6 Reasons to Get LASIK Over the Winter Holidays
Are you one of the many people considering LASIK eye surgery to correct your vision and part ways with your glasses for good?
If so, then you should definitely be informed about the best time of year to schedule your LASIK procedure: the wintertime.
This article will explore seven of the top reasons why our laser eye institute experts believe undergoing LASIK in the winter is wiser than doing so during any other time of the year.
These reasons are as follows:
1. Allergies are less severe during the winter
So many of us are unfortunately plagued with seasonal allergies, namely during the spring and summer months. For the people that know, the constant eye watering, itchiness, irritation and even dryness that results from seasonal allergies can be extremely uncomfortable and frustrating to deal with.
With that being said, seasonal allergies are the last thing you should be dealing with on top of your LASIK eye surgery recovery, especially when you’ll need to avoid rubbing your eyes for at least two weeks following your procedure.
With a LASIK procedure scheduled during the winter, you’ll be able to steer clear of the exacerbated discomfort and risk of an allergy-ridden recovery.
2. You can recover at home over the winter holidays
While LASIK eye surgery warrants a relatively quick and easy recovery for most patients, reserving extra days for healing (2-3 days to simply stay at home and rest) can make for a more pleasant experience.
If you arrange to undergo your LASIK procedure during the winter holidays, then you’ll have the advantage of using holiday time to adequately recover without having to book extra time off from work.
These recovery days should ideally consist of lots of rest and relaxation, and no activities that could potentially put a strain on the eyes such as reading, watching television, or using the computer/laptop.
3. You won’t be by the water
In the month after your LASIK procedure, you’ll need to steer clear of any large bodies of water to ensure that your vulnerable and recovering eyes stay protected, and on track to a smooth recovery. Avoid swimming or using a hot tub, whirlpool or sauna for at least four weeks following your LASIK eye surgery.
Conveniently, Canadian winters aren’t exactly replete with leisurely visits to the beach, lake or pool, rendering the colder months a perfect time to undergo and heal from LASIK. Summertime paints a much different picture, where social pressures to join in on making a splash (and the temptation to do so) are higher.
It’s advised to take baths instead of showers during your LASIK recovery, as a shower will increase your risk of getting water in the eyes. Wait until at least 24 hours after your procedure if you absolutely must take a shower.
If your eyes do accidentally come into contact with water at any point during your healing, promptly rinse them with artificial tears to relieve irritation.
4. You can avoid the annoyance of wintertime spectacles
Anyone who wears glasses is familiar with the issue of foggy lenses resulting in impaired vision in the winter. Additionally, glasses are notorious for getting in the way and causing a nuisance when any protective headgear is also to be worn, such as during common winter sports or activities.
Fortunately, scheduling your LASIK procedure for when the winter hits will grant you the blessing of a spectacle-free face immediately after your surgery and in the years beyond.
5. You likely won’t be as active, anyway
Most of us (who aren’t immune to the cold weather) tend to spend a lot more time indoors during the wintertime, compared to during the spring, summer and fall months.
With this in mind, it makes a lot more sense to schedule a LASIK eye surgery procedure during the winter season, as curling up under a cozy blanket with a cup of hot cocoa goes hand in hand with how you’ll ideally be spending your recovery.
Moreover, while it might be less likely for you to be active during the winter, it’s critical that you remember to avoid participating in any contact sports without eye protection for a minimum of four weeks following your LASIK procedure. The risks just aren’t worth it.
6. You’ll get to ring in the New Year with new and improved vision
There isn’t a more ideal time of year to start implementing exciting new changes than there is on January 1st. What better way to start the year 2023 than to do it with clearer vision and without glasses?
If you schedule your LASIK eye surgery to take place during the winter before next year swiftly rolls around, you can truly embrace the New Year as a New You with a brighter (and clearer) future ahead.
Contact Clearview Vision Institute Today
Thinking about scheduling your LASIK eye surgery in Toronto this winter? As discussed, the winter holiday is a great time to go in for laser eye surgery.
The holiday season is a time of celebration and gift-giving, and what’s a better gift for yourself than improved vision? If you’re interested in learning more about the process, reach out to Clearview Vision today.
Our team of experts would be pleased to walk you through the process and help you to make an informed decision. Winter is a wonderful time to book your LASIK appointment; the next best time is whenever you’re ready!