Reduced Dependence on Vision Correction Devices After LASIK: The Benefits of LASIK in DC Part 2

Vision is more than a sensory experience; it is an intricate interaction with the world around us, helping us navigate and understand our surroundings. At Brusco Vision, we understand the importance of vision and the barriers that glasses and contact lenses can impose. Our mission is to free our patients from these limitations, enabling them to experience the world in a new light. With the most advanced LASIK surgery technologies, our practice, the first of its kind in Washington DC and the DMV, is dedicated to making your vision our mission.

LASIK, an acronym for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, is a revolutionary eye surgery technique that corrects common vision problems such as myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), and astigmatism. During the laser vision correction procedure, an ophthalmologist uses a specialized excimer laser with accuracy and precision to reshape the cornea—the transparent front part of the eye—to improve how light is focused onto the retina, thereby enhancing vision. This is a quick, safe, and relatively painless FDA approved medical procedure that can significantly reduce or completely eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. LASIK has revolutionized vision correction, providing millions of individuals with the freedom to see the world more clearly. Call Brusco Vision today for more information and schedule your evaluation to find out if you are a candidate for LASIK refractive surgery.

Reduced Dependence on Glasses

The life-changing potential of LASIK laser surgery primarily lies in its ability to significantly reduce or eliminate the patient’s dependence on glasses. Many of us who wear glasses understand the limitations they can impose, from the constant worry of misplacing them to the inconvenience during physical activities or adverse weather. Glasses can sometimes hinder our lifestyle and even our self-perception. Undergoing LASIK laser eye surgery can transform this daily reality. By permanently correcting the refractive error that causes blurred vision, LASIK grants patients newfound freedom. Imagine experiencing clear vision from the moment you wake up, unencumbered by the necessity to reach for your glasses. Activities like swimming, running, or simply enjoying a rainy day become more straightforward and enjoyable. This newfound visual freedom is often described by patients as life-changing, significantly improving their quality of life.

Does LASIK give you better vision than glasses?

While glasses have been a trusted solution for vision correction for centuries, a LASIK laser treatment can provide an unmatched level of visual clarity. Glasses correct refractive errors by adjusting the path of light entering the eye. On the other hand, LASIK surgery physically reshapes the cornea, directly correcting the eye’s natural lens. This not only results in sharper vision, but also broadens the field of view that glasses may restrict. Moreover, LASIK eliminates issues related to glasses such as glare, smudges, or distortion, contributing to a superior visual experience.

Can LASIK lower your prescription?

Absolutely. All laser LASIK is designed to improve visual perception and reduce, and in many cases eliminate, the need for corrective lenses. By accurately reshaping the cornea, LASIK addresses the root cause of common refractive errors like myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. Post-LASIK, many patients find that they no longer require glasses for most, if not all, of their daily activities.

What percent of people need glasses after LASIK?

The number of patients requiring glasses after LASIK surgery is minimal. According to multiple peer-reviewed studies, over 90% of LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better, and nearly all (99%) achieve at least 20/40 vision, the legal requirement for driving in most states. Only a small fraction of patients might need reading glasses for specific tasks, like reading, working on the computer, or driving at night, especially those who were presbyopic preoperatively. There is still the possibility of developing age-related conditions, including presbyopia and cataracts, after LASIK. But for many people, the effects of LASIK can last for decades before they need any other age-related vision correction.

Reduced Dependence on Contact Lenses

The freedom from contact lenses that LASIK surgery offers can truly be a game-changer in a patient’s life. Contact lenses, despite providing clear vision, come with their own set of challenges. They require a diligent daily routine of cleaning and disinfecting, careful handling to avoid damage or loss, and ongoing expenses for replacements and solutions. Additionally, they can cause discomfort or eye irritation and limit certain activities, especially those involving water. By correcting refractive errors at their source, LASIK surgery eliminates the need for contact lenses, liberating patients from these daily inconveniences. Imagine a life with improved visual acuity where your vision is no longer tethered to a pair of lenses, where spontaneous travel, late-night movies, or a swim in the ocean doesn’t require additional planning or worry about your contacts. The freedom from contact lenses is one of the most life-altering benefits that LASIK patients cherish, opening up a world of simplicity and convenience they may not have experienced since before their vision problems began.

Does LASIK give you better vision than contacts?

While contact lenses can provide a wider field of vision compared to glasses, they still have limitations. They can cause dry eye syndrome, irritation, and in rare cases, serious infection. LASIK surgery, on the other hand, provides a more natural correction of refractive errors. Post-operative LASIK vision is often compared to the clarity that high-quality contact lenses provide, but without the discomfort or inconvenience associated with their use.

How does LASIK eye surgery reduce the need for contact lenses?

