People often choose to get LASIK so they can see great and don’t have to hassle with glasses or contact lenses anymore. While those benefits alone are terrific reasons to consider the procedure, the upside of LASIK doesn’t end there. In fact LASIK surgeons, like Key-Whitman Eye Center’s Kimberly Warren, M.D., regularly hear patients say how surprised they are at the difference LASIK makes in their day-to-day lives.
“Sure, people love the fact that they open their eyes in the morning and can see clearly. Some patients even get excited that they can wear fashion sunglasses again. However, what resonates with me is when a patient tells me how LASIK genuinely has made their life easier, less stressful and even safer because glasses and contacts no longer get in the way,” Dr. Warren says.
For Dr. Warren, there are six common reasons people feel their lives got an upgrade with LASIK. If you can relate to any of the following, LASIK eye surgery may be a good option for you.
NOT where they left their glasses the night before. Imagine you have a new baby who wakes up several times a night, do you want to be fumbling for your glasses or popping your contact lenses in? What if your baby is crying and you can’t find your glasses?
According to Dr. Warren, “I’ve performed LASIK on a lot of young millennial moms. They love the fact that they can focus on their kids first, instead of whether they can see or not. Young moms also have to deal with toddlers grabbing glasses off their face and the discomfort of wearing contacts when they take kids to the park, pool or beach. LASIK eliminates all of those issues and just makes life easier.”
NOT poor vision or discomfort caused by glasses or contacts. If you’re a professional athlete, glasses could distort your vision and contacts may get uncomfortable and dirty during a competition. These issues can affect comfort and the quality of your performance.
While weekend warriors typically don’t feel pressured to perform at an elite level, wearing glasses or contacts could increase their frustration and discomfort, and even take the joy out of participating in sports.
As Dr. Warren explains, “Athletes often complain that glasses and contacts are a distraction or affect their performance. Whether you play sports for a living or want to make your next bike ride, a tennis match, golf outing or basketball game more enjoyable, LASIK may be a good option to consider.”
NOT worrying about their vision. Police officers need to react quickly when a threat arises. Firefighters and EMTs work in hazardous environments where glasses could fall off or get broken, or contacts could become dirty and irritating. Not to mention the fact that many sleep at the station, and taking time to put contacts in for a late-night emergency call isn’t ideal.
According to Dr. Warren, “Worry-free vision can really make a difference for first responders, whether you’re a police officer trying to diffuse an altercation or a firefighter running into a burning house. If you’re tired of hassling with glasses or contacts on the job, LASIK may give you one less thing to worry about.”
NOT having to fix or replace glasses or track down contact lens solution when they’re miles from home. If you have poor vision, going without glasses or contacts on the road for a long period of time could be devastating. Depending on where you travel, it could take hours or even days to get your glasses fixed or receive a replacement pair.
“I typically ask patients why they decided to get LASIK, and one patient told me a recent trip sealed the deal. He was on vacation and lost his glasses at the airport. Like many people, he didn’t have a back-up pair with him. Since he had such poor vision, the patient spent several hours unable to see. The experience was so traumatizing, he decided to get LASIK as soon as possible,” explains Dr. Warren.
NOT the hassle of dried out contacts or glasses they hate to wear. As people age, many find it difficult to wear contact lens for extended periods of time and are forced to wear glasses more frequently.
“Contact lens intolerance becomes more prevalent when people reach their 40s and 50s, but it doesn’t mean you have to go back to wearing glasses full-time. With LASIK, many patients enjoy the freedom from the discomfort of contacts and great vision in a matter of minutes,” Dr. Warren says.
NOT eye irritation or corneal abrasions and ulcers. Face it – if you’re in college, you probably keep strange hours – whether you need to pull an all-nighter to cram for an exam or your part-time job ends in the wee hours of the morning. Wearing contacts longer than you should, or sleeping in contacts, isn’t a risk worth taking.
As Dr. Warren explains, “We have a lot of college students who come in after their first semester at school to ask about LASIK. Many regularly stay up late to study, fall asleep in their contacts and end up with irritated and even painful eyes. That discomfort could be a sign of infection or abrasion on the cornea, which could put their vision at risk. For those students who don’t want to wear glasses, LASIK could eliminate the distractions caused by contact lenses and make college life more enjoyable.”
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ABOUT DR. WARREN:
A native of Houston, Texas, Kimberly S. Warren, M.D., graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Dr. Warren earned her medical degree from the Texas Tech University of Sciences Center where she was a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. As a Key-Whitman eye surgeon, Dr. Warren specializes in vision correction surgery with high-technology lenses, as well as glaucoma management. Dr. Warren and her husband are proud parents of three children and reside in Plano.