What are the Benefits of LASIK surgery?
Even if you were born with perfect vision, chances are that you will rely on prescriptive eyewear at some point during your lifetime. Like many facets of our body, our eyesight tends to deteriorate as we get older. Some of these changes are unavoidable effects of ageing, while others are due to the environment around us. For example, people who spend a great deal of time with their eyes focused on something close to them, such as a computer screen, are more likely to develop a refractive condition known as myopia, or near-sightedness. This means that they will rely on prescription eyewear to help them see things further away more clearly.
While glasses and contact lenses have been used successfully for a very long time, they aren’t for everyone. Both have limitations and require the wearer to make compromises in their day to day life. For example, something as simple as forgetting to take your glasses with you when you go out can severely disrupt your day to day life. Both also have significant costs attached to them. Fortunately, there is an alternative option that is continuing to take the world by storm – LASIK laser eye surgery.
Today, more than a million Americans have opted for LASIK laser eye surgery to correct their refractive vision problems and now enjoy reduced or completely eliminated reliance on prescriptive eyewear.
Here is what you need to know about the benefits of LASIK surgery.
Obviously, the main reason that patients choose LASIK is so that they can experience improved vision, and boy does this procedure deliver. Some of the latest research has illustrated that 99% of patients can expect to achieve better than 20/40 vision, with more than 90% experiencing 20/20 vision or better. The vast majority have found that they have little or no need for prescription glasses or contact lenses.
Improved quality of life
We have touched on how frustrating it can be for patients who are reliant on glasses or contact lenses. Unless you experience the difficulties for yourself, it can be tricky to see the impact that wearing such visual aids can have on your daily routine. Some of the most commonly cited problems with prescription eyewear include:
- Inability to wear glasses to participate in certain sports such as skiing, swimming and contact sports.
- Inability to see properly when wearing protective eyewear that doesn’t fit properly over glasses.
- Forgetting to take glasses with leaving the house.
- Difficulty putting in and removing contact lenses.
- Difficulty using contact lenses when suffering from a cold or season allergies due to watery, itchy eyes.
- Maintenance costs for glasses which are fragile and may break easily.
- Costs associated with changing prescriptions.
- Dislike of appearance when wearing glasses, but unable to get on with wearing contacts.
However, when you opt for LASIK laser eye surgery, all of these problems are virtually eliminated, and you will be able to enjoy enhanced vision with little or no need for prescription glasses. Many people state that one of the best things is that they can enjoy seeing clearly when swimming for the first time in years!
LASIK can save you money in the long term
The costs associated with changing prescriptions, eyeglasses maintenance and more can quickly add up. Not everyone can afford the unpredictability of sudden expense due to needing to fix their glasses or change the lenses for a different strength. Although there is no guarantee that you won’t need prescription eyewear at all after LASIK, nearly all patients find that their regular expenditure on them is significantly reduced. Ultimately, LASIK can save you money in the long term.
LASIK is quick, painless and you can recover very quickly
For many people, the prospect of surgery being performed on their eyes is enough to make them feel more than a little squeamish. However, since LASIK uses cutting edge laser technology, the entire procedure takes just a few minutes per eye. In fact, it takes just as fraction of the time you will spend in your optician’s chair. The rest of the time will be spent talking to you about what is to happen and to make sure you are calm and comfortable, both before and after your procedure.
Anesthetic eye drops are used to make sure that you are in no pain, and the surgery itself is performed using highly accurate lasers, making it incredibly safe and successful. After, there is no need for any bandages or dressings. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for a short while as you can expect your vision to be blurry for some time after. Your LASIK surgeon will assess your vision a few days after your procedure and give you permission to drive. You can expect your eyesight to continue to improve in the days and weeks after your LASIK surgery.
Fed up of relying on prescription eyewear and ready to schedule your consultation for LASIK surgery? Please contact our experienced and knowledgeable team who will be happy to answer any questions you have and book your appointment.