How to get rid of glasses

Getting rid of glasses: options and alternatives

For some, glasses are an indispensable accessory, for others they are an annoying foreign body on the face. If you want to get rid of your visual aids and still see better, you now have numerous options - regardless of whether you are nearsighted or farsighted.

Getting rid of glasses: soft or hard contact lenses

Contact lenses are the first and most common alternative for people who absolutely want to do without glasses. Lenses come in several varieties. To find the right one, you should first seek detailed advice. As a rule, a conversation with the optician is actually sufficient, but you should actually have the initial consultation carried out by the ophthalmologist if possible, as only he can say with certainty whether the eye can tolerate the lenses.

Because depending on the type of ametropia and the nature of your eye, there are a few things to consider. Above all, which type of lens is best for you. Someone who wears the lens every day and permanently has different demands on the material than someone who wears them for sports or going out. Your ophthalmologist or optician can also recommend the right contact lenses for people with farsightedness, presbyopia or astigmatism. It is up to you whether you order the lenses directly from an ophthalmologist, an optician or a contact lens studio. The specialist magazine "Vital" advises against buying from Internet providers without prior advice. (Caring for Contact Lenses Properly: How To Do It)

OK lenses: clear vision overnight

Short-sighted people with a deviation of up to -5 diopters have the opportunity to shape their cornea overnight with so-called orthokeratology lenses, or OK lenses for short, and thus improve their eyesight for a short time. Sounds complicated, but actually it isn't. In addition to the lens, the cornea is primarily responsible for sharp vision 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, correcting the angle at which the light falls and you can see completely sharp for a day without any further aids.

However, side effects can also occur if the effect of the lens wears off. This can lead to distorted images and irradiation when looking at light sources, and a kind of halo is created. In addition, this method has its price. You have to reckon with around 600 euros a year if you opt for night lenses. (Night lenses: eye correction while sleeping)

LASIK operation: seeing without aids

Get rid of your glasses and see clearly again without any other aids: This is made possible by the laser in situ keratomileusis operation (LASIK for short). It helps with mild farsightedness (maximum +4 diopters) and nearsightedness up to a maximum of -10 diopters. 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 incision in the cornea, you can rest assured: Many doctors already offer a new method in which this incision is dispensed with.

Advantages of the LASIK operation are the permanent correction of the eyesight, hardly any pain during and after the operation, and the result is quickly noticeable. However, this alternative to glasses also has some disadvantages, such as destabilization of the corneal structure, the usual risks of surgical interventions and an increased risk of dry eyes. With a price range of 2,000 to 5,000 euros for both eyes, the operation is anything but cheap. (TÜV-tested: Good Lasik eye clinics in Germany)

Lasik surgery: a real alternative to glasses and lenses?

Artificial lens

For extremely myopic people who want to see better but are not suitable for LASIK surgery due to the strength of their myopia, the so-called intraocular lens can be considered. An artificial lens that is usually implanted in the elderly after the natural lens has been removed as part of a cataract operation. According to the "Apotheken-Umschau", the artificial lens is also suitable for younger nearsighted people, for whom the artificial lens is placed in front of the natural lens. For the treatment, the patient must have a visual impairment of at least +3 dioptres. However, people with particularly strong deviations are lucky that deviations of up to +10 to +15 diopters can be corrected with this technique. So with an artificial lens, you can very likely get rid of your glasses and see a lot better. The cost of the treatment is similar to that of the LASIK operation. (Can reading in the dark harm the eyes?)

See better through relaxation exercises

In addition, relaxation and training exercises or massages for the eyes can strengthen eyesight up to a certain point and support stressed and tired eyes - for example after a long day at the computer screen - with regeneration. In this way, you can often see a little better right away, even with simple means. However, such exercises are by no means a substitute for a visit to the ophthalmologist if the symptoms persist or the eyesight deteriorates. (Eye exercises for relaxation)

Important NOTE: The information is in no way a substitute for professional advice or treatment by trained and recognized doctors. The contents of t-online cannot and must not be used to independently make diagnoses or start treatments.

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