What Makes LASIK Worth It, Anyway?

If you have a refractive error and need glasses or contact lenses to see, chances are you’ve heard of LASIK. LASIK is the most popular and well-known vision correction procedure you can undergo. 

It’s also one of the safest and most effective. Most patients who have LASIK end up with 20/20 vision or better, eliminating the need for glasses and contact lenses.

But what makes LASIK worth the time, energy, and expense? Several things make LASIK worth having beyond simply providing you with fantastic vision and visual freedom. Keep reading to find out what makes LASIK worth it!

No More Glasses

Glasses are the first thing most people try if they have blurry vision due to a refractive error. But glasses can be incredibly inconvenient, even for people who wear them over contact lenses. 

The lenses can get dirty and foggy after minor temperature changes, limiting your vision. If you wear glasses, chances are you find yourself wiping off the lenses several times daily. 

They also make it hard to wear other things on your face, like hats and other gear. You’re also limited when it comes to sunglasses. 

You can get transition lenses or prescription sunglasses, but both options are expensive and offer no variety. LASIK is an alternative to glasses that also means no more contact lenses. 

After getting LASIK, you can see and eliminate all these annoyances with your own eyes!

No More Contact Lenses

You may prefer contact lenses to glasses because of how inconvenient glasses can be. Contacts certainly have some advantages over glasses, but they also come with their frustrations. 

One thing that makes contact lenses inconvenient is they are often uncomfortable. They can be especially uncomfortable if you need rigid contact lenses because soft contacts aren’t enough to correct your vision. 

Even if you do wear soft contact lenses, they can dry out your eyes. Contact lenses remove much-needed moisture from your eyes, making lens solution necessary. However, even with lens solution, you may still find that your eyes feel dry after wearing contacts all day. 

You must also take your contacts out and put them back in each day you wear them. Even if changing your contact lenses is part of your daily routine, it can still be a pain, especially when traveling and may not have a mirror or sink.

After you get LASIK, you never have to worry about changing your contacts again! You can simplify your routine and make your eyes feel much more comfortable.

Easy Procedure and an Easy Recovery

LASIK is a quick and painless procedure. Numbing eye drops ensure you won’t feel any pain while it’s going on. 

The procedure only takes a few minutes per eye, and because it’s an outpatient procedure, you’ll go home once it’s over. 

Recovery is also quick. Most patients only feel discomfort for a day or two, and many can return to work the day after LASIK.  

The initial recovery is only a few weeks long. It requires you to avoid getting things in your eye, not wearing eye makeup for a week, avoiding bodies of water for about a month, and any contact sports or strenuous activities. 

If you follow all instructions from your eye doctor, which include taking eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection, you’ll be able to return to your usual routine in only a few weeks. You’ll also start seeing visual improvements almost immediately after LASIK. 

Your vision will continue to improve as your eyes heal. It takes 3-6 months for your eyes to finish healing. 

As your vision continues improving, you’ll eventually reach your peak vision after your eyes finish healing. The procedure and recovery process will leave you minimal downtime and long-lasting clear vision!

Long-Lasting Results

LASIK is permanent, meaning it doesn’t “wear off.” The procedure changes the shape of your eye to correct your refractive error. 

To have LASIK, your vision must be stable. Having stable vision ensures that your eyesight won’t change after the procedure. 

A prescription that won’t change is more likely to help LASIK remain effective for years to come. If your vision is still changing, you should wait to have LASIK. A stable prescription is one of the best ways to achieve optimal vision results!

No vision correction procedure can prevent age-related vision loss. But getting LASIK doesn’t stop you from developing any age-related eye conditions treated when you’re older. 

Getting LASIK will allow you to have years and years of incredible, unassisted vision. The younger you are when you have LASIK, the more years of clear vision you can look forward to!

A Smart Financial Investment

LASIK can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be cost-prohibitive. The cost may be the main thing making you wonder if LASIK is worth having. 

But there are things you can do to make LASIK much more affordable. There are widely available LASIK payment plans with no interest and reasonable monthly payments. If you have a good credit score, you should qualify for one.

But LASIK isn’t just affordable with payment plans. The vision correction procedure can also save you money in the long run. 

Because it’s permanent, it can save you hundreds yearly on what you’d otherwise spend on new glasses and contact lenses. Every year after you have LASIK, you’ll save money.

LASIK will pay for itself after a certain point, primarily if you use financing or a payment plan! LASIK may not be for everyone, but many patients find it a procedure well worth having. 

After all, LASIK has a 95% patient satisfaction rating! Knowing that, you’ll likely think LASIK is worth having too! 

To learn more and determine if LASIK is right for you, schedule your commitment-free LASIK consultation at New England Eye Center in Boston, MA! Haven’t you waited long enough for better vision?

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