I swear I didn’t make this question up. I wanted to clear that up right at the beginning because I’d understand your suspicion. If I opened an article written by a guy who is an expert on — oh, I don’t know — let’s say Tesla vehicles, and then that article title said, “Why should you NOT wait to buy a Tesla?” Well, I’d assume that guy is answering his own leading question. That’s not the case here, though. I just answer the questions in the order they’re sent to me. I will say, judging by the question it seems possible that a LASIK marketing person sent this one to me.
Back to the question at hand, now that I’ve spent a whole paragraph pleading innocence about it. What are the reasons you should get LASIK now instead of waiting? It’s actually hard to answer since I try to never answer this question in clinic. Usually, these articles are easy because I talk about this stuff every day, but I can’t remember the last time I talked to someone about why they should get LASIK now. It’s always that they can get LASIK now.
Reasons You Should Get LASIK Sooner than Later
The most common reason to get LASIK now rather than later is the same reason it is better to start exercising now instead of delaying. If there is a way to make your life easier or better, then it makes sense to do that sooner than later. Great vision without contacts and glasses is just flat-out more convenient. Every year you delay is another entire year you had annoyance in your life that wasn’t necessary.
LASIK Makes Your Life Better
Imagine a pill you take just once and then from that point on, you are completely refreshed and alert when you wake up in the morning. This imaginary pill is safe and long-term effective. If it could be afforded, there aren’t a lot of people who would say, “Amazing! I’ll take that pill in two years. Until then, I’ll be groggy for an hour most mornings.” I look at LASIK that way. So does the almost-LASIK-patient at their next day post-op check. “I wish I’d done this sooner,” is the most common phrase uttered in the post-op clinic.
The Procedure is Easier than You’d Think
One other reason not to wait is if fear is what’s holding you back. I don’t know how many LASIK patients I’ve watched go through the process, but it is in the tens of thousands. Out of all of them, every single patient who’s ever commented on the process says some variation of, “man, that was so much easier than I thought it’d be.” In the spirit of transparency, I want to be honest and say every patient ever, except one. There was one girl, one time who said she thought it’d be easier. She didn’t elaborate, though. Still, 99.99% is pretty good odds.
There are probably other reasons, but I hate sales as much as I really love refractive surgery. If you want to know why you can or can’t have LASIK, I’m your guy. If you want to know why you should do it now, and not delay another day, your best bet is to just ask a friend who’s had LASIK. Just make sure they had it somewhere good. Like somewhere that loves refractive surgery more than sales pitches.
Author: Joel Hunter, MD is an Ophthalmologist, Refractive Surgeon, and the Founder of Hunter Vision, a LASIK Orlando Clinic in Florida. A recognized and respected specialist in vision correction who has performed a countless number of refractive surgeries, Joel gives lectures across the country and trains fellow doctors in the newest LASIK surgery techniques.