The best and worst times to have Laser Eye Surgery
A bit like when you decide it’s time to move house and upgrade to a better one, for many people, there often also comes a time when they decide to ditch their glasses and upgrade to better vision.
But just like the house moving process, this isn’t a decision that comes at the snap of your fingers. First, you have to pay the mortgage off, remodel a few rooms, finish that extension, get enough time off work to do all the above, and not to mention find the perfect home and neighbourhood to move to.
In other words, some times are just more suited than others to make the change.
Inanimate objects and other people are difficult enough to manage. But trying to get complex and dynamic living organisms like the body to do what you want is even more challenging.
Ageing, disease, hormones, and genes affect us all differently, and finding those ideal moments for making a change to something like your eyesight is a skill in itself.
One reason for this is the body is somewhat happy chugging away in the background, autonomously regulating systems and repairing and growing while you go about your day none the wiser.
This can be while, on one level, you may feel ready for something, your body can have a completely different idea. And when it comes to Laser Eye Surgery, this scenario can sometimes be the case without even knowing it.
So, instead of getting all psyched up for your new vision and then going to the clinic to be told to come back again next year, we’re going to fill you in on some of the best and worst times to have Laser Eye Surgery.
The bad times: During pregnancy
Hormonal imbalances during pregnancy are more commonly associated with morning sickness and mood swings. But they also have a significant — albeit not so disruptive — effect on your vision.
During pregnancy, many women 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 it can also be a shift to hyperopia or farsightedness.
And as if carrying a person-to-be with poor vision wasn’t enough, hormone imbalances are also known to cause dry eyes. All in all, this means Laser Eye Surgery is off the cards for those who are pregnant until at least a few months after nursing, when vision is once again stable.
When your eyes are still changing
While our bodies are still growing in our teens and early twenties, our eyes continue to grow and change along with them. Much like with pregnancy, this means your prescription and quality of vision can all the while be fluctuating, courtesy of your beloved hormones.
One of the main prerequisites for Laser Eye Surgery is having a stable prescription. And so if you are of an age in which these changes are still happening, you will typically be unsuitable for treatment — at least temporarily.
Luckily, our hormones and body do balance out over time. And so if you’re over 18 and your vision has been stable for over a year, you should have no problem with having the procedure. Simply bring your current glasses or contact lens prescription 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, as Laser Eye Surgery has a tendency to cause a little post-op dry eye, this means people with the condition can often be deemed unsuitable for treatment.
Post-op dry eye occurs as the procedure disrupts the nerves on the outer surface of the eye, resulting in a decreased sensitivity and a period of reduced tear production. But this is only typically the case for LASIK and older procedures, and so all is not lost for dry eye sufferers.
ReLEx SMILE — a new and revolutionary key-hole procedure — aims to make post-op dry eye a thing of the past. The SMILE treatment is minimally-invasive, can be performed in a fraction of the time of LASIK, and has an equally swift recovery.
SMILE, therefore, makes Laser Eye Surgery a suitable option for many who thought they were unsuitable: including those with dry eyes, thinner corneas, and very high prescriptions.
The good times: When you’re at the end of your tether
Maybe you’re just getting over an infection caused by contact lenses. Or maybe you’ve lost your second pair of glasses in the space of a month. Or maybe you’ve finally got around to booking that scuba diving holiday — whatever it is, there often comes a point when glasses and contact lenses have outlived their use.
Of course, they have their place, but in reality, they’re only meant to be a temporary form of vision correction. You may have even thought about Laser Eye Surgery in the past, but quickly dismissed it due to cost or fear.
But when you’re at the end of your tether, and you begin to do some proper research on the treatment, chances are you’ll find it’s a lot less costly and intimidating than you once 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 has to offer.
Having it now also brings the added bonus of being young and with eyes that tend to heal and stabilise a lot faster. That means the potential mild side effects are less of a concern, and the body is more effective at adapting to your new improved vision.
It’s important to note here that even if you think you’re an ideal candidate for Laser Eye Surgery and that now is the perfect time, where you have it is not a decision you want to rush into.
The first thing you want to consider is finding the right clinic for you. We recommend taking your time to do some background research, booking several consultations with different clinics to scope out everything from their credentials and experience, to their staff and their policies.
You’re only given one pair of eyes, so researching Laser Eye Surgery isn’t really a time you want to skimp on homework and opt for the cheapest option available. But you also don’t want to waste all your lunchtimes and evenings trudging through fine print and deceptive marketing campaigns.
If you’d like to find out if now is a good time for you to have Laser Eye Surgery or book a consultation with us, leave us a comment or give us a call us on 020 7224 1005.