Why COVID-19 Has Caused a Surge in the Demand for LASIK

LASIK in Los Angeles

For many people who were once on the fence about getting LASIK, COVID-19 has solidified the decision to undergo treatment. Laser Eye Center has seen a surge in requests for LASIK since the pandemic hit.

Here’s why we think COVID-19 has convinced so many people to undergo laser eye surgery.

Fear of Touching Eyes to Insert Contact Lenses

To our patients, the prospect of life without glasses or contact lenses is more appealing than ever.

Not only are contact lenses an inconvenience, but the act of touching the eyes several times a day to insert or remove lenses is risky. Touching the eyes and face increases the possibility of transmitting germs and getting COVID-19.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology encourages contact lens wearers to consider switching to glasses in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak to minimize direct contact with the eyes. But glasses are a nuisance, too, especially on top of a now state-mandated face mask! LASIK is extremely enticing to patients who want the opportunity to reduce or eliminate dependence on all types of corrective eyewear.

Fear of Rubbing Eyes

For people who rely on contact lenses for clear vision, dry eyes may be a part of daily life. And dry eyes lead to eye rubbing, which is a hard habit to break. The fear of inadvertently rubbing dry eyes is driving lots of patients to find a permanent glasses and contacts-free solution to vision problems.

Fogged-Up Glasses When Wearing a Mask

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the use of cloth face masks when going out to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, wearing a face mask with glasses is not ideal — in fact, it can be a major inconvenience. Warm breath escaping the top of a face mask and hitting the cooler surface of the lenses causes chronically foggy glasses that interfere with vision.

Instead of struggling to see through fogged-up glasses or constantly wiping them down, many people are getting rid of them for good with LASIK.

Take the First Step Toward Freedom From Visual Aids

If you are thinking about improving your eyesight with LASIK, now is a good time to explore your options with our team. Modern LASIK has achieved incredible technological leaps in the last decade, now even outperforming contacts and glasses in one of three cases! We have always maintained a safe, sterile office environment, and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic have enhanced our safety protocols to comply with the guidelines for hygiene and sanitation per the CDC and World Health Organization.

To request a consultation with our team at Laser Eye Center, please call or email us today.