If you’ve ever thought about getting LASIK, you might have noticed during your research that, as with many forms of elective surgery, there is a wealth of information available online. You may also have noticed that some of that information is clearly and objectively presented, and some is extremely subjective. There are articles that tell you LASIK is a sure way for anyone to attain 20/20 vision. Others portray LASIK surgery in a way that Edgar Allan Poe could not have made scarier if he tried.
This is the first in a series of articles intended to provide straightforward facts and information about LASIK, in order to help you decide whether LASIK, or other vision correction, is right for you. To begin with, it’s worth knowing whether LASIK might improve your quality of life. Here, then, are five indications that LASIK surgery may be something you want to consider.
#1: Are You a Loser With Lenses?
While contact lenses are the choice of many people who need vision correction, they can be easy to lose. If you’re fed up with constantly hunting for a dropped lens and paying out for replacements, LASIK surgery might be a great way to eliminate the frustrating fiddling and fussing with lenses for good.
#2: Are You Sick of Spectacles?
You would think that a pair of eyeglasses would be a bit easier to keep hold of than a tiny contact lens. However, all too often, people leave their eyeglasses on public transport, in cafes, stores, and other public places. Glasses are also prone to getting dropped, sat on, stepped on, chewed by pets, grabbed by sticky-handed babies…you get the idea. If you’ve ever gone to don your glasses, only to find they’ve disappeared or been destroyed, you know how frustrating it is – not to mention expensive.
#3: Love The Great Outdoors?
Do you ever imagine how much more you’d enjoy your pastimes if you were free of eyeglasses or contacts? If you’ve had contacts dry out, then pop out on the ski slopes, or if you’ve experienced your glasses fogging up on an early morning hunt, you know what we’re talking about. If you lead an active lifestyle, and especially if you pursue outdoor or aquatic activities, the freedom that comes from LASIK may make a big difference in your enjoyment of those hobbies.
#4: Are Your Eyes Showing their Age?
If you are over 40 years old, even if you’ve never worn glasses or lenses, you may be starting to notice that your near vision isn’t what it used to be. Presbyopia, the gradual loss of ability to focus on near objects, is part of the natural aging process of the eye – not that that’s much consolation to the millions of people each year who find they now need reading glasses, or have to go from single vision glasses to bifocals. If you aren’t thrilled by the prospect of having to carry reading glasses around in order to read menus, magazines, and even the screen of your phone, or don’t relish the idea of peering over bifocals while you drive, LASIK may be a good option to consider.
#5: Or is it a Career Thing?
A number of different careers, especially in the industrial arena, are just not eyeglass-friendly. For example, if you must regularly wear a mask or some form of eye protection at work, your job can be made doubly difficult when you need to wear eyeglasses too. Many manufacturing jobs feature dusty or chemical-laden environments that can make the wearing of contact lenses unsafe. If you work in a career like this, you may wish to consider how LASIK might make your job, as well as other aspects of your day-to-day life, easier and more enjoyable.
Is it possible to see better after LASIK surgery than when wearing glasses or contact lenses? Yes, an overwhelming number of our post LASIK patients actually tell us that they see better since their surgery than they ever did with glasses or contacts! Over 70% of our patients see 20/15 or better, and that same percentage tells us that their night vision is better than it was before surgery.
In spite of the amazing post-operative vision that patients achieve, most happy LASIK patients say that the best thing about the surgery is the improvement in quality of life that comes from being able to ditch their glasses and contacts. If you answered “yes” to one or more of the questions above, you might wish to consider the change LASIK could make in your quality of life, and the things you would be free to enjoy.