The LASIK procedure is designed to improve your vision to 20/20, or at least close to it. So, if the procedure is effective, why would you still need to wear glasses?
While you may not require contacts or glasses to see clearly after your procedure, todays lenses aren’t just about vision correction! There are many more reasons to wear glasses, including protecting your eyes from further damage.
Rather than requiring a prescription strength lens, you may benefit greatly from a simple pair of reading glasses with a lower corrective strength. LASIK reading glasses rated for +0.75 to +1.00 are recommended in many cases.
The best glasses after LASIK offer a blue light blocking lens that helps to limit the damaging effects of blue light exposure, including the altering of melatonin production, which can lead to changes in sleep patterns and overall fatigue. Blue light exposure can also cause digital eye strain, a condition that far too many of us currently suffer from.
Patients are also encouraged to consistently wear high quality sunglasses to protect the eyes from UVA and UVB rays, which can cause eye damage, including macular degeneration. Choosing sunglasses with an anti-glare lens can also significantly reduce eye strain.
Additionally, for driving at night, polarized lenses with a yellow or orange tint are recommended to combat the blinding glare of headlights from oncoming vehicles. Particularly after surgery, eye care is extremely important.
Another reason you may need to wear glasses after LASIK surgery is that decreased vision is a natural part of the aging process. Presbyopia is a normal condition in which visual clarity decreases as a result of aging. Many people benefit from reading glasses beginning between the ages of 40 and 60, regardless of if they have elected to have LASIK surgery.