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Why LASIK is Great for People that Love to Read

Is reading one of your favorite hobbies? Whichever genre you like to read, from contemporary romance and mysteries to classic literature, you want to see the words on the page clearly. 

LASIK can be beneficial for all kinds of activities, but especially reading. If LASIK can make tasks as simple as reading menus and emails easier, imagine what it could do for your favorite hobby. 

Don’t let unclear vision get in between you and a good story. Keep reading to find out why LASIK is great for book lovers!

How Does LASIK Work?

LASIK is the most common type of permanent vision correction surgery. It can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. 

These are known as refractive errors. They are caused by an irregularly shaped cornea or an eye that is too short or too long.

During the LASIK procedure, an advanced excimer laser reshapes your cornea, correcting your refractive error. This allows your cornea to bend light correctly so that you can see clearly. 

The procedure usually only takes about ten minutes to perform and is safe and highly effective. 

The Benefits of LASIK for Avid Readers

For people who love to read, clear and sharp vision is crucial for a comfortable and enjoyable reading experience. When you’re struggling to see the words clearly, it’s hard to immerse yourself in the story. 

LASIK can help by significantly improving your visual acuity. Many patients are able to see well without the need for glasses or contacts after the procedure. 

If you ordinarily have to wear reading glasses, LASIK can make it so you don’t have to wear them as much or even at all. 

You might not realize it, but when your vision is even a little bit blurry, it can cause you to strain your eyes and feel fatigued. This is why many people with blurry vision experience headaches when they try to focus on a task that involves reading, especially for an extended period of time. 

Reading is meant to be a relaxing activity, and LASIK can make it comfortable again. Do you ever wish you could get more reading done?

LASIK can actually allow you to increase your reading speed and efficiency. Many LASIK patients find that it now takes them less time to finish reading a page or chapter because they are no longer having to slow down to try to focus on each word. 

How Safe and Effective Is LASIK? 

LASIK is very safe and effective. It is the most common form of vision correction surgery. 

Over the last few decades, more than ten million Americans have had LASIK. The laser Dr. Schnipper uses to complete this blade-free procedure is one of the most advanced medical instruments. 

With built-in tracking technology, the laser monitors the position of your eye to ensure it’s being applied in the exact right area. Thanks to this state-of-the-art technology, LASIK has a very high success rate.

In fact, it is one of the most successful surgeries in existence. Over ninety-six percent of LASIK patients are happy with their results. 

This is the highest satisfaction rate of any elective procedure. Of course, as with any procedure, there are some risks. 

However, complications are rare, and side effects tend to be mild and resolve relatively quickly. We will discuss these with you before the day of your procedure. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for LASIK? 

If you want to permanently correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, LASIK is an excellent option. It is not for everyone, though. 

To qualify for LASIK, you must be at least eighteen years old. This makes it more likely that your prescription has stabilized since your eyes stop growing around this point.

No matter your age, you should have a stable prescription for at least one year. Your prescription must also be within LASIK-correcting limits.

If you have an exceptionally strong prescription, whether you are nearsighted or farsighted, LASIK may not be suitable for you.

Some conditions can disqualify you from being a good candidate for LASIK. These include severe diabetic eye disease and advanced glaucoma. 

In order to qualify for LASIK, your corneas must also be of adequate thickness. The only way to know for sure whether or not you may be a candidate for LASIK is to visit Jacksonville Eye Center for a LASIK consultation.

How to Best Recover From LASIK 

The recovery period for LASIK is brief. While some blurriness directly following your procedure is normal, clarity will typically return to your vision within several hours. 

You’ll soon begin to notice a significant improvement compared to what your vision was like before. After your LASIK surgery, we’ll send you home with prescription eye drops. 

Be sure to take these as directed. They reduce inflammation, prevent infection, and keep your eyes hydrated. 

This promotes healing and makes the recovery period more comfortable for you. Plan to take it easy for the rest of the day following your LASIK surgery. You might enjoy listening to an audiobook. 

Do not touch or rub your eyes. Most patients can usually return to their normal schedule within a day or two. 

Some activities, like swimming, should be avoided for a few weeks until the eye heals. 

Ready to love reading even more, thanks to LASIK? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Jacksonville Eye Center in Jacksonville, FL, today!

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