Modern LASIK vs. ancient glasses: Which would you choose?

Posted on 2015/04/22 at 2:30 pm by LASIK MD

When a new technology emerges, it usually causes several others to become obsolete. Horses were the main mode of transportation and heavy-duty farm labor for thousands of years, but as soon as the steam engine was invented, “horsepower” became a term that no longer described the animal. Even modern technologies like smartphones run on insanely short cycles – every two years, it seems like the next greatest gadget is released.

Not all old technologies fall by the wayside when a newer, more effective option presents itself, though. Despite the fact that laser vision correction and LASIK have been around for 25 years, millions of people still choose to wear eyeglasses – devices that were invented more than 500 years before Canada was founded. Doesn’t that make you wonder why you still wear glasses?

Grasping at straws
While ancient civilizations made great contributions to humanity in the form of politics, literature and art, there were precious few developments in the field of refractive lenses for the first several thousand years of humanity’s existence. In fact, it wasn’t until the Roman Empire that a few high-minded scribes began to experiment with light passing through a globe of water.

In fact, glasses are such an ancient technology that the National Health Service’s College of Optometrists isn’t entirely sure who invented them in the first place. There’s evidence that several people came upon the idea of using polished glass to bend light as it entered the eye – archeological artifacts from Viking-era Sweden, manuscripts from 14th-century Italy and anthropological evidence from medieval China all make equally convincing claims.

LASIK was invented in the late-20th century and is backed by 25 years of proven results, whereas glasses have been around for thousands of years – they’re definitely proven, but that doesn’t mean they’re the most effective.

Scrapping old tech
While the original inventor of eyeglasses may never be known, it’s generally accepted that the movement toward modern eyewear began with the English friar Roger Bacon in the mid-13th century. Both a religious monk and a scientific researcher, Bacon spent many of his days bent over books – this eventually caused many scribes to require better vision. In 1266, Bacon wrote and published “Opus Majus,” one of the world’s first writings on optics. From there, glasses have only changed in form, not function.

If you’re still hesitating between laser vision correction and eyeglasses, you should ask yourself if there’s anything else from the Middle Ages that you’d prefer over today’s version. The hourglass, sundial and spinning wheel were all invented during that period – do any of those sound like they fit with LASIK?

With more than two decades of research and proven results, laser vision correction is a cutting-edge procedure for the modern age. Go with the most advanced technology for the best results possible – even though you’ll have 20/20 vision, you won’t be looking back at eyeglasses.

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