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Why Should Contact Wearers Ditch Contact Lenses and Opt for Laser Eye Surgery?

More and more people are opting to throw away their glasses and go for a more convenient option of wearing contact lenses, but is this wise?

Contact lenses rest on your eyes covering your whole cornea. This means that there is a decrease in the amount of oxygen that reaches your eyes from your surrounding environments. For healthy eyes, there needs to be a good oxygen supply level. On top of lack of oxygen, contact wearers have a higher rate for risk of infection. According to Mercola each year, contact-lens wearers visit their doctor and even the emergency department close to 1 million times. This is due to eye infections caused by improper care and use of contact lenses.

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If you find that you have problems when you are wearing contact lenses, you may want to consider alternative options, one of these being laser eye surgery. When contacts are bad for your eyes, which you can usually tell by how they feel when you wear them, you should always ask yourself is it worth the pain? Think about how much money you are spending yearly on glasses, contacts, lens solution plus more. Spread this across your lifetime, it adds up.

We like to tell people to think of laser eye surgery as an investment. You pay a one-off fee, which granted can be very expensive for some people but when you total up what you could be spending yearly for as long as you need a visual aid, you may find that you are actually better off considering the procedure. Fumbling around in the morning for your glasses or running around your home because you cannot find them can be frustrating. Laser eye surgery is safe, pain-free and eliminates this frustration by reshaping your cornea, allowing your eyes to focus meaning…no glasses! (or contacts for contact wearers).

But how do you know if it’s right for you?

Here at My iClinic we offer a FREE SUITABILITY SCAN which will tell you how likely you are to be suitable for laser eye surgery. This is the perfect opportunity for you to start your journey to unaided clear vision. If you are tired of wearing glasses and contacts or the price of being able to see with them is becoming too much, laser eye surgery could be the right choice for you. Now available is our 0% finance offer on both SMILE and Presbyond corrective eye surgery.

About the experts

Mr John Bolger | Consultant Ophthalmologist / Clinic Director


John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. He specialises in ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.

Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.

Bolger has observed and played a part in the evolution of modern ophthalmology. He was one of the first surgeons to introduce microincision cataract surgery to the UK; he witnessed the advent of the femtosecond laser that is used in SMILE procedures and is seeing huge progress in the treatment of glaucoma and wet macular degeneration.

Remaining at the forefront of these advancements ensures that he is always providing his patients with the very best and latest treatments, whatever their condition.

In his free time, John Bolger enjoys flying helicopters, playing classical guitar, baking bread and pastries, and making fresh pasta.