glasses. 

Undergoing Surgery

As an ophthalmological surgery, the idea of undergoing LASIK seems daunting to some patients. However, this procedure typically takes just a few minutes to perform and most patients require no sedation or anesthesia other than numbing eye drops to remain comfortable. In addition, Dr. Holzman and our team conduct extensive pre-operative testing to help ensure that your procedure is as quick, simple, and successful as possible. 


Your vision is a vital component of your daily life. If you can’t see well, you can’t read, work, or drive properly. Glasses are easy to forget on your way out the door, must be cleaned on a regular basis, and can be uncomfortable to wear. LASIK refines your vision so that you can reduce or minimize your dependence on visual aids and focus on other things.

Cosmetic Factors

While there are many stylish and attractive frames on the market, many people feel self-conscious about wearing glasses. LASIK can allow you to show off your beautiful eyes and enjoy a more natural look. In this way, it can improve your confidence and boost your self-esteem in both your personal and professional life.

Contact Our Ophthalmological Practice

Have you been considering ditching your glasses for LASIK? Dr. Holzman and our team can help you determine if this procedure could benefit you. If you’d like to learn more or schedule a consultation, do not hesitate to contact us today.  

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