Contact lenses "safer than surgery"

Contact lenses "safer than surgery"

Contact lenses are likely to cause fewer problems than undergoing an operation to fix your vision, according to one expert in the field.

Retired optometrist Dominic Devlin told the Daily Mail that many people have experienced problems when undergoing surgery to correct their vision and noted that contact lenses can be a far more preferable and effective solution to vision problems.

He is currently campaigning for an independent body providing advice if surgery goes wrong and noted that contact lenses are much more "sophisticated" and cause fewer eye problems than when they were initially introduced.

Mr Devlin told the newspaper: "If you have a problem with contact lenses or glasses, you can pop back to the opticians where it can be easily rectified. But adverse side-effects from laser surgery might be irreversible and permanent."

The news comes despite Dr Joel Hunter, founder of the Hunter Vision refractive eye surgery centre in Florida, recently noting that people who undergo laser surgery will soon find that they recoup the costs as they save money on buying vision correction products such as glasses.

by Adrian Galbreth

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