Better Vision: The Best Gift to Give Yourself for the Holidays

The holiday festivities are always a welcome sight to see. Cheerful dancing lights and festive decorations line the streets and houses far and wide. However, it is sad that some people’s vision has become blurred and fuzzy. This prevents them from being able to enjoy the holiday scenery.

Losing your eyesight is no joke. If symptoms remain untreated, chances are, your eyesight will keep on deteriorating at an increasingly steady pace until not even the strongest eyeglasses will work for you anymore. This is why getting your vision checked is one of the best and most practical gifts you can give yourself for the holidays, especially if your vision has been unclear.

The Gift of Better Vision

If you are thinking about going to an ophthalmologist’s office to inquire about laser surgery, here are some preliminary things you may want to know about LASIK.

What is LASIK?

LASIK is an acronym that stands for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis surgery. That is a mouthful, but in a nutshell, it refers to the procedure that helps people who have astigmatism,
myopia, or hyperopia solve their vision problems. Most of the time, the cause for their vision problems is a cornea that is misshapen.

LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that corrects the misshapen cornea. It uses a small laser to alter the cornea’s shape to help the person be able to see more clearly. Many people who have vision problems tend to fall because of not being able to see properly. LASIK offers a permanent solution for these people. The effects of LASIK last for the entire life of the patient after the procedure.

What Happens During the Procedure?

People may be put off when they think about having surgery on their eyes. This surgery is done using a laser. That sounds like something straight out of science fiction, but LASIK is one of the most common surgical procedures done with an extremely high success rate.

The procedure itself does not take long at all. The doctor will only need around 10 to 15 minutes to operate on each cornea. The whole procedure for both eyes will take under an hour to complete. Patients will be sent home after the operation is completed, as it is classified as an outpatient surgery.

The recovery period following the surgery will take around three to six months for the eye to completely heal. However, people who have undergone LASIK surgery have reported that as early as the day after their procedure, they experienced an extreme positive change in their vision. It is like they went from seeing double to 20-20 vision literally overnight.

Will Health Insurance Cover It?

Unfortunately, most insurance providers classify LASIK as an elective surgery. This means that most insurance companies will not cover the costs for it. However, there are some instances when your medical insurance may cover LASIK. However, it is still best for you to verify this with your insurance provider.


LASIK surgery is one of the best gifts you can give yourself for the holidays. You will be given a lifetime of clear vision and an improved quality of life.

Valley Laser Eye Centre is a vision correction center in Abbotsford, BC with state-of-the-art technology, a comfortable setting, and amazing staff. We are highly trained and want to deliver a seamless vision clinic experience. We offer laser eye surgery, cataract surgery, and other eye procedures. Book an appointment with us today!

This blog post does not replace medical advice and should not be implemented prior to consulting a fully certified medical professional.



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