Reasons to Have LASIK

Two Reasons to have LASIK: Quality of Vision and Quality of Lifestyle

Glasses and contacts may help with vision problems, but they don’t solve the problems at the source. Some individuals find  glasses can be a hassle.  Let’s take a look at some of the arguments for LASIK versus glasses or contacts.

LASIK vs. Glasses

Glasses, though helpful, can become scratched, misplaced, lost, broken, and fog up regardless of the designer name on the frame.  The technology hasn’t changed all that much over time and they continue to be a great source of irritation and inconvenience for many  people.

Will LASIK free you of glasses forever?  LASIK can correct the problems of astigmatism, farsightedness and nearsightedness.  But, by the time you reach the age of 40 – 50 years old, you will need reading glasses due to the effects of presbyopia.  

LASIK vs. Contacts

Just like glasses, contacts are prone to becoming lost, misplaced or forgotten, but they also carry the risks of scratches, slipping, tearing, sore eyes, red eyes, itchy eyes, and complications from allergies and hay fever. They can also be a costly over time considering replacement costs and cost of solutions. LASIK may just give you freedom from all of these “symptoms” and “conditions” of contacts.

Here are some things you may experience when you take glasses and contacts out of your life:

  • New love for your alarm clock – Really! Just the simple act of waking up and actually seeing the alarm clock in the morning can make your entire day so much brighter.
  • Less worrying about contacts usage risks – The FDA has posted an increasing number of advisories concerning risks associated with long-term contact lens usage, and some researchers have reported the risk factor with contacts being as much as 5X greater than with LASIK. Contacts aren’t necessarily dangerous, but it’s something to think about. (Source: Mathers, W.D. Archives of Ophthalmology; vol 124: pp 1510-1511)
  • Freedom to hit the water – Glasses and contacts are often impossible to wear during sporting activities, especially in the water. LASIK may give you the freedom to swim, splash, snorkel, canoe, dive and ski in the water.
  • Lens-free face – Some people do like their appearance with glasses, but many would rather show off their beautiful eyes without the cover of any type of lens.
  • Increased safety – Most people panic when they lose a contact, especially if they are virtually “blind” without them. They freeze and tell everyone else to freeze around them (“Nobody move!”). While this may be okay if we are at home or even at a desk job, it’s not so safe when it happens while driving.
  • Lighter suitcase – Freedom from contact lenses and glasses also means freedom to travel lighter; no prescription sunglasses, spare lenses or cleaning/sterilizing solutions.
  • Seeing naturally – The design of soft contact lenses cannot provide the same quality of vision achieved with LASIK. LASIK gets to the source of your corneal irregularities and corrects myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism.

Schedule your LASIK Evaluation today to see if you are a candidate for this popular and potentially life-changing procedure.