Translucent frames, round frames, retro ’50s-style frames, and earth-toned colors are all being described as the new eyewear trends of 2013. But there is another movement that is quickly gaining momentum in fashion—going without glasses. With the amount of people choosing LASIK procedures growing rapidly each year, laser vision correction is now the most popular elective procedure in the world. According to a report from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, approximately 700,000 people get LASIK every year and are now enjoying a truly eyewear-free look.
Fashion has always been heavily influenced by celebrities, from hair styles and accessories to jeans and formal attire. Eyewear trends are no exception. Of the millions of people that have already undergone laser vision correction, many are professional athletes, musicians, and actors. Whether they chose to undergo the procedure for comfort, for their careers or to simply be free of glasses and contacts, these celebrities are all trendsetting. A-listers that have all chosen to go without eyewear via a LASIK procedure include Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jimmy Fallon, Tiger Woods, and Jessica Simpson.
Of course, LASIK is not just for celebrities and the top income earners. In fact, when you consider the cost of eye exams, frames, lenses, contacts, and solution over the course of even just a few years, LASIK ends up being far more affordable. It’s a one-off cost instead of an ongoing expense for the rest of your life.
Even if you still want to show off that new pair of retro-style shades for the summer, LASIK gives you the freedom to do so without worrying about prescription lenses or forgetting to bring your contact solution on that weekend trip to the beach. After LASIK, when you lose a pair of glasses, it’s not an emergency—it’s a fashion statement.