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Glasses Vs Contact Lenses Vs Laser Eye Surgery - Which is best?

Published on 17th October 2018

When it comes to vision correction, glasses, contact lenses and laser eye surgery are the most popular options but there's a lot to think about when deciding which would work best for you - including choice, cost and results.

In this blog, we’ve taken a look at the benefits of each option to help you make the right choice


Glasses are the most common way to correct vision problems. These days there's a whole lot of choice when it comes to glasses in terms of wearability, frames and lenses.

The advantages of glasses include:

  • A range of styles available: When it comes to glasses, there are a range of styles available both in terms of colour, brand and design. Glasses allow you to express yourself through your frames.

  • Easily changeable: Glasses are available everywhere and as our eyes and prescription changes, our glasses can too.

  • Affordable: Glasses are cheaper than contact lenses and laser eye surgery. They are also easier to take care of than contact lenses, with a range of cleaning accessories available.

Contact Lenses

If you don’t like wearing glasses, you've probably thought about contact lenses (or even laser eye surgery). Contact lenses are used to correct a range of vision problems including short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. 

Contact lenses have a few benefits over glasses, including the following:

  • An alternative to glasses: If you don’t like wearing glasses or find them uncomfortable, contact lenses can provide an alternative.

  • Better field of view than glasses: Contact lenses curve to fit the eye meaning the frames don’t get in the way or block your field of view.

  • Less restrictive: Contact lenses don’t fog up and are less restrictive than glasses which can work well for those who work within the sports and hospitality industries.

However, contact lenses aren’t a long-term solution so you’ll have to keep re-purchasing them - which is where the costs can really add up. 

Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery can correct short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism. It can reduce or stop your need for glasses and contacts by reshaping the cornea and improving the eyes ability to focus. 

There are a number of advantages of laser eye surgery including:

  • Long term solution: Unlike glasses and contacts. Laser eye surgery offers a long-term solution. Changes made to your eye during the surgery are permanent. Whilst your vision may still change, laser eye surgery offers a longer lasting solution.

  • Freedom: If you choose laser eye surgery, you’ll no longer need to carry your glasses or contacts with you. You’ll also be able to see clearly when you play sports or go swimming and you won’t have to worry about your eyes getting fogged up.

  • Cost effective: If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you’ll have to keep paying for eye tests, lenses and frames. Over time the costs of this can really add up both financially and in terms of the time spent doing this. Laser eye surgery is a permanent treatment with a fixed cost.


Here at Visualase Laser Eye Surgery Clinic, Bolton. Our prices are clear, fixed and all-inclusive. 

We offer a range of easy payment plans which allow you to spread the cost of your surgery over 12 or 18 months at 0% interest-free credit. Find out more about them here.

If you’re interested in laser eye surgery and finding out if its right for you, contact us or give us a call on 01204 387467 to book your consultation.


Representative Example - 0% interest-free credit
Cash price £2,990, deposit of £299, total amount of credit £2,691, interest rate 0% fixed, pay £149.50 per month for 18 months, 0% APR representative, total amount payable, £2,990.
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Cash price £2,990, deposit of £299, total amount of credit £2,691, interest rate 9.9% APR fixed, pay £67.58 per month for 48 months, total amount payable, £3,542.84
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All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome, through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits, including ones specific to your circumstances, at the time of your pre-operative consultation.