Wake up sharp — not blurry
The day starts with a hunt around the house. You could have sworn you left them on the bedside table. Are they in the bathroom? Nope. Kitchen? Nope. 20 minutes later you return to where you started scratching your head and spot them right there, where they’ve been all long, on the bedside table.
This kind of sums up how the rest of the day goes. After you finally found them, you pop them down and jump in the shower, rush through shaving, slap on some makeup, pick up your bags and then suddenly stop and think, hang on a minute, where did I leave those damn things now?!
After years of this, you start to give in and think maybe it’s time to give contact lenses ago. You don’t like the idea of a plastic object sitting on your eye all day, but you figure it can’t be any worse than wearing glasses, right?
But it doesn’t take long to realise you’ve just traded in one set of problems for another. And instead of taking part in some impromptu treasure hunt every morning, you need to go through a precise, medical-esk process before you can start your day.
At least with glasses (when you could find them), they could be taken on and off easily. Now when you wake up you need to be sharp and on your toes. One wrong move and that transparent lens could be lost forever. When you go to the loo in the middle of the night, you stumble into the darkness and hope for the best. After a while, you get used to the routine, but more out of hatred for glasses than love for contacts.
Apart from the occasional rogue lens and sometimes putting your glasses on when you already have them in, contact lenses offer you a welcome break from glasses. But that feeling of relief doesn’t last long, and soon you start to see why contact lenses are useful only as temporary visual aids.
Dust, wind, overnight stays, alcohol, irritation, infections, dryness, waking up blurry, crawling around on the floor — if you’ve worn contacts for any significant length of time you’ll know about all these things.
Most people make this journey from glasses to contact lens and back again before seriously considering Laser Eye Surgery. Having exhausted the cheap, convenient options and experienced their short and long-term drawbacks, they start to think, what have I really got to lose?
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The answer is nothing. In fact, not only will you reduce your risk of infection, improve your quality of vision, widen your job prospects and opportunities for sport, but you will even save money over the long-term.
The real loss is the time it takes most people to make this realisation.
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