For at least 200 years the solution to vision issues was to use corrective lenses. Original visual correction consisted of just one eyeglass, known as monocle. Today, the common eyeglasses have lenses for both eyes and work in tandem to improve an individual’s vision back to 20/20, when possible. Now with the help of advanced medical technology, it is possible for people to skip eyeglasses or contact lenses in favor of Lasik eye surgery. What are some of the best reasons to opt for Lasik over corrective and contact lenses?
Know the Styles
Lasik eye surgery is actually a term used to cover a variety of corrective laser eye surgeries. Lasik stands for Laser-In-Situ-Keratomileusis. Your doctor can help you determine which type of Lasik is best for you, but before going in it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different styles. Options for Lasik eye surgery include:
Bladeless: As the name suggests, the mechanical blades typically used to create the circular flap in the outer layer of the cornea are replaced by femtosecond lasers.
Custom: Wavefront technology allows for precise and individualized vision correction.
PRK: Unlike standard Lasik, this approach removes a thin surface layer of the cornea to reshape the cornea itself.
Benefits of Lasik Surgery
If you’ve had eyeglasses or contact lenses for longer than you care to remember, and have spent thousands on replacement frames over the years, it may be time to upgrade your life with Lasik eye surgery. There are many benefits to Lasik, but the following are some of the most commonly cited reasons for undergoing Lasik treatment:
Improved vision: Roughly 95% of patients who receive Lasik achieve an uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/40, while 85% achieve the coveted 20/20 vision. Best of all, it doesn’t come and go with the wearing of glasses, but is an always-on benefit.
Long-lasting results: Your eyes need roughly 3 months, on average, to stabilize after Lasik surgery. However, in most cases Lasik results are permanent and require no follow-up procedures to maintain your improved vision.
Quick results with easy recovery: In most cases, you can return to your normal daily routine within a day of your Lasik surgery. The majority of your active restrictions occur within the first 24 hours.
No more contacts: The average annual cost for contacts falls between $375 and $400. While your Lasik procedure will cost more than that up front, you’ll save thousands in the long run compared to purchasing new contacts.
No more glasses: Frames are fragile and often cumbersome on your face. With the help of Lasik, you can dump your glasses for good, stop spending hundreds of dollars on frames, and enjoy corrected vision that is dependent upon something resting on your face.
Lasik eye surgery is not new, but it has improved significantly during the past 15 years. Modern Lasik is faster, safer, and easier to recover from, giving it significant advantages over eyeglasses and contact lenses.