The eyes play an important role in mobility, function, and enjoyment of life. For this reason, it is important to maintain good ocular health. The eye performs the sole task of capturing light. All different parts of the eye system then work together, connecting with neurons that transmit and translate messages directly into the brain as visual images.
Having good ocular health means that vision is at least 20/20 or better with or without correction, and the eyes are disease-free. There are simple corrective and preventive measures to maintain good vision and enjoy lifelong ocular health. Being actively involved in your eye health and working with your optometrist and ophthalmologist increases your chances for maintaining good eye health and eyesight.
Not wearing your prescribed eyeglasses or contacts will not cause disease of the eye, but it can cause discomfort by eyestrain, headaches, or possibly even injury brought on by the lack of safe vision. If wearing prescriptive lenses is uncomfortable, ask your doctor about alternatives, like exploring LASIK corrective surgery.
LASIK is an elective operation, reserved for patients who want to reduce or eliminate a dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses. Unlike obvious cosmetic procedures, such as a face lift or breast augmentation, LASIK is not cosmetic, since it improves the function of the eye. In its purest and most successful form, LASIK can be life changing. It can quickly transform a patient who searches for the soap if it drops in the shower, or searches to see in the mirror when getting a haircut, into someone who can drive a car unaided by glasses or contacts for the first time in his or her life.
Continuous improvements in laser technology and surgical techniques have made LASIK safer and more effective year after year, and there are now new and better treatment options for many of the non-permanent side effects.
Top 10 Reasons Patients Choose to Have Laser Vision Correction:
- Contact lens issues
- New parents
- Falling asleep