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LASIK, short for laser-assisted in situ keratomleusis, is one of the safest and most popular refractive surgeries performed in the USA. It’s often used to treat conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. In nearsightedness, light coming through the eye is focused in front of the retina; and in farsightedness light is focused behind the retina. LASIK re-shapes the eye so that the light coming through focuses properly on the retina. During LASIK surgery, micron amounts of corneal tissue are removed creating dramatic improvements in your vision.


The main benefit of LASIK surgery is decreased dependence on glasses and contact lenses. If you are young and nearsighted, LASIK should keep you out of glasses and contacts until your mid 40s. At that time you will need reading glasses, just like other 45+ year olds with good distance vision.


Eyeglasses can be inconvenient, depriving you of peripheral vision and making it hard to wear sunglasses—many of which don’t have prescription lenses. Contact lenses need daily cleaning and can usually only be worn for several hours each day before they start to dry out and irritate the eyes. Contact lenses are not without risk either. For example, did you know that people who sleep in contact lenses are 20 times more likely to develop an infection on their cornea? Even people who don’t sleep in their contacts can develop sight threatening corneal ulcers!


“LASIK gives you the potential to wake up and see clearly without reaching for a pair of glasses. LASIK also removes the safety concern and hassles of contact lenses.”
–Gregg Feinerman MD, FACS


After LASIK surgery, most people can resume their exercise routine and other physical activities within a few days. Swimmers can look forward to not worrying about breaking or misplacing their glasses, swimming with blurry vision, or losing their contact lenses in the water. Think of all the money you’ll save not having to constantly buy contact lens cleaner for daily cleaning or having to replace the lenses daily, weekly, or even monthly. You also won’t have to invest in a new pair of glasses and frames every couple of years! The stability and quality of vision that LASIK can give you more than pays for the procedure both in terms of the money and time you’ll save in the long run. To find out how much you would save on glasses and contacts, use our LASIK Savings Calculator.

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