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Laser Eye Surgery

When Should I Consider Laser Eye Surgery?

If you have problems with your vision – such as astigmatism, long-sightedness or short-sightedness – you might have thought about getting LASIK eye surgery. It’s an extremely attractive option with the potential to improve your vision dramatically.

To put it simply, laser surgery generally involves reshaping the surface of the eye to correct vision problems. Although a lot of people end up with 20/20 vision following the procedure, this is by no means guaranteed. And, laser surgery is expensive.

Because of this, we decided to put together this short guide to help you decide when to think about getting laser eye surgery. Consider surgery if:

You Can’t Wear Contact Lenses and Don’t Like Glasses

Although they are quite convenient and generally effective, some people are unable to wear contact lenses due to underlying medical conditions or eye problems. Because of this, they have to wear glasses – and as most of us know, not everyone likes this.

Fortunately, laser eye surgery presents a viable alternative to both contacts and glasses. If successful, you shouldn’t need to use any corrective eye wear.

You Want to Do Things that Can’t Be Done With Glasses or Contacts

There are plenty of different activities that can’t be done with glasses or contact lenses. A range of contact sports are simply too dangerous to use eye wear with, and this means that those with poor vision can be prevented from playing them.

Ultimately, laser eye surgery can open up a world of opportunities for you. If you love sport or need to be able to engage in risky work activities, it can certainly help.

You Find Contact Lenses too Inconvenient

Although they work extremely well, contact lenses are a pain in the neck. They require a lot of care and attention, and problems can arise if you’re not careful. If you’re sick of having to put contacts in every morning and take them out again every night, you could consider laser surgery.

You’re Sick of Having Poor Vision

Ultimately, the case might be that you’re just sick of not being able to see anything. Glasses and contact lenses can cost money, and if you’re someone who regularly loses or breaks things, this can be a problem in itself.

Although laser eye surgery is expensive, you might decide that the long-term cost is actually cheaper than constantly paying for new prescription eye wear. Speak to your local optometrist for more information on this front.


Laser eye surgery has become quite a common procedure in the modern world, especially among those who can afford it. A lot of people hate wearing glasses and contact lenses, while still others can’t wear them during particular work or leisure activities.

If you’re interested in finding out more about laser surgery and how it can help you, the best thing to do is speak with your local optometrist. They will be able to advise you on a range of things, including the cost, chance of success, and best options for your situation.