LASIK solves these vision problems by correcting the corneal irregularities that cause them.

  • Astigmatism: Astigmatism is the inability to focus clearly at any distance because the cornea is shaped more like a football than a basketball. LASIK corrects this oval shape, making the cornea more round.
  • Nearsightedness: Nearsighted people see close objects clearly – but not distant objects. In Nearsightedness the curve of the cornea is too steep, and images are focused in front of the retina.
  • Farsightedness: Farsighted people see distant objects clearly, but all other objects are blurred. In Farsightedness the shape of the cornea is too flat, and light rays are focused behind the retina.
  • Presbyopia: Sometime between age 40 and 50, most of us will begin to need reading glasses whether we have had LASIK or not. This condition is called Presbyopia: the loss of close-up vision due to birthdays. A special LASIK technique known as LASIK monovision has successfully given thousands of patients the ability to see both close up and far away.

Quality of vision and quality of life style are two big reasons to have LASIK.

Glasses and contacts have definitely served us well as vision aids, but at their very best they simply disguise the symptoms of poor vision – they don’t correct eyesight issues at the source – and they clutter up our appearance and complicate our lives.

  • LASIK  vs. Glasses

Glasses have been helping us see better since they were invented in the Middle Ages.

We’ve been scratching them, losing them, breaking them and fogging them up for the past 700 years.

Unfortunately, no matter what name is on the frames they are still the same technology Ben Franklin used and they are just as much of an irritation and inconvenience.

LASIK gets you free of all the hassles of glasses by making them unnecessary.

Can You Throw Away Your Glasses After LASIK? The ones you’re wearing today can definitely go into the museum. By the time you reach your 60s you may need reading glasses due to the effects of birthdays, when your eyes’ natural lenses become less flexible. This is a whole different vision situation called presbyopia – and LASIK can solve this too, to a satisfying degree.

  • LASIK vs. Contact Lenses

Losing, misplacing, forgetting, slipping, sore eyes, red eyes, itchy eyes, glued to your eyeballs … After LASIK you can take all of these words, phrases, and hassles out of your dictionary – and your life.

We’ve assembled this list of the most common gripes and delights in the LASIK Vs. Contacts stakes.

  • The alarm clock factor – It’s amazing how the little things can end up being so important. This is one of the most frequent delights: “I can wake up and actually SEE the alarm clock in the morning!”. How much better would that be as a way to start – and continue – your day?
  • The risks of long-term contacts use – Unfortunately this is becoming a more frequent gripe. In the past six years the FDA has posted an increasing number of advisories concerning risks associated with contact lenses, and some researchers have reported the risk factor with contacts as 5X greater than with LASIK.* This doesn’t mean contacts are dangerous, it just means if you take a balanced view of both sides you’ll probably choose LASIK!
  • Freedom to play Water Sports – Now this one is all delight. Glasses of course are impossible to wear in most active sports, but contacts can be hazardous or restrictive, especially with water sports. Splash, swim, frolic, canoe, dive and ski with complete freedom – after LASIK.
  • Appearance – Some folks are too shy to list this under their delights and contacts do help a lot with appearance – if you’re willing to put up with the inconvenience. With LASIK you can feel as good as you look.
  • General Safety – “Nobody move!” are usually the words we cry just before we go on a lost contact hunt. The real gripe here is that for those minutes while we scrabble around we’re virtually blind. That’s not an issue so much sitting in a coffee shop – but behind the wheel of the car?
  • Footloose – maybe this delight only matters if you travel a lot. LASIK means you only have to pack what you want to take along – not what you have to take – like spare lenses, cleaning solutions, irrigating solutions, sterilizing solutions, etc. You can add here the freedom to work or party until late, grab a few zeds, and be up and at ‘em without worrying about the glued-to-the-eyeball factor.
  • Seeing naturally – this delight sometimes takes a while to be appreciated although it’s really the major benefit of LASIK. One day you realize you don’t have any glass or plastic between you and the rest of the world and that your eyesight is functioning exactly as nature intended.
  • Better vision than with contacts – Many LASIK patients have reported improved vision than with their contacts and glasses. There’s a reason for this: the best possible corrected vision is obtained from hard contacts but hard contacts are very uncomfortable, expensive, and prone to slipping. Soft contact lenses, due to their design and composition cannot be engineered to provide the quality of vision achieved with Custom Lasik, and cannot fully correct astigmatism, so it’s no surprise that LASIK outcomes often exceed the results of contacts.

* Source: Mathers, W.D. Archives of Ophthalmology, October 2006; vol 124: pp 1510-1511. William Mathers, MD, professor of ophthalmology, Oregon Health & Science University Casey Eye Institute, Portland, OR. “One shouldn’t just assume that contacts are safer,” Dr. Mathers reported. “This may have been true at one time, but for the average person this is certainly not the case anymore.”*