45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses. If you're one of them, do you enjoy having to wear them - or glasses, for that matter?
Some people do. But if you're one of the many who doesn't, we feel your pain. Having to put on your glasses or contact lenses every day can be a hassle.
Still, you need them to read, drive and accomplish most of your day-to-day activities. But what if you could reduce the need to wear your glasses or contact lenses?
LASIK eye surgery could be a solution. Whether you're nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism - it may be the solution for you. Not sure if it is? Here are 6 benefits you could reap from having LASIK surgery!
1. Corrected Vision
Repaired vision may be the most obvious benefit to LASIK. But what is LASIK eye surgery exactly and how does it correct vision problems?
To understand how it works, we must first establish what the cornea is and how it correlates with our vision.
What Is the Cornea?
The cornea is a dome-shaped, clear outer layer that rests over the eye. It protects against dirt, debris, and germs. It also serves as a window that allows and focuses light through our eyes.
When light enters our eyes, the curved shape of the cornea refracts that light. There are other things that can impair one's ability to see. But often times the shape of the cornea can have a lot to do with one's vision.
What Is LASIK Eye Surgery?
LASIK surgery reduces one's need for contacts and eyewear. It's not meant to restore 20/20 vision. Though, many LASIK patients are able to get their vision to a 20/20. Some even wind up with 20/15 vision - or better!
During LASIK, surgeons make a small incision with a laser across the surface of the cornea. This creates a flap right over the surface of the cornea. After they making the incision, they lift this flap.
Then, they use a second laser to reshape the cornea. Doing so allows the cornea to better retract light along the retina, located in the back of the eye.
LASIK surgery is not perfect. Around two-thirds of LASIK patients need to wear glasses or contacts on occasion. All around speaking, 80% of patients reported full satisfaction from their LASIK experience.
2. No Pain
The thought of having a laser create an incision on one's eye sounds painful and scary, right?
Not as much as you would think! In fact, one of the reasons why LASIK is so popular is because it causes very little pain - if none at all.
Before the procedure begins, your surgeon will administer numbing eye drops. These feel no different to other prescription or over-the-counter eye drops. However, they contain a local anesthetic which numbs the eye.
As soon as you blink after administering the eye drops, they infiltrate the entire eye. Only your eye will feel numb. Your eyelids and the surrounding areas will not.
The only thing you'll feel during the procedure is the speculum used to hold your eye open. This may seem off-putting and uncomfortable for some patients. But it feels no different than when you hold your eye open to apply contact lenses!
What About During & After the Procedure?
You will not feel any pain during the incision and reshaping parts of the procedure. You may feel a bit a pressure or discomfort when your surgeon uses a suctioning device to create the flap. However, any pressure or discomfort will be minimal.
Throughout the rest of the procedure, your surgeon will have you look at a light. As you look at the light, your surgeon will administer the laser as they excise and reshape your cornea. This process usually takes less than a minute.
Afterward, your surgeon will lower the flap - no stitches or bandages required! Your surgeon will then administer drops and send you home wearing protective goggles.
Patients need about a day to recuperate after the surgery. Some may experience tearing, mild irritation, and sensitivity on the day of surgery. These side effects will subside after 1-2 hours as the eyes heal.
3. Immediate Results
Patients can expect significantly improved vision the day after surgery. Some patients may not need to wear glasses at all right after surgery. Others may still need to but much less than before.
Patients can also resume their normal activities the day after surgery. They should refrain from swimming and wearing eye makeup for about 2 weeks.
As the point of incision heals, it's not uncommon for patients to experience halos and glares. However, these resolve in the following weeks after surgery.
4. Save More Money
The cost of contact lenses, frames, and contact solutions can add up in time. Even the occasional optometrist appointment can cost a lot of money. Because LASIK reduces the need for eyewear, patients can save money in the long run.
And because you'll wear your glasses less frequently (or not at all), your frames will last much longer.
5. Improved Self-Confidence
If you're self-conscious about the way you look in glasses, you won't have to worry about that after LASIK. You'll also feel more comfortable, active, and spontaneous. Without the hesitation of needing to look for your glasses!
Plus, you can play sports more freely after LASIK. No more goggles. No more adjusting your frames or worrying about knocking them off.
Are you in the military or do you work a job where your vision is crucial to the work? You won't need to worry about glasses interfering with your ability to carry out your duties.
6. Allergy Relief
Do you wear contact lenses and suffer from seasonal allergies?
Chances are itchy, watery eyes are a daily, uncomfortable occurrence for you. That's because your contact lenses likely trap in pollen, further irritating your eyes.
After LASIK, you won't have to suffer through your seasonal allergies anymore. Instead, you'll get to experience the changing seasons without discomfort.
Experience the Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery
It's not always certain if LASIK can restore a person's vision to a perfect 20/20. It may not be the right solution for every patient. But one thing is certain:
After undergoing LASIK surgery, you'll experience an improvement in your quality of life. From many different angles!
Are you located in San Antonio, Texas? To find out if LASIK eye surgery is truly right for you, contact us today!