Question: My 22 year old daughter is nearsighted with astigmatism wants LASIK surgery as she says the weight of her glasses frames gives her a headache. She says she can only do this in the winter as you have to wear sunglasses for a long time if you do it in the summer. Is she correct? Could she have LASIK without wearing sunglasses for a long time?
Answer: On general the recovery from LASIK is actually quite quick. The vast majority of LASIK patients typically experience mild grittiness and minor irritation for up to a couple of days after their treatment and some experience mild to moderate light sensitivity-however it is not typical for patients to have to wear sunglasses for prolonged periods of time. That said, the wearing of sunglasses for protection from UV light is a healthy and important practice for patients whether they have LASIK or not. The notion of winter treatment being preferable because there is less UV light is really not relevant as one also should strongly consider sun protection in the winter months. Your best next step is to schedule a consultation with a top LASIK Surgeon in your area and first and foremost determine whether your daughter is indeed a good candidate for LASIK or any type of Laser Eye Surgery for the vision correction.
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