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September 13, 2017 06:12 PM

Vision Correction Options

Sioux Falls, SD

When you get diagnosed with a vision problem, you'll want to take steps to find the best solution to correct your vision. 

Whether it's glasses, contact lenses, or surgery... It all depends on what works best for you. 

Brian Rand wore contact lenses for years due to his severe vision problems. Through proper care, Rand avoided developing any eye infections from the contacts, but did run into an occasional dry eye after forgetting to take them out before bed. 

"I was nearly blind with, I think I was at negative 6, or negative 7, somewhere in there," Rand said. 

"If someone is considering their options for being able to do a lot without glasses, they usually will think about contact lenses and they'll think about lasik," Dr. Vance Thompson with Vance Thompson Vision said.

Thompson says while science and technology have advanced greatly, there are still risks associated with both Lasik surgery and contact lenses... but by maintaining proper care, both can be an effective treatment. 

"There's been great studies on the safety of contacts that are used properly," Thompson said.

So what is proper contact lens use? 

"Patient is using good hand washing techniques, they're using the contacts like the doctor suggested, they're getting exams by their eye doctor and they're reporting any red eye or irritation," Thompson said.

The day-to-day up-keep for contacts became a hassle to Rand, which is when he decided to have Lasik surgery. 

"I think it was the next day or the day after that, I think I was actually seeing 20-10. Which is pretty amazing to go from nearly blind to 20-10 in a matter of 48 hours," Rand said.

And just like that, Rand was able to see without the aid of glasses or contacts. 

Thompson says treating your vision problem comes down to a few main things. Proper care, and whether you're the right candidate. 

"It's worth going through a discussion after an exam, you know, what is the risks and benefits of each," Thompson said. 

Because while one option might be right for someone else, it may not be right for you. 

To find out what option is the best one for you, talk with your doctor about your specific concerns and vision goals to map out your plan for vision correction. 

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