Eye Exams After LASIK Are Still Important

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A little more than three years ago, I decided I was ready for LASIK surgery. I’d been wearing glasses and contacts since my sophomore year of high school, and decided I was ready for a change. My VSP network eye doctor performed LASIK on both eyes, and I was so happy with the results. I kept telling all my friends and family, “I wish I had done this twenty years ago!” LASIK was my new BFF.

After my procedure, I got a bit lazy and stopped going in for regular eye exams. Side note: when you work for a vision care company, this really isn’t something you’re supposed to admit. I was seeing well enough to drive, watch TV, and do work on my computer screen so I didn’t see the need to see my eye doctor.

Eye Exams After LASIK

A year passed, then two, then three, without getting an eye exam. As I found out, this is a terrible strategy. Eye exams cover a lot more than just your vision. Eye doctors also check for signs of diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and the overall health of your eyes. I decided it was time to step up to the plate and get back on track with my eye exams. I made an appointment at a Premier Program location with a VSP network eye doctor just around the corner from where I live and had my first eye exam since 2015. I decided to go to a Premier Program location because I knew they had extra savings and exclusive offers to help save me money.

And guess what? I’m really glad I scheduled the appointment. As it turns out, I still need a bit of vision correction even after LASIK, so I was able to choose a cool new pair of glasses. I was really impressed with the wide selection of designer frames the practice had to offer. My eye doctor recommended adding lenses that filter blue light since I sit at a computer most of the day. She also talked with me about my dry eye symptoms (which apparently are common post-LASIK) and offered me a few eye drop solutions to check out.

Eye Exams After LASIK

Lesson learned. Eye exams are important, every year, no matter where you are in life or how good you think your vision is. I won’t be skipping any future annual eye exams, and I’d encourage others to stay on course with their own eye health.

You can learn more about scheduling your annual eye exam at a Premier Program location like I did and how they can help you at every stage of life in the video below.

This is a guest blog post by VSP employee, Susan M.

3 Comments

  • Bob Phillips says:

    I am wondering why you did not go back and have a LASIK tune-up or would that be cost prohibitive? I had LASKIK in 2001 and had zero eyesight problems (that I was aware of) until 2013, when I got cancer (Multiple Myeloma).

    As soon as I started on chemo, I almost immediately noticed I had vision issues (mostly close-up on the computer. I only need to wear cheaters – Wal-Mart non-prescription reading glasses). I would consider going back and seeing about the cost of a LASIK tune-up, but since my cancer is incurable, I figure why spend the extra money, when having cancer is like throwing money into a bottomless pit, even with insurance.

    After 17 years, now, I am still thrilled with my LASIK, because my vision was 20/800 going in and after two weeks I was 20/20 in 1 eye and 20/15 in the other eye. I am now 20/25 in one eye and I think the other eye was 20/30 or very close to that. I will admit that I do not like my night vision, as I see spikes coming out of all lights (street, cars, porch lights, etc.).

    Just curious why after only 3 years of having LASIK, you would not entertain LASIK, again, instead of going back to wearing glasses?

    • Martin Gold says:

      I had lasik as well, back in 2000. Although less severe over the years, I too see the sunbursts from light at night. If it bothers me while driving, I wear a pair of non-corrected glasses with yellow lenses. It’s pretty common amongst motorcycle riders, so I donned my motorcycle glasses for driving and it works really well. You can find them on Amazon for $20-$30. I hope that helps.

  • Bob says:

    I know of the glasses you mentioned, but haven’t had any years, but will order a pair and check them out. I ride, also, but not as much since my cancer.

    Thanks!

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