UV protection and LASIK surgery: Why it’s essential for your eyes

LASIK laser eye surgery is a popular procedure for correcting vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. It involves using a laser to reshape the cornea, which can improve vision and reduce the need for glasses or contact lenses. While LASIK does not directly provide protection against UV rays, it can indirectly improve UV protection in several ways.

1. Greater flexibility in choosing UV-protective eyewear

After LASIK, you will have greater flexibility in choosing eyewear that provides UV protection. Without the need for prescription lenses, you can choose from a wider range of sunglasses, goggles, and other UV-protective eyewear. This can help ensure that your eyes are adequately protected from UV rays.

2. Reduced need for potentially harmful contact lenses

Another way LASIK can indirectly improve your UV protection is by reducing the need for contact lenses, which can potentially increase the risk of UV-related eye problems. Contact lenses can trap UV rays against the surface of your eye, potentially leading to issues like cataracts and macular degeneration. By eliminating the need for contact lenses, LASIK can reduce this risk and improve your overall eye health.

3. Reduced glare sensitivity

Furthermore, LASIK can also help reduce glare sensitivity, which can make it easier to see in bright sunlight. This can be especially helpful when driving or participating in outdoor activities, where bright sunlight can be a hazard. By reducing glare sensitivity, LASIK can indirectly improve UV protection by allowing you to see more clearly in bright sunlight, which can help you to avoid potential hazards.

Take necessary measures to protect your eyes from UV light

It’s important to note that while LASIK can indirectly improve UV protection, it’s still essential to wear proper UV-protective eyewear, especially during prolonged exposure to sunlight. This includes wearing sunglasses or other protective eyewear that block 99-100% of UV rays, as well as a wide-brimmed hat to provide additional protection to the face and eyes.

LASIK can indirectly improve your UV protection. However, it’s still crucial to wear proper UV-protective eyewear when exposed to sunlight to ensure adequate protection against harmful UV rays. To find out more about LASIK, book a free virtual assessment with us.

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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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