The holidays are a time for giving. There’s no greater joy than giving, whether it’s to friends and family or to those less fortunate.
But there’s often someone you may forget to give to during the holidays: yourself. Between everything you do for the people around you, remember to take some time for yourself.
You don’t have to be extravagant when it comes to treating yourself, either. There are many ways you can care for yourself and your health, especially when it comes to your vision.
Some are little and others are a bit bigger. But whatever you do, the holidays are the perfect time to make sure your vision is perfect. Keep reading to learn why you should gift yourself clear vision this holiday season!
How to Improve Your Vision
There’s more than one way to treat yourself when it comes to your vision and eye health. Here are a few ways to give yourself that holiday present you deserve the most.
See your eye doctor!
A lot of people, especially young adults, put off going to the eye doctor even as their eyesight changes. It can be a little less convenient when your parents are no longer scheduling the appointments for you.
The good news is it’s not hard to make an appointment today at one of our offices, even if you’re a new patient. You may find an updated prescription is all you need for better vision.
Make sure you have contacts that are right for you
There are so many different kinds of contacts and it can be hard to know which is best for you. There’s a good chance you’ve been wearing the same kind of contacts since you first got them as a teenager.
What seemed like the perfect fit five years ago may not be quite as comfortable anymore. As a result, you may find your contact lenses too uncomfortable to wear on a regular basis.
It could be that a different type of lens will make all the difference. Our eye care professionals at New England Eye Center can provide you with a contact lens fitting to help you find contacts that work best for you and your lifestyle.
Consider refractive surgery
If you’ve never liked wearing glasses or contacts, this is a great alternative. Refractive surgeries like LASIK are minimally invasive procedures that permanently reshape your cornea.
The best part? For most patients, this means visual freedom!
Can you imagine no longer needing glasses or contact lenses to see clearly? If you’re looking to treat yourself for the holidays, a refractive surgery like LASIK is certainly something to think about. Why not give yourself a gift that you’ll be able to enjoy for the rest of your life?
Why LASIK Could be the Perfect Gift
The most popular kind of laser vision correction available is LASIK. Since it became FDA approved over 20 years ago, LASIK has only continued to evolve and become a more innovative procedure.
LASIK is a safe procedure that provides you with the crystal clear vision you’ve always dreamed of. If you wear glasses and contacts and have wondered if there’s something better, LASIK is that answer!
LASIK is a simple outpatient procedure that can be completed in as little as an hour. Any procedure that’s on your eyes can make you nervous, but LASIK isn’t painful.
Thanks to numbing eye drops, you never feel any pain during the procedure. After numbing your eyes, your surgeon creates a small flap in the cornea.
They’ll then use a programmed laser to shape your cornea and correct any refractive errors. Initial recovery takes only a few days and there’s no need for any kind of stitches or sutures to worry about.
LASIK is an elective procedure, meaning that it’s not covered by most insurance plans. Whether you’re giving LASIK as a gift to someone else, or you’re giving it to yourself, it’s worth it.
If the cost makes it seem too expensive, New England Eye Center offers our patients financing plans! Why should something like cost stand in the way of enjoying clear vision?
LASIK is a gift that anyone can appreciate for years to come. It’s priceless, especially if you compare it to other gifts people get and re-gift later on!
For Older Patients: Restore Your Eyesight
If you’re over 40, you may be at risk for or even have some age-related eye conditions. The holidays are a great time for you or your older relatives to have these conditions properly treated.
Is it time for cataract surgery?
If you’ve had cataracts that have continued to worsen, you may be ready for cataract surgery. When someone is first diagnosed with cataracts, doctors usually recommend patients wait to have them removed.
It’s usually time to have cataract surgery once your cataracts start to affect your quality of life. It can be hard to tell how much your cataracts are affecting your life.
It can also be easy to put off cataract surgery and try to live with impaired vision. If that sounds like you, do yourself a favor and schedule your cataract surgery this holiday season! You deserve to be able to see just as well as you did before having cataracts.
Prevent further vision loss
When you’re at risk for conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy, you need regular eye exams. Most of these conditions are irreversible and have no cure.
But they are usually something you can manage if you receive an early diagnosis. When they’re severe enough to present visual symptoms, vision loss is irreversible.
It’s vital to have these conditions diagnosed early so they can be managed to slow and even stop vision loss. If you don’t think you’re at risk for any of these conditions, keep in mind that 40 and older increases your risk for cataracts.
Being 50 and older increases your risk for most other age-related eye conditions as well. Gift yourself continued clear vision by scheduling regular appointments with your eye doctor!
Are you unsure when you last saw an ophthalmologist? Wondering if a procedure like LASIK could be right for you? Schedule an appointment at New England Eye Center in Boston, MA to discuss how to achieve clear vision this holiday season!