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Here are alternatives for all the glasses wearers

1st September 2020 Print

For many people, daily or monthly contact lenses are an indispensable medical aid, as are glasses, but if you want to get rid of this visual aid and still see better, you now have numerous options - regardless of whether you are nearsighted or farsighted.

Orthokeratology lenses

Short-sighted people with a deviation of up to -5 dioptres can use so-called orthokeratology lenses to shape their cornea overnight, thus improving their eyesight for a short time. It sounds complicated, but actually, it isn't. 

The cornea is primarily responsible for sharp vision in addition to the lens because it refracts the light at the right angle. In myopic eyes, the cornea is slightly curved outwards, which shifts the focus. The OK lenses flatten the cornea overnight, thereby correcting the angle at which the light falls, and you can see completely sharply for a day without any further aids.


Glasses are the most frequently used visual aids which can also protect the eyes from external influences. The great thing about conventional glasses is that they are easy to use in everyday life. More so, they can be worn without a long period of getting used to and cleaned quickly. Just as important is the fact that they are well tolerated even by people with very dry eyes.

Also, provided that the visual acuity does not change, glasses have a long lifespan with proper care and careful handling. They do not have to be replaced at regular intervals like contact lenses, for example.

LASIK eye surgery

Get rid of your glasses and see clearly again without any other aids: This is made possible by the laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) operation. During the operation, a lamella of the cornea is first detached and folded over. The surgeon then corrects the cornea underneath with a laser and then folds the upper layer back again. If you are afraid of the cut in the cornea, you can rest assured: many doctors already offer a new method in which this cut is dispensed with.

The LASIK operation's advantages are the permanent correction of the eyesight. More so, hardly any pain is felt during and after the operation, and the result is quickly noticeable. However, this alternative to contacts also has some disadvantages. This includes the corneal structure's destabilization, the usual risks of surgical interventions, and an increased risk of dry eyes. 

Artificial lens

For extremely nearsighted people who want to see better, but are not keen on LASIK surgery, intraocular (artificial) lenses can be considered. An artificial lens can be implanted after the natural lens has been removed as part of a cataract operation. Although this is more common with elderly folks, artificial lenses are also suitable for younger nearsighted people. They will simply be placed in front of the natural lens. 

All the above listed alternatives are suitable in the long-term for eyesight correction. With glasses, artificial lens, or LASIK surgery, you can very likely get rid of your contacts and see a lot better.