Get Your Head in the Game with Laser Vision Correction
Anyone who plays a sport knows how annoying it can be to wear glasses or contact lenses. Whether you’re a professional athlete or like playing in a local league, you can count on your visual aids getting in the way.
But there’s an alternative to glasses and contact lenses that can improve your game: vision correction procedures. Laser vision correction procedures like LASIK can give you total freedom from glasses and contact lenses and help you achieve 20/20 vision or better!
But you don’t have to choose LASIK as your procedure of choice. It’s only one of several procedures.
Depending on your visual needs, there may be a procedure that’s a better option for you. Want to know more? Keep reading to learn more about the options offered at Nielsen Eye Center and how they can improve your athletic abilities and change your life!
Laser vision correction refers to surgical procedures that use a laser to correct refractive errors. Refractive errors include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
The most popular laser vision correction procedure is LASIK. But LASIK isn’t the only laser vision correction procedure you can have.
If you find out you don’t qualify for LASIK or don’t want to worry about a delicate flap healing while you’re active, there are alternative procedures to consider. One of these offered at the Nielsen Eye Center is the EVO Visian ICL.
The EVO Visian ICL is a vision correction procedure that corrects nearsightedness and astigmatism. Patients like the EVO ICL because they can achieve visual freedom and comparable results to LASIK.
LASIK is a refractive laser eye procedure that uses a laser to correct refractive errors. In the case of LASIK, it can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
LASIK can do this because it uses an excimer laser to change the shape of the cornea. The cornea, the transparent front part of the eye, is slightly misshapen in people with refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Removing the tiniest amounts of tissue from the cornea can correct these irregularities, leading to visual improvement. Another vital component of LASIK involves creating a flap in the cornea with a femtosecond laser.
Your surgeon makes the flap by separating the top part of the cornea by all but a small hinge of tissue so the flap can be lifted but still partially attached to the rest of the cornea. The tissue under the flap is then treated with the excimer laser.
Afterward, the flap is replaced to act like a natural bandage as the eye heals. Because of the corneal flap, recovery from LASIK is relatively quick and painless. But when you have the EVO Visian ICL, it’s less invasive than LASIK, and it doesn’t require the creation of a corneal flap.
Undergoing the EVO ICL procedure is simple. First, your surgeon will make a small incision in your eye.
Then, they will roll up the ICL and insert it through the incision. The ICL will then unfurl and be appropriately positioned. The incision heals on its own without needing any stitches.
The EVO Visian ICL acts like a contact lens because it changes how light refracts through the eye. The difference is that an ICL sits inside the eye, and you don’t have to worry about changing it out. The EVO Visian ICL is like a permanent contact lens.
Because there’s no flap created with the EVO Visian ICL, it’s often preferable for athletes. You don’t have to worry about the delicate flap created during procedures like LASIK to heal or stop participating in contact sports during that time.
Athletes also don’t have to concern themselves with the frustrating symptoms of dry eye, one of the most common side effects after LASIK. With the EVO Visian ICL, dry eye is less likely because the ICL is biocompatible with the eye’s natural harmony.
While these procedures are quite different, the results are similar. LASIK and the EVO Visian ICL can give you incredible vision and help you get your head in the game!
Choosing to undergo a vision correction procedure will help you perform better in several ways. The first and most important reason is that they eliminate the need for contact lenses and glasses, making it much easier to focus on playing.
Anyone who wears glasses can tell you how hard it is to wear safety equipment over them. Those who wear contacts can tell you how annoying it is when they get too dry due to hot summer days. After correcting your vision, you’ll no longer have to worry about these annoyances!
But vision correction doesn’t just give you visual freedom. It can help you see better than you could, even when wearing contacts or glasses.
Patients who have a vision correction procedure tend to have better depth perception. With better depth perception comes better reaction times.
It’s no wonder that many professional athletes from different sports choose to correct their vision! Because when you get down to it, when you see better, you can perform better.
Whether it’s due to clearer vision, better depth perception, or feeling like your vision is no longer a hindrance, correcting your sight can make a significant difference!
Now you know that correcting your vision will help your game, no matter what kind of athlete you are. The next question is, how do you decide which procedure is right for you?
It depends on your needs. Some patients may not be candidates for LASIK because their corneas are too thin. If you qualify for LASIK in every other way (you’re healthy, at least 21 years old, and have a stable prescription), the EVO Visian ICL may be the perfect alternative.
The EVO Visian ICL is less invasive and better for patients predisposed to dry eye. The ICL is made from collamer, which is similar in structure to collagen, a protein naturally found in the body.
Because of this, the EVO ICL is biocompatible and doesn’t disturb the harmony of the eye. Patients that choose the EVO Visian ICL can’t see or feel the implant.
The EVO ICl is also the only reversible vision correction procedure. If you ever change your mind about it, you can have the ICL removed.
Most patients don’t choose to have the EVO Visian ICL removed, but it’s nice to have peace of mind. However, one way that LASIK and the EVO Visian ICL differ is what they correct.
LASIK corrects all refractive errors. That includes nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
The EVO Visian ICL can only correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. If you’re farsighted, the better option is LASIK.
The good news is you’re not alone when it comes to deciding which procedure you should get. Schedule your consultation at the Nielsen Eye Center in Boston, MA, to learn more about which vision correction procedure is best for you!
Isn’t it time to get your head in the game with better vision?