LASIK Eye Surgery: Visual Function, Cosmetics, and Convenience

A patient sent me a note saying that his wife wanted him to be able to see through walls. Another said their spouse wanted to be able to see their pretty eyes. Whether these suggestions truly came from the spouses, they illustrate 2 of the major reasons for having LASIK eye surgery.

Those reasons are 1) visual function and 2) cosmetic appearance. Another third category of reasons to have LASIK surgery falls under convenience, for example getting rid of the hassle of cleaning and disinfecting contact lenses.

I always discuss visual function with my patients first. The freedom and ability to function visually without any type of optical prosthesis (glasses or contact lenses) is a great gift. I often wonder how people survived in the world before the invention of glasses.

I started wearing glasses myself in grade school and by the time I was in high school, I was legally blind without them. In a pre-industrial world, I would have been helplessly handicapped and extremely dependent on others for everything.

I remember playing sports as a kid and being thrown off by losing my glasses or a contact lens. Even just making it around the house in the middle of the night without glasses is functionally challenging. I remember how excited I was shortly after having LASIK eye surgery myself, that I was able to get up in the middle of the night to go quiet and comfort my crying baby girl.

That was an amazing feeling to know that if there were any kind of emergency at any time of day or night, that I was functionally prepared to deal with it visually.

Cosmetically, it is nice to have the option to be without glasses or to wear sunglasses for sheerly fashion reasons. It’s amazing to me how different people look without their glasses.

A good pair of glasses can be a fashion asset, but often people simply look better without glasses. The optical characteristics can significantly change the apparent size of the eyes making them seem very small in people with high prescriptions. The color of the eyes may appear different and not as vibrant as well.

Contact lenses can accomplish this cosmetic goal, but for many people they are too uncomfortable so the redness and irritation counter-balance the appearance. Many people will wear their glasses most of the time for work, etc, but when they have a social function where they want to look their best, they will wear contact lenses.

This is something that many people do over the years as their eyes become intolerant of contact lenses. Having LASIK eye surgery solves this problem entirely for those people that are good candidates.

The convenience of not having to wear glasses or contact lenses becomes very obvious once you’ve had LASIK eye surgery. You’ve become used to the inconveniences over the years, so it has become accepted that you have to deal with the contact cleaning and disinfection process, solutions, etc on a daily basis.

There are contact lenses that are designed to be worn for an extended period of time (several days or a week) but the risk for infection is known to increase for those who wear them in this way.

Getting up in the middle of the night always means searching about for your glasses because it doesn’t make sense to put contact lenses in for just a few minutes. Or you can simply fumble about blindly.

Traveling on an airplane means the inconvenience of dealing with the solutions etc through security or in packing. Just one more thing to worry about in your travel plans.

Although it won’t really let you see through walls, if improved visual function, appearance, and a hassle free lifestyle are your goals, then you should definitely consider LASIK eye surgery.

When you do your research, you’ll see why these goals are best met by the blade-free iLASIK procedure that we do at Suson Eye Specialists in Milwaukee, WI.


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