3 Ways LASIK Will Improve Allergy Season

Posted by: Missouri Eye Institute in Blog on October 28, 2021

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Is it possible that your refractive error or errors are making your life more difficult? Of course, they make it hard for you to see, and wearing glasses or contacts is a hassle.

But could your vision problem be negatively impacting your life in more ways than that? Keep reading to learn about three ways LASIK will improve allergy season.

What is LASIK?

Vision correction with LASIK improves your vision by eliminating nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It does not treat other vision problems but reduces or ends your reliance on glasses and contacts.

And, its results extend far beyond not needing glasses or contacts. LASIK increases your quality of life in ways that many people take for granted, especially during allergy season.

Contacts Make Allergies Worse

Your body produces tears constantly, and they are vital to the health of your eyes. Tears not only carry nutrients and hydrate your eyes, but they also lubricate them and form a protective barrier.

This barrier is your first line of defense against airborne allergens and irritants. Unfortunately, this process is more complicated for people who wear contacts.

Contact lenses frequently trap these airborne particles on the surface of your eyes. If they get stuck on your eye, they irritate you all day long.

Then, you need to take your lenses out to clean them. Hopefully, they don’t have allergens stuck to them when you put them back in your eyes.

Using Eye Drops Less

Contact lenses are an excellent alternative to wearing glasses. They are more convenient and give you more freedom to function without limitation.

But they also have their own set of problems. Even if your contacts are clean and irritant-free, they can still cause dry eyes.

Having chronic dry eyes can be annoying and uncomfortable. And, if your eyes are too dry for too long, damage to your eyes can occur.

A great way to manage symptoms of dry eyes is with over-the-counter eye drops. They flush allergens out and provide soothing lubrication to reduce itching and inflammation.

But contact lenses can make you overly reliant on eye drops. The convenience of contacts over glasses is a huge benefit, but the payoff is that your eyes are drier.

People who wear contacts use eye drops more often, especially in particular environments. For example, flying on airplanes causes severe dry eyes if you wear contacts.

If you forget your eye drops, you’re in for an uncomfortable flight. LASIK eliminates this discomfort and the constant need for eye drops because you don’t need contacts after getting it.

Hands Transfer Allergens

Adjusting your glasses all day long or removing and replacing contacts is annoying. It can also contribute to your allergies.

Allergens cling to your hands. Touching your face and eyes can transfer those allergens.

Washing your hands before putting them near your face helps. But, you may not always be in a place to do that.

This is especially true when you suffer from allergies all day long. It’s better to avoid getting irritants in your eyes by avoiding contact with your face in the first place.

Getting LASIK reduces the need to put your hands near your face. It helps you keep your eyes healthy, nourished, and free from irritants.

Are you ready to get rid of your glasses and contacts and the issues they cause? Schedule an appointment at Missouri Eye Institute in Springfield, MO. Come find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK!


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