Is LASIK Eye Surgery Worth It?
The high costs of prescriptions eyeglasses and contacts continues to add up year over year, far outpacing a one-time investment in laser eye surgery. Correcting your vision once and for all is not only more economical than spending money on glasses or contacts that only improve vision when worn, but most patients would agree that LASIK eye surgery is worth it giving excellent vision they do not have to think twice about that can be enjoyed for years to come.
LASIK boasts a high satisfaction rate (94-99%) as the results are immediate through a quick, safe and relatively painless procedure with 95% of patients achieving uncorrected visual acuity of at least 20/40 and 85% achieving 20/20 or better vision. LASIK surgery uses a laser to reshape the cornea to better refract light along the retina, located at the back of the eye. LASIK can correct refractive errors that distort vision including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism.
Although the improvement to vision alone makes LASIK eye surgery worth it, there are other surprising benefits of LASIK too. Thinking about long term expenses, a one-time surgery cost will save you money that would have otherwise gone toward frames, contact lenses, replacements, contact lens solutions and optometrist appointments. Your everyday lifestyle will improve with LASIK. Not only will you see without the need of glasses and contacts, but you will no longer have to worry about how needing a device to see limits certain activities especially sports and recreational activities. Gone will be the days of worrying about swimming, surfing or wearing goggles and how those activities could damage contacts or glasses. LASIK can also improve your allergy symptoms. Many contact lens wearers complain of dry eye and the debris or pollen that can get on or underneath the contact lens. Once you have LASIK, you will not need to touch your eyes, decreasing the risk of allergens encountering your eyes. Lastly, another surprising benefit of LASIK can aid in qualifying you for certain professional positions such as military and first responders who are required to have stable, clear vision in roles that require life-saving tactics.
Although LASIK eye surgery is worth it from both a personal and financial point of view, not all patients meet the qualifications of being a good candidate for LASIK. To find out if LASIK is right for you, schedule an appointment with Kalamazoo Ophthalmology by calling 269-329-5860 or booking online at WEBSITE.