Are you fed up with wearing glasses? Do you find contact lenses inconvenient to use in your day-to-day life? Are you over 21, in good health, have healthy eyes and have a stable prescription? If you answered yes to all of the above then it might be time to consider laser eye surgery.
Laser procedures are now safer, faster and more accurate than ever before, which means more and more people are beginning to ask themselves whether eye surgery is right for them. LASIK is the most widely performed laser eye surgery. For those not sure of exactly what that is, to put simply, is a surgery that reshapes your cornea to correct short-sight, long-sight, astigmatism and presbyopia (the need for reading glasses).
Chances are that if you wear glasses or contact lenses, then you may have considered laser eye surgery. Here are 5 reasons why it might be time for you to consider laser eye surgery:
1) You experience discomfort
Many people complain of discomfort while wearing glasses or contact lenses. Glasses can cause painful headaches due to pressure or the wrong prescription and contact lenses can often cause allergic reactions, red eyes, burning and itchiness. With laser eye surgery, you will never have these problems again.
2) You don’t want to keep buying new prescriptions
Imagine not having to purchase new glasses and contacts every time your prescription changes. Laser eye surgery pays for itself over time. No more buying cleaning solution, cases, cloths, moistening drops or prescription sunglasses. If you were to add up vision care costs over the next 10 years, it’s almost guaranteed you will surpass, or at least be pretty close to the cost of having laser eye surgery. Not only will you save money, you will also save time not having to worry about maintaining your contact lenses and putting them in.
3) You are athletic
If your lifestyle is considered to be outdoorsy and athletic, then laser eye surgery is a fantastic option. It is very difficult to play sports safely while wearing glasses or contact lenses, and sports like swimming are near impossible unless you purchase prescription goggles. With laser eye surgery, you can swim as much as you like without any worry of losing a contact or spending money on prescription goggles.
4) You want a new look
Wearing glasses can sometimes make you feel uncomfortable as they can slide down your nose and make your skin feel greasy. Not only that, some people suffer with low self-esteem from wearing glasses. With laser eye surgery, that problem is eradicated. Also, for the fashion conscious among you, laser eye surgery holds a great benefit as you will no longer have to figure out what clothes go best with your glasses! Many people struggle with this and end up spending a lot of money to have more than one pair of glasses.
5) You want better vision
Many laser eye surgery patients experience better sight after laser eye surgery than they did with prescription glasses or contacts. There is an almost immediate and noticeable improvement in the clarity of your vision after surgery and within a few hours, you will be astonished with how well you can see.
Suitability is the single most important step in the whole laser eye treatment and vision correction process. There are a number of common reasons and eye conditions that can mean you are not suitable for laser eye surgery. If this is the case, alternative lens-based procedures, such as refractive lens exchange (RLE) or an implantable collamer lens (ICL) may still be an option for you. Successful laser eye surgery is all about selecting and screening for the right candidates so make sure you have a consultation before you make any decisions regarding laser eye surgery.