Any medical procedure is a big decision, and it is understandable to want the peace of mind that comes with doing your research on the operation. Check out these five things to think about when considering LASIK surgery.
1. No More Glasses or Contacts
Let’s start with the best part about getting LASIK eye treatment: no more glasses and contacts! If you have contacts, you know that they can sometimes sting or itch, especially if you have seasonal allergies. Glasses can give you pressure headaches from limited peripheral vision or a slightly off prescription. With LASIK surgery, you won’t have to deal with these discomforts any longer. This is especially nice if you’re active; you won’t have those glasses slipping off your face from sweat while running or playing sports. What’s more, your night and morning routines will be made easier without having to worry about pesky contacts and glasses!
2. A Vision Corrective Surgery that Pays for Itself
Some who qualify for LASIK eye treatment might hesitate at the initial cost of the surgery. However, when you consider the fact that you’ll never have to pay for glasses or contacts again, that single cost of the procedure is worth it. You could save thousands of dollars that you would’ve spent on yearly boxes of contacts or new glasses frames. In addition, many insurance providers will cover some or all of your vision corrective surgery. If that’s not an option for you, look into special financing opportunities so that you can afford the procedure by making monthly payments.
3. A Simple Procedure
The idea of having a medical procedure performed on your eyes can be scary, but with LASIK surgery, it’s actually pretty simple. You don’t have to be sedated for the procedure and are given numbing drops in your eyes so you can’t feel any pain. After a corneal flap is made, a precise, specialized laser painlessly reshapes your cornea. LASIK is also a short procedure with each eye correction only taking about five minutes. Unlike most surgeries, there are no stitches involved with LASIK eye treatment, and your eyes should be at their full potential within three days. Most LASIK surgeries are outpatient procedures, which means you’ll be back on your feet the same day as your procedure.
4. Permanent and Immediate Results
Picture this: the moment you wake up every morning, you’ll be able see. The effects of LASIK are a permanent way to restructure your cornea and improve your vision! Gone will be the days of blindly searching for your glasses or stumbling to your contacts! You’ll be able to rely solely on your eyes to see clearly from morning til night. What’s more, your vision might even be slightly better than it was with glasses or contacts pre-surgery. Vision-enhancing surgeries have really improved over the years. Most patients are happy with how quickly their vision improves after surgery.
5. Aftercare & Risks
As with every medical procedure, there are possible complications and risks that accompany the surgery. Although rare, incomplete corrections, overcorrection and undercorrection can occur if the procedure does not work correctly with your eyes. If this happens, patients may have to undergo another laser treatment or use glasses or contacts for assistance.
Some laser eye treatment patients also experience uncomfortable dry eye and blurred vision after the procedure. The decreased tear production and discomfort is most often temporary and can be treated with eye drops. Though eye infections rarely occur after the procedure it is important to be aware of the aftercare instructions that must be followed to prevent any damage. Medicated eye drops and protective eyewear may be a part of your after surgery routine. It is important to talk with your doctor about all possible outcomes and aftercare needs.
There are several things to think about when considering LASIK surgery, but the benefits of this procedure can change your life forever. As with any medical decision, it is important to be as educated as possible and understand the risks before the procedure. However, if you’re tired of the cons that come with glasses and contacts, we highly recommend finding out if you’re a candidate for LASIK or another corrective vision procedure.
At Williamson Eye Institute, we are dedicated to assisting our patients with their vision and eye-related needs throughout the years. To find out more about our services, visit our website or call our office to schedule a personal consultation. You can also find us on Facebook or LinkedIn.