Can LASIK Transform Your Life?
You might be wondering, “Can having LASIK really transform my life?” The title of this post seems like a bit of an exaggeration, right? But LASIK really is life-changing for many.
Most people who have made the choice to have LASIK will tell you it is one of the best decisions they have ever made in their lives. They’ll talk about how much having good vision improves every moment, every task, and every personal interest they have.
One of our former patients, an EMS helicopter pilot, told us that not having to worry about his contacts drying out anymore during 14 hours shifts has been a huge relief and allows him to focus on his work more. Another patient—a quadriplegic man who’s hand movements are limited—credits LASIK with giving him a sense of relief and independence, helping him rely less on others. And lastly, a woman who simply couldn’t see a few feet in front of her without her glasses no longer stumbles through her room at night when her young children awaken and need her. And these are just a few of the stories we hear on a weekly basis.
So, yes, we’d say LASIK really does transform lives.
Having LASIK surgery helped Sarah Jensen lead a happier life. Read her story here.
But knowing what LASIK can and can’t do for you, and setting some personal expectations, is a critical part of being an informed and satisfied LASIK patient. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few things LASIK can do for you:
It can improve your vision – sometimes even more than glasses or contact lenses can.
LASIK corrects the shape of the cornea itself. Glasses or contacts compensate for the cornea by putting another lens in front of it. While that can improve vision, the focus provided by corrective lenses is not as exact as what LASIK can achieve.
It can allow you to pursue an active lifestyle.
Many of our LASIK patients are athletes, hobbyists, or people who enjoy the outdoors. This isn’t surprising. Anyone who wears glasses or contacts knows how difficult, or even impossible, swimming, running, skiing, baseball or other sports can be to perform or enjoy. With LASIK, people can enjoy them freely – without the hassle or risk of eyewear.
It can open up new career paths.
Relying on glasses or contacts to see well makes you a less-than-ideal candidate for becoming a fireman, police officer, or other types of emergency responder. LASIK can help you qualify for careers that rely on excellent vision to protect and save lives.
Better vision, without relying on glasses and contacts, can give you the freedom to pursue activities and experience life in ways that just weren’t possible before.
While we’re at it, here are five things you may want to experience after LASIK:
If you love spending time outside, you’ll have a new appreciation of Mother Nature after LASIK. You’ll be able to peer into canyons from cliff tops, gaze at snowcapped mountains and fall foliage, marvel at giant redwoods, and see breathtaking scenery all around you, with clear vision unencumbered by glasses or contacts.
Take a Swim
Imagine this: After you have LASIK and are fully recovered from the surgery, you’ll be able to go to the beach and not worry about getting sand in your contacts, or your glasses falling off in the sea or stumbling along with blurry vision because you decided not to wear corrective lenses. Instead, you can see everything around you, including the vivid colors of the ocean and sand.
Play Your Favorite Sport
It’s true: glasses and contacts just don’t mix with athletic activities. If you play tennis or golf, it’s too easy for your contacts to get dislodged and too hard to keep eyeglasses in place. The same goes for running or even just working out in an exercise class. But, after LASIK, you can be free from these hassles. Clear vision can let you focus on what’s really important: enjoying yourself.
Host a Barbecue for Friends and Family
What better way to celebrate your new vision than to invite your friends and family over for a barbecue? Without glasses or contacts, you can hang out at the grill or pool without worrying about your corrective lenses getting messed up.
Watch the Sunrise or Sunset
They’re two of the most beautiful sights in nature: sunrises and sunsets. People who have had LASIK are able to experience their wonder without having to fumble with glasses or putting in your contacts first. With clear vision, you can immediately see the world in a new light full of the eye-catching yellow, orange, red and purple colors that spread across the sky at dawn and dusk.
See the Face of Someone You Love in the Morning
Do you wish you could open your eyes first thing in the morning and immediately see the faces of your loved ones clearly, with no blurry vision? LASIK can let you do just that. After laser vision correction, you see clearly from the moment you wake up, without having to reach for eyeglasses or contacts. What a great way to start the day!
If you are thinking about LASIK, talk to people you know who’ve had LASIK. Better still, talk with a surgeon to help you understand the limitations of LASIK as well as its many benefits. You’ll be a more satisfied LASIK patient as a result.
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(source: American Refractive Surgery Council)