What is it About LASIK that Makes it So Popular?

LASIK has become increasingly popular in recent years. It’s long been a highly sought-after elective procedure, especially for various athletes and celebrities.

But now, LASIK is accessible to almost anyone who wants it. There are a lot of people who want it!

So what makes it not only desirable but also a sound financial decision? Keep reading to find out what makes LASIK so popular and why it’s worth considering!

Visual Freedom

The number one reason most people have LASIK is it can provide you with visual freedom from contact lenses and glasses. If you have a refractive error like nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, you’ve probably relied on glasses or contact lenses for most of your life.

But even after you get used to them, both glasses and contacts can be a huge pain. Eyeglasses are expensive and can break at the least convenient times.

Contact lenses may allow you to see without glasses, but they also have some downsides. Many people who wear contacts suffer from irritation. They may even fall out of your eyes when you need them the most.

It’s no wonder so many people want to do away with pesky glasses and contact lenses. With LASIK, this dream can become a reality.

When you have your vision corrected by having LASIK, you’re highly likely to end up with 20/20 vision or better. The best part of this is that you no longer have to rely on any visual aids to see.

All the minor annoyances that come with glasses and contacts are a thing of the past after you have LASIK. Instead, you can look forward to crisp, clear vision like you’ve never experienced before!

Advanced Technology

Besides LASIK, there are other vision correction surgeries, so why is LASIK the most popular? Another procedure that was available before LASIK is PRK.

PRK is still around and provides patients with almost identical results to LASIK. It’s also safe and effective. However, LASIK improved upon the procedure by creating the corneal flap.

What does this mean? Surgeons perform laser refractive surgery by reshaping the cornea with an excimer laser to compensate for a refractive error.

Essentially, your cornea is sculpted to correct your vision, allowing you to see better than you ever could with glasses or contact lenses. Before LASIK, this was done directly on the cornea after removing just the thin, protective epithelial layer over the cornea.

But LASIK introduced the creation of a corneal flap. The flap is a hinged flap made at the top of the cornea. The excimer laser shapes the cornea below this flap, and then after surgery, the flap is replaced.

Why is this preferable? The flap acts as a natural bandage while the eye heals, so recovering after LASIK is faster and more comfortable.

And in recent years, LASIK technology has only become more advanced, leading to even safer and more effective procedures. Given all this, it makes sense that most people choose LASIK if given the option between different vision correction surgeries.

Easy Procedure and Recovery

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LASIK surgery is quick and painless. It only takes a few minutes per eye to complete. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure, thanks to receiving numbing eye drops. During most of LASIK, you won’t be able to feel anything at all!

Recovery is also easy, thanks to the corneal flap mentioned earlier. Discomfort usually only lasts a day or so, and you only need to take eye drops and special precautions to protect your eyes for the first few weeks.

Following the instructions from your eye doctor will help ensure that your LASIK recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Choosing to have LASIK doesn’t mean dealing with a lot of downtime. Most patients find that they can go back to work the day after correcting their vision!

Enhanced Vision

Not only does LASIK help you see without contacts or glasses, it helps you see better than you could even with contacts and glasses. LASIK patients find that they have clearer vision and improved depth and color perception after surgery.

Having LASIK is like seeing in HD. Imagine everything is crisp and colors are more vivid.

Having better vision is one of the reasons LASIK is so popular amongst athletes in particular. Better depth perception means better reaction times, so athletes who get LASIK often end up improving their game on and off the field.

But you don’t need to be an athlete to appreciate the world in high definition! You can enjoy it just as much if you’re surfing or taking in the sights on the beach.

A Long Term Investment

LASIK doesn’t “wear off.” It’s permanent.

When you have LASIK surgery, it permanently alters the shape of your eye. The parts of your cornea removed during LASIK don’t grow back, so your vision doesn’t change.

LASIK cannot prevent worsening vision from age-related conditions, so you may need reading glasses later in life, but as long as you have a stable prescription before surgery, you’ll have crystal clear vision for years and years to come.

Because it’s permanent, LASIK is an investment. It’s not only an investment in your future, but it’s also a financial investment.

LASIK can be pricey, but it can save you money in the long run. How? By eliminating the need for glasses and contact lenses.

Think of all the money you spend on glasses and contacts every year. Year after year, that money adds up.

If you get LASIK, you can eliminate those expenses. So every year after you get LASIK, you save money. Eventually, the surgery will pay for itself!

Many patients find that LASIK starts paying for itself in as little as two to three years. Thanks to affordable, no-interest payment plans, LASIK is also easier to pay for. Why wait any longer?

Schedule your LASIK consultation at Sugiki Portis Yim Eye Center in Honolulu, HI, to find out if you’re a good LASIK candidate! There’s no time like the present to make a change!

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