LASIK surgery is popular, there’s no question about that. Millions of people undergo LASIK each year with phenomenal results. Even when you know and understand that fact, it can be hard to take the plunge and schedule a LASIK consultation. Why? There are many reasons. Procrastination is one. Just not being sure you want to do it is another. Are you still on the fence about LASIK surgery?
What Is LASIK Surgery?
LASIK is a surgical procedure that corrects myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism using specialized lasers. It is quick, effective, and safe. The recovery time is short and most people enjoy freedom from glasses and contact lenses immediately after the surgery.
During LASIK surgery, your surgeon will create a thin, hinged flap on the surface of the cornea. This flap will be moved back to expose the inner layers of the cornea for treatment. Then, your surgeon will use an excimer laser to remove microscopic amounts of corneal tissue, effectively reshaping the cornea and correcting your vision.
LASIK recovery is short and you can get back to most of your daily activities the very next day. In fact, many people go back to work the day after their surgery!
The Disadvantages of Contact Lenses and Glasses
Glasses and contact lenses are great for people who want clear vision without permanently altering their eyes, and who are willing to commit to the cost and upkeep they require. If you’re not one of those people, and you’d rather have clear vision without the hassle of glasses and contact lenses, LASIK may be for you.
Glasses and contact lenses are great for some people, but they do have some disadvantages when compared to LASIK surgery.
For instance, contact lenses need frequent replacing and require a decent amount of cleaning to remain safe for your eyes. You can’t sleep in them, and sometimes they can pop out of your eye and get lost. Contact lenses, along with the necessary accessories like lens solution, can add up to be quite expensive over your lifetime. Not to mention, infections caused by contact lenses are extremely common and cause serious damage to your vision.
Glasses don’t require as much upkeep, but they can also be quite costly and frustrating to live with. Have you ever lost your glasses, but you couldn’t find them because you need your glasses to see? Have you ever broken your glasses and been effectively blind until you could get a new pair?
The Benefits of Getting LASIK Surgery
LASIK surgery, while not for everyone, can provide a newfound sense of freedom to patients who have used glasses and contact lenses for most of their lives. No more contact lens cleaning, replacements, and lens solution. No more losing and paying for eyeglass replacements. After LASIK, the idea of waking up to clear vision each morning can become a reality!
LASIK surgery is safe. It’s effective. And it will allow you to experience more freedom in your everyday life. What more could you want? If you are interested in scheduling a LASIK consultation to see if it’s right for you, be sure to contact Nielsen Eye Center in the greater Boston area. We are here to make your dream of clear vision a reality!