The Winter season is in full swing with some wild weather already in 2018. While it is still too early to predict if the West will see another season of record snow levels, there is still reason for skiers and snowboarders to rejoice in the current conditions. So it is time for a winter gear check – and maybe hit a couple of post-holiday sales to stock up on a few more sweaters and socks – so you can take full advantage of the winter sport season. But, before you head out the door to ski, snowboard or ice skate, take a moment and evaluate a most crucial piece of equipment – your vision.
Sporting activities require fast reflexes, which are put into motion by what the eye sees and how the brain responds by engaging hundreds of muscles and organs in the body. In other words, your vision for Winter sports directly impacts your ability to get the maximum enjoyment out of them. Unfortunately for those who need them, eyeglasses and contact lenses can get in the way of outdoor winter fun. People who wear glasses or contact lenses while making the most out of the snow, cold and ice, have some fairly consistent complaints:
- Wearing prescription glasses under goggles while skiing or snowboarding isn’t very safe in a fall.
- While technically you should be able to see while wearing glasses under goggles – provided your glasses or goggles don’t fog up due to a poor fit – it isn’t especially comfortable.
- Prescription goggles are expensive, with a price tag starting at $200.
- Contact lenses, while safer on the slopes than glasses, are tough to manage in the dry, windy conditions often found at high altitude. Plus, contacts can be uncomfortable under the vacuum pressure of a pair of well-fitting goggles.
According to leading ophthalmologist, Steven Dell, M.D., “Keeping your eyes healthy and your vision clear are essential for the safety and enjoyment of all sports.”
Because of this, many winter sports and outdoor enthusiasts with vision correction needs have a great option in LASIK, a procedure with a high safety profile that consistently produces excellent visual outcomes – something that anyone who has to manage glasses or contacts to have vision for winter sports might find very appealing.
So if you are one of the millions whose love of winter sports is minimized by a reliance on corrective lenses, consider consulting a highly-qualified ophthalmologist – or refractive surgeon – to determine if vision correction with LASIK is a good option for you. A thorough evaluation of your eye health and vision is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure. Making sure your eyes are healthy and functioning at their highest level are key to ensuring you have the vision for Winter fun.