It is easy to take our eyesight for granted. After all, many of us don’t fully realize just how much we rely on having clear vision until we start struggling to see clearly. If you have an eye exam and it reveals that you need corrective treatment to restore the clarity of your vision at all distances, you will need to have a think about which option suits you best. Unfortunately, both eyeglasses and contact lenses aren’t necessarily right for everyone, and many patients will need to make compromises and changes to their daily life when wearing either.
Fortunately, there is an alternative choice – LASIK laser eye surgery. LASIK is the single most popular elective surgery performed in the United States and more than a million Americans have had the procedure already. Many more are expected to undergo LASIK laser vision correction to restore their vision in 2020. Why do so many people turn to LASIK? Why because of the huge range of advantages it offers. Here’s what you need to know about the key benefits of LASIK eye surgery.
Unsurprisingly, the main advantage of undergoing LASIK is that it will give you significantly better vision. The latest research shows that 99% of patients achieve greater than 20/40 vision, and more than 90% achieve 20/20 vision or better. Although there is no guarantee you won’t need to wear corrective eyewear following LASIK, most patients find that they have little or no need for it.
Both glasses and contact lenses can be inconvenient at times. There are certain activities, such as swimming, snowboarding, surfing and more, where it is impossible to wear glasses. Or perhaps you are fed up with taking your glasses everywhere you go in case you need to read something. Meanwhile, allergies and problems handling contact lenses can make them difficult to wear, plus they tend to be more expensive than glasses. LASIK eliminates many of the inconveniences experienced by people who wear glasses or contact lenses.
Glasses are fairly fragile, and this means that they are easily damaged, whether by dropping them or sitting on them or simply through normal wear and tear. It is also to accidentally leave them someplace. Contact lenses are also fiddly to use, and extended wear varieties require you to use solutions to keep them clean. Each of these solutions can involve ongoing costs to maintain your vision. However, with LASIK, you simply pay for your treatment, and since you will have little or no reliance on eyewear afterward, LASIK represents a very cost-effective solution to your vision problems.
The thought of having surgery on your eyes can cause many people anxiety. Nevertheless, cutting edge laser technology ensures that LASIK is extremely accurate and precise, and it is deemed incredibly safe. The entire process takes just a few minutes for each eye, and the remaining time you spend in the surgical suite is for preparation and recovery.
LASIK is also completely painless. This is because ahead of your LASIK surgery, you will be given anesthetic eye drops that will completely numb your eyes, ensuring that you don’t experience any discomfort. Some patients may also be given a mild sedative to help them relax if necessary.
One of the most popular benefits of LASIK is exactly how fast you can get back to normal following your procedure. Whether you have work or caring commitments, you’ll be pleased to know that you can go home the same day as your LASIK eye surgery. However, you will need someone else to drive you since you aren’t allowed to get behind the wheel until you’ve received the all-clear from your surgeon.
You may notice an improvement in your eyesight within a few hours, and your vision will continue to improve in the days and first few weeks after your procedure.
If you would like to discover more about the benefits of LASIK laser eye surgery or to schedule a consultation with our team to discuss your candidacy, please contact our office.