Unlike wearing glasses, there’s nothing obvious that gives away that you’ve had Laser Eye Surgery. Unless someone knows you beforehand, it can just appear like you’ve had perfect vision all along.
So what happens to these millions of people who simply blend into the background after having Laser Eye Surgery? Are they just going about their normal day-to-day lives? Does the novelty of clear vision wear off after a few months and nothing really change? Or are they living it up and embracing their new-found visual freedom?
Let’s dive into some of these questions by exploring three of the big areas people experience the most change after having Laser Eye Surgery.
Sports and Exercise
You always hear how elite athletes, whether it’s LeBron James or Tiger Woods, are having Laser Eye Surgery to improve their game. This is great to show the potential of the treatment, but it doesn’t do much for demonstrating how it can benefit the amateur or casual sports person.
For example, take swimming, Many of us like a good swim, particularly in the summer months. However, swimming can be much less enjoyable and at worst a risky endeavour if you’re a contacts or glasses wearer.
Not only does swimming with blurry vision put you at risk of banging your face on the side of the pool, trying to avoid that by using contact lenses could put you at risk of infection.
It’s for this reason Laser Eye Surgery is an obvious and popular choice for water lovers of all types.
Anyone who’s tried to run on the treadmill with glasses or contacts knows that physical activity and visual aids just don’t mix.
The fact is, if you have an active lifestyle — contacts and glasses are not the ideal solutions. Even when you’re not wearing them but carrying them in your bag, they pose the risk of being lost, damaged, or simply being annoying.
Laser Eye Surgery does away with all of the hassle of contacts and glasses. A hassle that many people have gotten so used to that they’ve forgotten how many activities they’ve been restricted from engaging in.
The result is that after having the treatment, people can find a new lease of life — doing things like skydiving or scuba diving and activities they never even imagined themselves doing.
Convenience and Time
Laser Eye Surgery often has the most impact in the little areas of your life you would never even consider, i.e. all the everyday moments that are such a part of your routine they’ve become second nature.
Take not being able to doze off at night or simply have a nap without first properly storing your contacts or glasses. That is, if you don’t want to wake up with a line across your face or with dry, irritated eyes. The benefit of Laser Eye Surgery here is obvious, but the accumulation of time and stress that it takes out of your life is not so obvious.
As opposed to going to sleep, there’s also, of course, waking up. For many, the hassle of having to insert contacts first thing in the morning is enough to opt for Laser Eye Surgery. Likewise, having to find your glasses every time you want to see or read anything.
Or how about having to make a last-minute visit to the chemist because you’ve just realised you’ve run out of contacts, or need to pay a visit to the opticians because one of your lenses has broken — again. Such regular and impromptu trips are part and parcel of wearing glasses or contacts. And yet, when you have Laser Eye Surgery, you own your vision. And so aside from the day of the treatment and your aftercare checkups, you typically never have to see your surgeon — or any other eye-related person — if you don’t want to, ever again.
The other major inconvenience of rented vision is how it’s affected by the weather, or even conditions of the room you’re in. For some contact wearers, even being in a room that’s overly dry or has the AC blasting is enough to strip every drop of moisture from their eyeballs.
Glasses wearers have an equally as annoying dilemma when faced with any weather that isn’t calm and not overly sunny. Don’t even mention doing things that involve a rapid temperature change like cooking or entering a warm house in the winter.
Although they have their uses, glasses and contacts are not built for modern life. Many people only realise this when they have Laser Eye Surgery — designed in and for the modern era — and all the little inconveniences and stresses become a thing of the past. All the routine things you do every day — sleeping, cooking, taking a shower — become once again simple and enjoyable.
Career and Professional Life
If you use your eyes for your job, which, let’s face it, pretty much everyone does, there’s a good chance Laser Eye Surgery is going to make a difference to your professional life.
Today, there are many people who rely on their vision for their work. Take, for instance, the millions of people working at a computer, doing tasks like writing, programming, and emailing, which are heavily visual and are difficult when you have to deal with problems like blurry vision, eye strain, and eye fatigue.
Without good vision, such jobs would be impossible or at the very least a struggle. And yet, many people are working at computers and screens without caring for their eyes properly, and in doing so, putting their vision at risk without even knowing it.
Eye strain, headaches, blurry vision, and dry eyes are all common complaints of prolonged screen use, otherwise known as digital eye strain. However, by having Laser Eye Surgery and improving your work habits, it’s possible to eliminate all of these issues. Hello to being able to watch TV at the end of the day or use your tablet without squinting or using eye drops every five minutes.
This brings us to our final group: those who choose to have Laser Eye Surgery in order to pursue a particular profession. This doesn’t necessarily mean those who’re going to become a fighter pilot. For instance, it could mean having Laser Eye Surgery to diversify your acting portfolio, or appear younger in interviews. Whatever it is, many people have Laser Eye Surgery because it makes them less limited by their biology and freer to live the life they choose.
This post originally appeared on London Vision Clinic.