If you could save yourself thousands of dollars over your life time, wouldn’t you want to? Lasik surgery can allow you to go without glasses or contacts for the rest of your life! Imagine a life without having to wake up and grab your glasses on the bed side table or to hobble to the bathroom to put in your contacts to start your day… That sound heavenly!
Lasik surgery is completely changing peoples lives, no more worrying about ripped contacts, broken glasses and dry or watery eye irritant! Lasik has become so popular that this surgery has become a household name! According to Market Scope, around 10 million Americans have had Lasik surgery since it was first approved by the FDA in 1999. About 700,000 LASIK surgeries are done each year and is considered an outpatient procedure and usually only takes 30 minuted to perform. 96-98% of people will have at least 20/20 or better vision afterwards.1 Lasik is one of the most highly sought after surgeries to date and has a super high satisfaction rating among those who have opted for the procedure.
Lasik eye surgery is a permanent procedure that can be done to correct your vision so that you no longer have to wear glasses or contacts. This type of surgery can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatisms. If you are nearsighted, your eyeball is longer than normal or when the cornea curves too sharply, light rays focus in front of the retina and blur distant vision. You can see objects that are close fairly clearly, but not those that are far away. If you are farsighted, you have a shorter than average eyeball or a cornea that is too flat, light focuses behind the retina instead of on it. This makes near vision, and sometimes distant vision, blurry. If you have an astigmatism, the cornea curves or flattens unevenly, the result is astigmatism, which disrupts focus of near and distant vision.2
Most people that are considering Lasik surgery are already wearing glasses or contacts, so you should be able to talk with an eye doctor about what vision impairments you have. The first step you should take is to make an appointment with an experienced refractive surgeon who can tell you whether you are a good candidate for the procedure or not. There should be a series of tests performed to evaluate your vision and look for signs of eye infections, inflammation, dry eyes, large eye pupils, high eye pressure and other eye-health conditions. They should also measure your cornea, noting the shape, contour, thickness and any irregularities. This will help assess whether you can undergo the procedure safely.3
This laser refractory procedure only takes 30 minutes to be performed and it it done with a laser so it is super precise. The surgeon will cut back the flap of your eye so that the laser can reshape your cornea. Glasses and contacts are used to bend the light that is being cast in the wrong area inside your eye due to a misshaped cornea. This procedure corrects misshaped corneas so that there is no need to bend light with glasses or contacts. Once the procedure is done, you will be able to see but it may be a little blurry. There is usually no need for stitches and the wound will heal without any assistance.
Since this is considered an elective procedure, insurance does not typically cover the cost of the surgery.4 But when you add up the amount you will save over your lifetime by not buying corrective wear will make up for it! Consider this an investment for yourself. An investment to lessen one burden off of your plate. The reward outweighs the risks, the most common side effects are dry eyes, halo, double vision, and glare and very few people experience this longer than 3 months ad then it resolves. When preparing in the upcoming days of the surgery and after skip the make up for a few days to lessen that chances of any infection that could arise from unwanted debris in the surgery. After the procedure, arrange to have someone drive you home as you may not be ready to be behind the wheel.
Ultimately, the way you take care of your vision needs is a personal preference. Sometimes you will learn that you are not a good candidate at the moment to undergo the surgery because your vision is still changing, and if this is the case, you may need to check back when the changes slow down and your eyes become stable. If you enjoy having glasses as part of your look then maybe this is not right for you. This may also not be right for you if you enjoy paying countless dollars on contact cases, eye ointments, contact solutions and eye glass cleaners, but if you are like so many others, dying to break free of visual dependancies then Lasik corrective surgery could be just what you are looking for. Give yourself a chance and make an appointment with your eye doctor today to see if this procedure is the thing that you’ve been waiting of your whole life.