How LASIK eye surgery is helping our planet

LASIK eye surgery has become increasingly popular over the past few decades as a safe and effective way to correct refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. However, LASIK surgery also has benefits that extend beyond just improving your vision.

In this blog post, we’ll explore how LASIK eye surgery is helping our planet.

Reducing the Use of Disposable Contacts and Glasses

One of the primary ways that LASIK surgery is helping our planet is by reducing the use of disposable contacts and glasses. Contact lenses and glasses require significant amounts of resources and energy to produce, and they often end up in landfills, contributing to environmental waste.

For instance, contact lenses are typically made from a combination of plastic and silicone, which are not biodegradable. Contact lenses that are disposed of improperly can end up in oceans and waterways, contributing to plastic pollution that harms marine life. Additionally, the use of plastic-packaged lens cleaning solution, which requires constant replacement, adds to the environmental burden. Similarly, glasses are often made from materials like plastic or metal that require significant amounts of energy to produce and can also contribute to waste when disposed of improperly.

By undergoing LASIK surgery, individuals can reduce their reliance on disposable contacts and glasses, resulting in less waste and environmental impact.

Reducing Carbon Footprint

LASIK surgery can also help reduce carbon footprint. Many people who rely on glasses or contacts may need to make frequent trips to the optometrist or optician to purchase new lenses or frames. These trips require the use of transportation, which can contribute to carbon emissions and air pollution.

By reducing the need for glasses or contacts, LASIK surgery can help reduce the number of trips that individuals need to make to the optometrist or optician. This results in a lower carbon footprint and less air pollution, contributing to a cleaner and healthier environment.

Improved Quality of Life

In addition to environmental benefits, LASIK surgery can also provide significant improvements in quality of life. People who undergo LASIK surgery often report feeling more confident and self-assured, which can lead to increased engagement in activities like exercise and outdoor recreation.

Engaging in activities like outdoor recreation and exercise can help promote a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. For example, individuals who are more physically active are less likely to rely on motorized transport, reducing their carbon footprint and contributing to a cleaner environment.

LASIK surgery is not only an effective way to correct refractive errors and improve vision, but it can also have a positive impact on our planet. If you have refractive errors and are concerned about your environmental impact, book a free virtual appointment today.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Dr. Erik A Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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