Why Choose LASIK for Vision Improvement?
Anyone that wears contact lenses or glasses to improve their vision can attest to how bothersome these things can be. You have to keep your glasses clean, make sure you don’t lose your lenses, and constantly put the glasses or lenses on and take them off. Not to mention the cost of continually replacing your glasses or contact lenses.
Luckily, LASIK surgery can help you say goodbye to your contacts and glasses. LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a refractive surgery that corrects various vision problems, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. If you are unsure if LASIK is right for you, discover some benefits of the surgery below.
LASIK Improves Your Eye Health
When you wear contact lenses, you have to constantly touch your eyes, which may introduce bacteria that can lead to infections. According to the CDC, there is a higher risk of severe eye infection for contact wearers than for people that don’t wear contacts.
LASIK eliminates the need to touch your eyes, which equates to less risk of infection. In addition, LASIK strengthens the cornea, the outermost layer of your eye. A healthy cornea is critical to maintain healthy vision.
LASIK Is More Cost-Friendly in the Long Run
While the upfront cost of LASIK surgery may seem high, the price is more cost-effective in the long run. The average price of LASIK surgery is $2,000 to $3,000 per eye. However, when you factor in the cost of contact lenses and glasses over a lifetime, LASIK is more affordable.
For example, suppose you spend $500 per year on contact lenses and related supplies and have to wear lenses for twenty years. In that case, the total cost will be $10,000 for that period only. And if you wear glasses, the price tag is even higher based on the type of frames and your exact vision problem.
LASIK Is a Quick and Easy Procedure
The entire LASIK surgery takes only a few minutes from start to finish. After that, the actual laser treatment only takes a few seconds per eye. And the recovery time is short. Most people experience blurred vision and light sensitivity for the first day or two after surgery. But these side effects typically go away within a week. Some people even report improved vision the very next day.
LASIK Is Painless
Most people associate laser surgery with pain. But that’s not the case with LASIK. Your eye specialist applies numbing eye drops to your eyes before the surgery so you don’t feel anything. Moreover, because the incisions made during LASIK are so small, you will experience minimal discomfort afterward.
In addition, new technologies and techniques have made laser surgery even more comfortable for patients. For instance, IntraLase is a femtosecond laser that creates the corneal flap — the first step in LASIK surgery. This laser is much more precise than traditional methods and results in less discomfort for patients.
LASIK Has a High Success Rate
The vast majority of people that have the surgery achieve total success — and many people achieve perfect vision. Plus, if the results you get are unsatisfactory, you can always opt for an enhancement procedure that can further improve your vision.
Therefore, with LASIK, you can say goodbye to lenses and glasses, and you no longer have to worry about endless eye checkup appointments. Instead, you get to enjoy a clear vision and all the benefits that come with it.
The benefits of LASIK surgery are limitless, and those named above are just a few to help you clear your doubts. Consult us at San Diego Eye Professionals for an eye examination and determine if you are a good candidate. We have extensive experience in LASIK, so quality services are a guarantee. Contact us to discuss this topic further.