For many glasses or contact lens wearers, there comes a time when they say enough is enough and they start considering LASIK. This is also when people start to wonder if now is a good time to consider LASIK.
When NOW is the time for LASIK
You want to improve your quality of life
There is no better time to have LASIK than now. The sooner you have the procedure, the more years you have to enjoy the unique benefits it brings. Regardless of age, experiencing the freedom of life after LASIK is worth it.
You are planning a vacation
If you are planning a vacation, glasses and contacts can be bothersome. You have pack contact lens solution and plan to bring enough contacts for the duration of your vacation, and if you run out, obtaining contacts if you are abroad is challenging. Like many glasses wearers, you may not have an extra pair of glasses to bring along, so what happens if you break or lose your glasses during your trip? Additionally, as most contact lens wearers who have flown know, your eyes can really dry out during plane travel.
LASIK is a great option so you can travel without the worries of your glasses and contacts.
When you’re just plain done with glasses and contacts
There are many reasons that people state they are just done with glasses and contacts as a viable vision correction solution. These include, but are certainly not limited to:
- Contact lens induced infections
- Broken or misplaced glasses
- Not being able to see when waking up
- Activities like scuba diving, swimming, running, exercise, etc. that are hindered by glasses and contacts
- Tired of spending money year-after-year on glasses and contacts
With LASIK as an option for vision correction, glasses and contacts are really just a temporary form of vision correction and a costly one over time. For a person in their twenties who wears disposable contacts, they may spend upwards of $29,000 on contacts over their life. See how much you could spend here. With the financing options available for LASIK, as well as the ability to use HSA or FSA dollars to pay for LASIK, financial concerns can be greatly minimized.
When LASIK may have to wait
As most women who have been pregnant will tell you, hormonal imbalances caused by pregnancy extend beyond morning sickness. Many pregnant women experience changes to their eyesight, typically noticed as a reduction in visual acuity, blurriness to distance vision, but some may even notice a shift from nearsightedness to farsightedness in extreme cases. In addition, hormone changes can result in dry eyes.
Fortunately, LASIK can still be considered after delivery, once vision is once again stable.
When your eyes are still changing
For many, LASIK is a possibility as young as 18 years of age, but for some, vision may fluctuate into the early twenties as hormonal changes continue until the body is done growing.
If you’re over 18 years of age and your eyes have been stable for about a year, there shouldn’t be any problems with having LASIK. The best way to find out if you are a candidate is to be seen by a LASIK expert. They will likely ask that you bring your current glasses or contact lenses with you to your consultation as a way to check for vision stability.
If you have a persistent and untreated eye condition
As we spend more and more time staring at digital devices, more people experience dry eyes. These symptoms are usually treatable with over-the-counter wetting drops, or prescription drops for more severe cases and these people are still great candidates for LASIK. However, for some, persistent and difficult to treat dry eye syndrome may prevent LASIK from being an option. The best way to know if LASIK is a good option is to be seen for a consultation with a reputable LASIK clinic.
The best thing you can do in your consideration of LASIK is to schedule a consultation and learn how LASIK can improve your life. Click here to schedule your FREE LASIK exam!