Special Offer: Save 20% On LASIK, Find More
*Must mention this promotion and be treated in April of 2023 to qualify. 20% off standard price of Wavelight procedure. Cannot be combined with any other offers.
Jenn received her first pair of glasses at the age of six after a routine screening at her elementary school revealed significant nearsightedness (or myopia). After eight years of breaking or misplacing pair after pair of glasses, her parents finally consented to let her wear contacts. “I was an absent-minded klutz,” she says. “I don’t think I ever had [glasses] that lasted more than four or five months.”
Daily, followed by weekly, contacts served her well until her 19th birthday when her parents surprised her with LASIK treatment. She had the procedure in August of that year, and since then she has enjoyed the gift of improved vision.
Fifteen years. I never thought about it until now, but that’s three years longer than I ever wore contacts or glasses. I go to the eye doctor every one or two years for check-ups, but I just don’t think about it anymore. It’s nice.
My mom had it about six months after I did. She denies it to this day, but I think she was using me as a guinea pig. My folks gave me LASIK for my birthday, and I know they did it because they love me, but I also think it was a test. Because my eyes didn’t fall out of my head or anything like that, she felt comfortable having it done. LASIK was pretty new back then, and we didn’t know anyone who’d had it done.
I actually liked glasses, because it was fun to pick out the frames and try new styles. My problem was that I couldn’t keep them for any extended period of time. I was always setting them down and knocking them on the floor or forgetting them on the school bus. Contacts were better, but I kept falling asleep in them, and my eyes would be sore the next day.
It’s nice not having to worry about making sure I can see. Sometimes I would leave my contacts out because they were itching, but not being able to see is really frustrating. I also got a lot of headaches before LASIK.
During the first few years after I got LASIK, exercise was a complete revelation. It just feels normal now, but back then, I was constantly relieved to be able to work out without worrying about how much sweat was dripping into my eyes.
I also read for about half an hour before bed — I’ve done that since I was little — and it’s been much easier since LASIK. Because I read in bed, glasses would always irritate my ears when I was lying on my side. When I got contacts, I’d have to get up after I was done reading to take them out. Now I can just put my book down, switch off the light and fall asleep.
It’s such a personal thing, but if someone is tired of wearing glasses or contacts, I would definitely tell her to consider LASIK. I only know my own experience, but I can’t imagine going back. Between my home, my job and my family, I’ve got enough to worry about already, and not needing my contacts lightens the load.
Just relax. It’s really stressful because we rely so heavily on our eyes. The idea of letting someone — even a doctor — mess with our vision can be scary. I think I might have more trepidation now if I were just starting to consider it than I did years ago. When you’re a teenager, you assume you’re invincible. I think adults are a little more wary, just like my Mom was at first. So relax, take a deep breath and talk to someone about your anxiety. That will help calm the nerves.
Shelby , Michigan
Brooklyn, New York
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Edison, New Jersey
Paramus, New Jersey
Altamonte Springs, Florida
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey
Glen Allen, Virginia
San Antonio, Texas
Creve Coeur, Missouri
Albany, New York
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Oak Brook, Illinois
West Des Moines, Iowa
Enter your zip code, city, or a doctor name below to find a vision center.
Your vision issues can most likely be corrected with a LASIK procedure. Schedule a free consultation today.
Answer 5 simple questions to see if you are a candidate
Learn about your surgeon, the latest advanced technology, procedures, options and benefits, financing options, and what to expect from your LASIKPlus experience.