In an ideal world, everyone would see clearly without the need for glasses or contacts. But according to the Vision Council of America, more than 75% of American adults wear glasses or contacts to correct their vision. And it gets worse with age. More than 90% of Americans over 55 years old can’t see without the help of their prescription eyewear.
With today’s advanced laser technology, and ever since its FDA approval in 1996, LASIK surgery has helped millions of people see clearly with less dependency on glasses and contacts. Here at Whitson Vision, LASIK surgery is one of the most popular ways our board-certified ophthalmologists help adults see clearly again. Read on to learn why LASIK is still the best way to correct common vision problems.
LASIK reshapes your eye’s cornea
Even if you’ve been dependent on glasses most of your life, you may still benefit from LASIK vision correction. This relatively simple computer-controlled laser surgery reshapes your cornea to correct most common vision problems, including:
- Myopia, or nearsightedness
- Hyperopia, or farsightedness
- Presbyopia, or age-related difficulty focusing close-up
Imagine what it would be like to read a dinner menu without issue, even when you forget your reading glasses at home. Or consider how you would feel waking up each morning and being able to see the time on your phone even before you reach for your glasses.
What about being able to watch TV or read road signs in the distance without glasses? When was the last time you could jump into a pool without worry that you might lose a contact lens?
LASIK surgery can help you live life to the fullest, without worry of how well you’ll be able to see, or whether or not your remembered to bring your glasses to a restaurant or pack enough contacts for your summer vacation.
Vision improves immediately after LASIK surgery
For many people, vision improves almost immediately after LASIK surgery. What’s even more remarkable is that about 95% of adults improve their vision to 20/40 or better, and 85% improve to 20/20 — perfect vision.
A painless procedure with a quick recovery
Today’s advanced laser technologies and numbing eye drops allow for a completely painless procedure that’s over in a matter of minutes. Most patients return to their usual activities within 24 hours. In some cases, it may take a few weeks for your eyes to fully achieve optimal vision.
If your vision changes as you get older, Dr. Whitson and the board-certified team of ophthalmologists can make adjustments with another LASIK procedure several years after your initial surgery, if necessary.
A dramatic difference in dependency on glasses
After LASIK, you may not even need your glasses to see clearly at any distance. While some people still need them occasionally, most of our patients enjoy a dramatic reduction in dependency on glasses.
Save money on prescription eyewear and contact solutions
Think of all the money you’ve spent over the years on glasses, contacts, contact solutions, and other types of prescription eyewear. If you’ve worn glasses for most of your life, all those expenses add up, even when insurance covers a portion of the costs. In the long run, LASIK can save you time and money.
Maybe you’ve spent even more money on prescription sunglasses, goggles, or safety glasses for sports like lacrosse or hockey. Not only are these special eyewear necessities an added expense, you have to remember to bring them with you when you travel or head to the golf course, pool, or ski slopes.
LASIK is a one-time expense instead of an ongoing one. You don’t have to replenish solutions or update your frames, or replace the lenses in your glasses because you broke them or your prescription changed.
Limitless lifestyle advantages
Do you dance? Play golf? Ski? Swim? Every time you engage in activity wearing your glasses or contacts, you have to worry about losing them or breaking them. Maybe your glasses make you feel less confident in certain social settings. Or perhaps you don’t want to worry about choosing between eye comfort and being able to see clearly when you’re spending a long weekend at the beach.
LASIK can change all that for the better so you can engage in your favorite activities without worry. You can be more spontaneous and carefree when you don’t have to worry about losing your glasses in the ocean or having your contacts dry out after a long day of sightseeing.
Are you ready to see if you’re a candidate for LASIK surgery and its many benefits? Call the Whitson Vision office closest to you or request an appointment online to get started.