Laser eye correction can help most eye patients with refractive errors like shortsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. For some, however, having good vision without corrective lenses is crucial to the work they do every day. Take a look at some careers where the benefits of LASIK are astronomical.
For athletes, good vision is critical to high-level performance. Many sports do not lend themselves to corrective lenses. Glasses can easily fall off or be broken and contacts may fall out and are generally not reliable enough for the needs of a professional athlete. For synchronized swimmer Jo-Annie Fortin, her vision problems were truly unavoidable before LASIK. During practice, Fortin would wear contacts under her goggles. Competitions required her to forgo the goggles: “I prayed that my contacts would stay put…Often a contact lens would fall out, so then I was forced to finish the performance with one eye blurry.” LASIK allows her to compete with clear vision and no distractions. Fortin gushes that LASIK is “a life-changing procedure that I’ll recommend to everyone.”
Actor or Actress
The benefits of LASIK are particularly enjoyable for actors, actresses, and others in show business. Wearing glasses is limiting because not all characters are called upon to play a role that requires wearing glasses. The hassle of contacts is exacerbated by the irregular hours and frequent travel of the acting life. For actor Arnold Pinnock, a major professional issue was “having to worry abut my contacts drying out while working on a set. “Pinnock calls getting LASIK” one of the best decisions I have ever made” for both personal and professional reasons.
Like athletes, surgeons must perform under pressure, every time. For LASIK MD surgeon Keon Nia, glasses were not an option because “you spend a lot of time looking through a microscope, which is more difficult with glasses.” While LASIK procedures take mere minutes, more involved procedures like heart surgery can require hours of concentration. Many surgeons find that contact lenses dry out or become irritating in that time.
For soldiers and others who may be in combat zones, all the same concerns exist as for other LASIK patients. Poor vision is unacceptable. Glasses carry the risk of being broken or falling off; contacts are poorly suited for travel, long hours of sustained use, or situations where their performance and comfort is critical. The stakes, however, are far higher for military personnel than for those in most other careers that depend on eyesight.
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