Relying on glasses or contact lenses makes for a tricky life. Getting up in the middle of the night becomes an exercise of reaching out for walls and trying to remember where everything is so you don’t trip and fall on your face. My husband lovingly refers to me as his human mole, which is cute, but one day I would like to be able to not rely on my memory when navigating through my own home. I have done a lot of research into laser eye surgery and the following points are the clear winners in terms of the benefits of undergoing this procedure:

You Won’t Need Daily Corrective Measures

Waking up every morning and putting on glasses or contact lenses can get old quickly. Laser eye surgery is a mostly permanent solution – only 30% of patients needed retreatment and even then, it was after TEN whole years. If you are a prime candidate for laser eye surgery, like I am, then you can expect it to comfortably see you through those years and maybe even more. Everyone’s vision degrades over time as a part of the natural aging process, so don’t expect lifelong miracles.

The Surgery Is Relatively Painless

There are numbing drops used by the friendly folks who perform LASIK eye surgery in Utah, these drops ensure that you don’t feel much pain at all during the procedure. At most, you may feel a little bit of discomfort as your eyes have to stay open throughout, for obvious reasons. It would be mighty difficult to correct your vision with a laser if your eyes are closed; luckily these pros know how much we value our eyelids.

Your Glasses Won’t Fog Up

Pandemic life is hard for everyone but it is even harder on those of us who wear glasses and it isn’t going away anytime soon. One of the greatest perks of undergoing laser eye surgery is never having those “Gorillas in the Mist” moments ever again. That is something I can get on board with; there is just something so annoying about fogging up every few seconds that I just can’t get used to.

No Stitches Required

Unlike conventional surgeries, LASIK eye surgery is performed by an eye surgeon who creates a flap in the cornea of your eye (this is the dome-shaped surface of your eye that is responsible for a large part of your vision) and uses a laser to reshape it. Once your cornea has been reshaped then your eyesight will be corrected and you’ll likely have 20/20 vision.

Your Vision Is Corrected Immediately

This kind of surgery doesn’t require a long healing period; most often your vision will be drastically improved the day after your surgery. Some patients take a little longer to heal but that is due to medical conditions that affect their rate of healing, like diabetes. Although perfect vision is not guaranteed after the procedure, almost 100% of the patients who chose laser eye surgery ended up with 20/20 vision afterward.

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Editorial Staff, "5 Benefits of Laser Eye Surgery," in Medicalopedia, February 15, 2021, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/9572/5-benefits-of-laser-eye-surgery/].