GYM after LASIK: Dream it. Then make it happen

Going to gym has many proven benefits. A good exercise routine can help you live longer and enjoy a better quality of life. It is not only your body that will benefit from being active but also your mind. The mood boosting effects of exercise coupled with knowing that we are benefitting our bodies physically makes it easy to go back day after day. For many their morning gym routine is the only part of their day that totally belongs to them. It is an important part of self-care that has found a place the schedule of many busy people. Especially for those of us who live in a big city and cannot always safely get outside to exercise. It provides an environment where healthy active lifestyles are being promoted. Being able to see well while performing these exercises is equally important. Treadmills with electronic screens and training metrics that can only be fully appreciated with crystal clear vision. To be able to see the instructor in the front of the class is a necessity if you want to successfully take part in any group activity ranging from yoga and Pilates to kick boxing and Zumba. This then leads to an investigation of what are the options available to those wishing to participate in gym activities while not having perfect vision. Fortunately, necessity is the mother of all invention and so through the years many options have become available to enable better vision no matter what your activity of choice. Spectacles have always been the safest option for vision correction and while going about day-to-day activities they often are a very practical solution. They do however provide a challenge when taking part in high intensity aerobic classes or something as dynamic as kick boxing. You may want to consider getting an elasticated strap for your existing glasses to keep them safely on your face when the activity becomes more vigorous. Another option you may want to consider is investing in a frame designed for sports that fits more snuggly to the face and has been designed to weigh less putting less pressure on your face. Contact lenses remove the need for additional technology to keep the visual aids in place. Sweat running into your eyes can cause contact lenses to become uncomfortable or become dislodged and so it is important to investigate ways of keeping our eyes clear. A sweat band or a head band worn just above the brow can provide protection from this. Keeping a spare pair of contacts in your gym bag may also provide some security and safeguard against the unforeseen circumstance of a contact lenses that falls out and cannot be found or reused. With the rise in popularity of triathlons it seems the swimming pool at the gym is no longer dominated by kiddies learning to swim and club swimmers training for the next national competition. The pool is now a very popular place to train and while it can be a very enjoyable way to get low impact cardiovascular exercise in, it does provide some visual challenges. Many people who need glasses will say they simply swim without them and cope in the water with less than perfect vision. There are however alternative in the form of prescription goggles or simply wearing contacts and normal goggles to keep water out of the eyes and protect the contact lenses. It is important to know that there are options available if you would like to swim with clear vision. This becomes especially important when the pool is full and you find yourself sharing lanes with other swimmers. Laser vision correction is an innovative solution that provides clear vision without the need for spectacles or contact lenses. It can allow you freedom at the gym to go from one exercise to the next without worrying about changing to a different visual aid. Getting up at 4.30am every single day is a massive commitment but when you can get up and immediately have clear vision it can make it just a little bit easier to get out of bed. To be able to attend classes and participate in group activities without fear that your vision may impede your progress is truly a life changing experience. You may still want to wear a sweat band though because even without contacts sweat in your eyes is unpleasant. We’ve all been there packing a gym bag in a hurry the night before because you’re exhausted and would just like to get into bed. Invariably in this scenario you are bound to forget something, whether it’s your sweat towel, socks or even your toiletry bag all these things comes with some frustration. What if you had one less thing to pack into that bag? What if you didn’t have to think about glasses and contact lenses? Laser vision correction can provide you the ability to forget about your contact lenses or even your glasses. When you already need to remember so much it can be such a relief to not have to stress about forgetting your visual aids. So whatever your exercise needs, whether you’re attending a yoga class, spinning it out on a Wattbike, trying to bulk up in the weight section or trying to shave seconds off your 400m freestyle time don’t let your vision be a factor. There are options available to you and for each challenge you may face there may be multiple options available to make your daily gym routine more enjoyable. Speak to an eye care specialist today and see how you can be helped to reach your full potential. Disclaimer: Glasses are safe because there is no medical procedure involved. If you are happy to wear glasses LASIK is not for you. LASIK is a lifestyle procedure providing unaided vision. According to research the cumulative risk of contacts may be more than LASIK. Three-Year Longitudinal Survey Comparing Visual Satisfaction with LASIK and Contact Lenses Conclusions: Compared with contact lens wear, current LASIK technology improved ease of night driving, did not significantly increase dry eye symptoms, and resulted in higher levels of satisfaction at 1, 2, and 3 years of follow-up. Compared with continued contact lens wear, LASIK significantly reduced the self-reported rates of eye infections, ulcers, and abrasions each year.   References
  1. Cardall, M., 2012. Irving Fatt Lecture: The effect of exercise on the cornea and contact lens wear. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 35, p.e43.
  2. McEnroe Ayers, D., 2010. Take a closer look at LASIK surgery. Nursing, 40(7), pp.48-51.
  3. Pesudovs, K., Garamendi, E. and Elliott, D., 2006. A Quality of Life Comparison of People Wearing Spectacles or Contact Lenses or Having Undergone Refractive Surgery. Journal of Refractive Surgery, 22(1), pp.19-27.
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