The best and worst times to have Laser Eye Surgery
Like upgrading your house, there comes a time when you decide to upgrade your eyesight. But wait a minute, you still have a mortgage to pay off, the bathroom needs remodeling, and the dog has just soiled the rug; some times are just more suited than others to make the change.
Inanimate objects are difficult enough to manage, but complex living organisms like the body make things really challenging. Ageing, disease, hormones, and genes affect us all differently, and finding those ideal moments for change is a true skill in itself.
Part of this is because the body is happy chugging away in the background, autonomously regulating systems and repairing and growing while we go about our days none the wiser.
So while we may feel ready for something, our bodies can often have other ideas. When it comes to Laser Eye Surgery, this is very much the case. Instead of going to the clinic to be told to come back again next year, take a look at our round up of the best and worst times to have Laser Eye Surgery.
The bad times
Hormonal imbalances during pregnancy are more commonly associated with morning sickness and mood swings, but their affects on your eyesight are just as disruptive.
While pregnant, many experience a reduction in their visual acuteness, tipping themselves and their prescriptions off balance. This often comes in the form of myopia or nearsightedness, causing blurry vision over a distance, but can also be a shift to hyperopia or farsightedness.
That’s not all. As if carrying a person-to-be wasn’t enough, hormone imbalances are also known to cause dry eyes. That means, along with the subtle changes in your prescription, that Laser Eye Surgery is off the cards until your vision is once again stable.
When your eyes are still changing
While our bodies are growing in our teens and early twenties, our eyes continue to grow and change along with them. And much like with pregnancy, we like to see a stable prescription before performing Laser Eye Surgery.
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If you’re over 18 and your eyes have been stable for at least a year, you should have no problem with having the procedure. Bring your current glasses or contact lenses along to a consultation to confirm you’re ready for treatment.
If you have a dry eye condition
Due to our fast paced digital lifestyles, dry eye syndrome is becoming an increasingly common condition. Unfortunately for those with the condition, as Laser Eye Surgery procedures such as LASIK have a tendency to cause a little post-op dry eye, alternative methods of vision correction are often suggested.
Post-op dry eye occurs as the LASIK procedure disrupts the nerves on the outer surface of the eye, resulting in a decreased sensitivity and a period of reduced tear production. But don’t give up hope just yet, ReLEx SMILE—a new and revolutionary key-hole procedure—aims to make this a thing of the past.
The good times
When you’re at the end of your tether
Maybe you’re just getting over an infection caused by contact lenses, maybe you’ve lost your second pair of glasses in a month. Or maybe you’ve finally got around to booking that scuba diving holiday—whatever it is, there often comes a point when we realise our glasses and contact lenses have outlived their use.
Glasses and contacts have their purposes, but in reality they’re only a temporary form of vision correction. Maybe you’ve dismissed the idea of Laser Eye Surgery in the past, but at a time like this, it pays to take another look at Laser Eye Surgery and see if it is an option for you. Chances are you’ll find it’s a lot less costly and intimidating than you thought.
There is never a better time to have Laser Eye Surgery than now. The sooner you have the surgery, the more years you have to enjoy the unique benefits it brings.
There’s also the added bonus of being young and having eyes that tend to heal and stabilise a lot faster. That means side effects are less of a concern and the body is more effective at adapting to your new improved vision.
If you think you’re a good candidate for Laser Eye Surgery, the next step is to find the right clinic for you. Do your research, and book several consultations with different clinics to scope out everything from their credentials and experience, to their staff and policies. You’re only given one pair of eyes, so this really isn’t a time to skimp on homework and opt for the most convenient or cheapest option available.
If you’d like to book a consultation with us, or find out if now is a good time for you to have Laser Eye Surgery, leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.