When I was in high school, I would go mountain biking with friends almost every day, tearing around the nearby woods and racing down old logging roads. I regularly borrowed my neighbor’s bike; it was a little creaky, several sizes too small for me, and had frighteningly slow brakes. I was glad to have something to ride at all, but what I really wanted was my own bike—nothing fancy, just a bike that was the right size, reliable, and mine.
For my birthday that year my dad gave me one of the best gifts possible—a bike of my own. It made riding more fun, I was proud to have it, and it kept me safer. Even better, I can still ride it years later. The best gifts last for years, creating a constant positive memory. A meaningful gift should be something that you might not buy for yourself, but that you would use all the time if you had it. Something that will improve your day-to-day life; a source of pride.
Are you trying to figure out the perfect gift for a loved one’s birthday, graduation, anniversary, or for the holiday season? If they suffer from poor vision, consider LASIK. It’ll last for years—for life, in fact. While some patients will need an enhancement after years or decades if their prescription needs change, the original correction will serve many patients for the rest of their lives. Most importantly, it will make your loved one’s life better and easier every single day.
Years after giving me the bike, my parents paid for my LASIK procedure when I graduated from college. Despite how awesome the bike was, LASIK displaced it at the top of my ‘best gifts ever’ list. I do still ride the bike, but not as much as I use my new eyes. My improved eyesight has improved my life on a daily basis. My vision is clearer than it could ever be with contacts or glasses, and without the hassle. I don’t worry anymore about how I’m going to see when I wake up, or how that’s going to affect what I can do. I just get up and go, able to see whatever the world throws at me. LASIK made me a normal person, for whom vision is no longer a daily stress.
The only difference between me and my friends with perfect vision is that they don’t have firsthand knowledge of how lucky they are. I do, and I am grateful for the gift every day.