When I first considered laser vision correction in my 20s, I had some pressing questions. How long does LASIK last? Will I tell the difference right away? Will I ever need glasses again?
I began wearing glasses when I was 10 years old. I didn’t mind so much, but I hated that they slid down my nose when I was active, or fogged up when I entered an air-conditioned room. I began wearing contact lenses when I was a teen, but my allergies meant my eyes became raw and itchy after just a few hours of wearing my contacts. I switched back to glasses after that.
When I was 27, I had my first son. Waking up in the middle of the night is never easy for any new parent, but it was even harder for a bleary-eyed mom who can’t see past four feet. As my son grew, so did his interest in my glasses. By the time my son was a toddler, my glasses had been twisted off my face so many times that they were a tangled mess.
When I was 30, I had my second son. I already knew the challenges I would face because of my glasses, and I was determined to avoid them. I spoke to my doctor about my options and she suggested LASIK. One of my biggest questions was how long the effects last. I wanted to enjoy the benefits of LASIK as long as possible. Prior to my procedure, I asked my surgeon, “How long does LASIK last?”
My doctor told me that LASIK corrects refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism permanently. She noted that I would likely need reading glasses in my mid-40s due to presbyopia, a common condition that makes it more difficult to focus on near objects; but 10 to 15 years without glasses and not needing bifocals later was a major win to me.
Now at 41, I’ve nearly forgotten life before LASIK. For more than 10 years, I’ve enjoyed watching with clear, strong vision as my young sons grew. I love swimming and being active with my boys without having to worry about my glasses or contacts. Even if I may someday need reading glasses, I wouldn’t trade a day of my last 10 years without glasses or contacts.