Are you considering LASIK surgery? Maybe you've worn glasses or contacts for years, like me. I got glasses in the 2nd grade. Let me just say that 30+ years ago, the options for children's glasses all had one thing in common: oversized!
Now, I'm 8 years post-LASIK and reflecting on my tips to determine if it's right for you….
1. Evaluate why you want Lasik
For me, both the discomfort and appearance of heavy glasses factored into my desire for LASIK back then, even my "thin" lenses rivaled the thickness of coke bottles. Contacts offered me limited success due to dry eyes. Plus, I truly wanted better vision. I couldn't even see a clock 12 inches in front of my face. I'd had enough and knew I was ready for a different solution.
Consider what issues play into your decision. A few things may be…
- Visual freedom all the time - with no reliance on glasses or contacts.
- Cost effectiveness - if you purchase multiple glasses over the years or wear disposable contacts, the investment in surgery may pay off financially.
- Lifestyle - do you participate in activities or have a career where eyewear gets in the way?
- Appearance - let's be honest, this is a real motivator for a lot of us!
2. Consult with a doctor you trust
I'd been going to a doctor for years who could perform LASIK by the time I could actually afford the surgery. While this worked perfectly for me, many optometrists don't perform the procedure. Referrals are always a great tool. Ask your current eye doctor or friends - and definitely check out the expert vision providers who participate in the freshbenies savings program. Click here to search for providers in your area, and be sure to use the Advanced Search selecting "Laser Surgery Provider" in the Specialty field.
The doctor should evaluate your eyesight and overall eye health to determine if LASIK is a good option for you. This article highlights 9 Criteria For A Good Lasik Candidate. It's helpful to do some research and make a list of questions ahead of time to be sure you get enough information to make an informed decision. A few things to ask include…
- Describe the exact procedure you'd recommend for me?
- What risk factors are involved?
- How many times have you performed this specific procedure?
- What should I expect from post-op care and recovery?
- When have you recommended patients not get LASIK?
- Based on my vision, what benefits should we expect?
That last one leads me to the next item…
3. Be clear about your expectations
One of the most satisfying things about LASIK is the fairly immediate results it brings to your vision. However, your eyes will continue to age throughout your life. Talk with your provider about your specific type of correction and the likelihood of needing to wear glasses or retreatment down the road. Part of making an informed decision is having the right level of expectation for immediate and long-term results.
3.5 BONUS Tip!
If you're a freshbenies member with Vision Savings, you can save 40 to 50% off the national average cost of LASIK. Click here to learn more about this benefit with a freshbenies membership.
How are my eyes eight years later? I wish I could say bye-bye to glasses for good. I continued to have annual eye exams with 20/20 vision for years. But, age caught up to me! When I was young, I couldn't see far away. Now, age has made it difficult to see up close. Today, I get to wear reading glasses. Would I do it all over again? Absolutely!
Now it's your turn! Do you have a LASIK story? Comment below or email me at tammy@ freshbenies.com.