Avoid Eye Allergies With LASIK | Westlake Eye Specialists

Avoid Eye Allergies With LASIK

LASIK is a fantastic option for reducing your need for contact lenses and glasses. Beyond the obvious reasons for wanting a surgery that drastically improves your eyesight, LASIK has many other benefits. 

Even though LASIK will not cure your allergies, it may allow you to handle allergy season better. Keep reading to learn more about how you can avoid allergies with LASIK!

Pollen and Contacts

Springtime allergies tend to begin with pollen. It is an airborne particulate that commonly causes eye irritation and has the tendency to get everywhere.

It sticks to your car, your clothes, enters the home through windows, and is generally a nuisance, particularly during high pollen count days. If the pollen enters your eye, it can trigger extreme itchiness, redness, watering, etc.

Even though the impulse will be to rub your eyes, it is essential that you avoid touching your eyes. The best solution to itchy eyes due to allergies is to use eye drops. 

Over the counter, artificial lubricating eye drops can hydrate and soothe the eye while flushing out the pollen. However, this becomes a chore when you are wearing contacts. 

Not only does pollen cling to the contacts, making your symptoms even worse, but you have to remove and clean your contacts every time this happens. Some days it could happen multiple times, turning a minor inconvenience into a significant problem. 

Worse yet, you could even reintroduce pollen into your eye when you put your contact back in. The pollen from your hand can easily be transferred to your contact and then reintroduced to your eye during this process.      

If you are already using contacts, chances are you don’t want to go back to wearing glasses. That is where LASIK comes in.

How LASIK Works

LASIK is an excellent option for permanent vision correction. It is versatile enough to be available to a wide range of people, safe enough to be FDA certified, and reliable enough to produce consistently outstanding results. 

LASIK corrects your vision by changing the shape of your cornea. Your LASIK surgeon accomplishes this by creating a flap in the top layer of your cornea using a laser.

Then, they reshape the corneal tissue underneath the flap using a second laser. The corneal flap is left attached and repositioned over the corrected layer.

LASIK takes about fifteen minutes per eye, and recovery time is relatively short. Although your LASIK surgeon may want you to avoid certain activities for an extended amount of tie, it will only take a few weeks to return to most of your everyday life. 

The best part of LASIK is the incredible benefits. Sharp vision ready when you need it, long-term financial savings from not having to purchase replacement contacts, and being better prepared for allergy season. 

Are you interested in learning if you are a candidate for the LASIK procedure? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Westlake Eye Specialists in Austin, TX, today!