“I loooove your glasses.”, Really? Well, that makes one of us.
To you, glasses are probably just a tool that enables you to go about your daily duties without tripping over on the pavement, waving good morning to a tree, or craning your neck so far forward to see your computer screen that they slip right off your nose.
In fact, they’re not even that helpful. They hide your facial features, make your eyes look unnaturally small or large, and fog-up in the rain. They’re not glamorous, they’re just an inconvenience.
When it comes to contact lenses, these aren’t much better. They can cause dryness, computer vision syndrome, serious eye infections, grittiness, and irritation, not to mention the recurring void in your bank account.
Perhaps you’ve considered laser eye surgery but put it off. “I’ll wait until my eyes get really bad,” “there are more important things to spend my money on,” “maybe I’m just being silly.”
If you’ve had these thoughts, then I suggest you keep reading because studies find that above the more superficial benefits, are much more profound, truly life-changing transformations that shouldn’t be shrugged off.
The challenges associated with poor vision, glasses, and contact lenses have a much deeper-rooted impact that could alter your time here on planet earth.
According to numerous scientific studies, if you improve your vision…
1. You could be happier
Yup. Having good unaided vision leads to a better quality of life.
- People who don’t wear glasses are seen as more attractive and likeable than people who do. The likelihood of them finding a partner, making friends and connecting with people is also higher.
- Visual impairment harms the psychological and emotional health of older people. It increases five to nine-fold the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
- Reduced visual acuity, visual field loss, and occasional blurred vision are linked to reduced quality of life.
After laser eye surgery, patients typically feel more confident and attractive, and this improves their mental health.
2. You could be healthier
That’s right. If your eyes are healthy, chances are your body will be too.
- Glasses wearers find it difficult to exercise, play sports and engage in outdoor activities.
- 59% of accidents can be linked to poor sight – such as failure to use corrective lenses or glare-related reasons.
- The risk of car crash involvement increases by 9% with visual impairment. It is even higher for drivers whose visual function worsens as they get older.
- Wearing contact lenses increases the risk for several serious conditions, including eye infections and corneal ulcers.
After laser eye surgery, a patient’s health and safety are significantly improved. They also find it easier to engage in physical activities, enjoy travel more and aren’t affected as much by changing weather conditions.
(NOTE: Have you ever wondered whether laser eye surgery might be right for you? Take our quick online laser eye surgery suitability quiz. You’ll be able to get an idea of what your options look like for your age and prescription. And if you’re ready to get the definitive answer on your vision correction options, then go ahead and get yourself a free initial screening in the heart of London.)