LASIK works by reshaping the corneal tissue, the eye’s natural lens, effectively reducing or eliminating the need for artificial corrective lenses. For many, this result means saying goodbye to the daily routine of inserting, removing, and cleaning contact lenses, not to mention the ongoing expense. Plus, unlike contact lenses, which can only temporarily correct vision, LASIK provides a long-term solution.

Can you wear contacts 20 years after LASIK?

While it is technically possible to wear contact lenses years after having LASIK surgery, the vast majority of patients won’t need to thanks to their corrected vision. Custom LASIK aims to give patients independence from corrective lenses. However, in some cases where a patient’s vision changes significantly over the years, contact lenses can be worn if needed. This is typically rare and can often be addressed with a LASIK enhancement procedure.

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Low Maintenance

One of the most compelling advantages of LASIK is its low-maintenance nature. Unlike glasses or contact lenses, which require daily care, regular replacements, and occasional doctor’s visits for updated prescriptions, LASIK is a one-time procedure. Once you’ve completed the short recovery period, there’s no need for ongoing maintenance.

Glasses can break or lose alignment, and they need constant cleaning. Contacts require meticulous hygiene, carrying solutions for cleaning and storing, and regular replacements. But with LASIK, there are no lenses to clean, no eyeglass prescription to update, and no emergency runs to replace lost or damaged glasses or contact lenses.

Brusco Vision: Pioneering Personalized Vision Correction with Wavefront Guided LASIK

Over the years, traditional LASIK has significantly improved the vision of countless patients. But at Brusco Vision, we’re committed to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, which has led us to embrace the remarkable advancements of Wavefront LASIK. This groundbreaking technology enhances vision correction by addressing the unique, subtle distortions—higher-order aberrations—in each patient’s vision that conventional LASIK couldn’t correct. By reducing these minor aberrations, we mitigate potential complications such as glare and halos as well as challenges with night vision.

Wavefront-guided and optimized LASIK enables our expert surgeons to develop a precise 3D topographical map of the patient’s eye, identifying all minor irregularities. This map directs the excimer laser during the personalized treatment, molding the cornea with micro-precision. By adopting this advanced approach that is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, Brusco Vision is dedicated to decreasing your reliance on glasses and contact lenses. After your LASIK procedure, the only type of glasses you might need are a pair of stylish, non-prescription sunglasses!

Long-term Vision Goals and Ensuring Patient Satisfaction: Our Mission at Brusco Vision

At Brusco Vision, we believe our responsibility extends far beyond performing a surgical procedure. We’re dedicated to addressing every aspect of your ocular health and lifestyle requirements to provide a truly comprehensive service. This commitment includes risk management and attentive post-operative care, all aimed at ensuring your satisfaction. During your comprehensive eye exam we will get detailed data from multiple tests that will provide your surgeon with the information needed to recommend the best vision correction procedure for your unique needs.

Achieving clear and vibrant vision—changing your life for the better—is within your grasp. Wavefront LASIK enhances vision and can be your bridge towards a superior quality of life. Imagine the liberation of abandoning your daily contact lens routine or witnessing the world around you with unprecedented clarity. Our world is a spectacle of breathtaking sights, and at Brusco Vision, we’re here to ensure you see them all with clarity. Your vision is our mission.

Embrace Visual Freedom: The Transformative Impact of LASIK Surgery at Brusco Vision

LASIK surgery represents a quantum leap in vision correction technology, delivering freedom from glasses and contact lenses for countless individuals. It’s an investment in your quality of life, offering improved vision, reduced dependence on a corrective lens, and a more hassle-free lifestyle. At Brusco Vision, we take pride in being a part of this life-changing journey for our patients.

Your vision is our mission. If you are seeking to experience life with more clarity and less reliance on corrective lenses, we invite you to learn more about our advanced LASIK surgery options. We will be happy to share with you the vision correction options that are best for your unique needs after a comprehensive eye examination. We believe in a future where you can experience the world naturally, with your own eyes, and we’re here to help you achieve it.

Our dedicated team is eager to answer your questions and guide you on your path to improved vision. For more information, schedule your LASIK consultation today and take the first step towards visual freedom with Brusco Vision.

Michael A. Brusco, MD, FACS, is the founder and medical director of Brusco Vision – the premier practice dedicated to changing lives through vision correction in Washington DC and the DMV. He is a board-certified and award-winning refractive surgery subspecialist who has successfully performed over 40,000 corneal-based vision correction procedures, such as high-definition all-laser LASIK and PRK. Dr. Brusco graduated with honors from Harvard College, was awarded the STAAR Top 100 International Surgeon honor multiple years, and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the Refractive Surgery Alliance. He is a founding member of the World College of Refractive Surgery & Visual Sciences, an organization on a global scale. Most recently, Dr. Brusco personally was performing close to 1% of all LASIK procedures in the US annually.

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