Friday, April 22, 2011

LASIK vs. Contact Lenses: Patient Satisfaction Study

LASIK Surgery and Contact Lens patient satisfaction is being measured in a survey comparison through a multicenter multiyear initiative sponsored by the Cornea Research Foundation of America. There is a growing body of statistical evidence that suggests that the rate of nearsightedness or myopia in the United States has doubled in the past 20 years. As a result American children today are significantly more likely to require vision correction to see clearly. There is some speculation that the huge increase at the amount of time children spend viewing computers, hand held video games and other mobile electronic devices has put them at risk of developing myopia due to the increase in near vision focusing demand required by these devices.

However, the use of eyeglasses for myopia is not always the vision correction method of choice, as eyeglasses pose appearance and cosmetic issues, activity restrictions, optical limitations and peripheral vision restrictions for many people. As a result many nearsighted people choose contact lenses or LASIK eye surgery to correct their myopia. The Cornea Research Foundation of America has initiated a study to survey 10,000 patients who have elected to use contact lenses or LASIK for vision correction and to evaluate the relative patient satisfaction and complication rates of each type of myopic vision correction. Each participant will be evaluated by survey every 12 months for 3 years in order to determine their on-going satisfaction with their vision correction method and to collect contact lens problems or LASIK problems encountered in their real world experience. It is hoped that the LASIK vs. Contact Lens Patient Satisfaction Study will provide relevant and useful information about the relative safety profiles of these vision correction methods.

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