Blog post by: Eye Physicians of Long Beach

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Do you wear glasses or contact lenses to help you see? There are other options beyond visual aids to see the world around you.

If you’re a good candidate, many vision correction procedures can allow you to experience visual freedom without needing glasses or contact lenses. Keep reading to learn more about the various options available and why achieving clear vision will improve the New Year.

Types of Vision Correction Procedures

At Eye Physicians of Long Beach, we offer several vision correction procedures to our patients, including:


Wearing glasses or contact lenses can be cumbersome and limiting. There’s a reason why LASIK is the most popular elective medical procedure available.

The vision correction procedure is an excellent way to stop depending on visual aids. LASIK corrects farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism.

It permanently reshapes your cornea to correct refractive errors and allow you to see more clearly than ever before. Once you have LASIK, you can look forward to seeing the world around you without boundaries, frames, or lenses to stand in your way.

EVO Visian ICL

Not everyone is a good LASIK candidate. One vision correction procedure worth considering is the EVO Visian ICL.

The EVO Visian ICL is an additive lens that addresses nearsightedness and astigmatism. Unlike LASIK, the EVO Visian ICL does not remove any tissue from the cornea to correct your vision.

Instead, the EVO Visian ICL involves implanting an additive lens between the iris and your natural lens. The EVO ICL is the only vision correction procedure that’s reversible.

You can have it removed from your eye anytime, which is especially helpful for patients needing cataract surgery when they get older. With the EVO Visian ICL, you’ll experience clearer and sharper vision than you ever had with glasses or contact lenses.


PRK is a vision correction procedure that corrects farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. Although it shares some similarities with LASIK, it does not create a flap in the cornea.

Instead, during PRK, you’ll have the outer cornea layer removed. Removing the cornea’s outer layer allows your surgeon to reshape any underlying corneal tissue so light can focus properly on the retina, improving your vision.


LASEK is a vision correction procedure used to correct astigmatism, farsightedness, and nearsightedness. It combines the benefits of two highly effective vision correction procedures – LASIK and PRK.

LASEK involves lifting a thin layer of superficial cells from the epithelium before reshaping the cornea’s middle layer, called the stroma. After reshaping the stroma, the epithelium is replaced and left to heal. LASEK helps you attain freedom from visual aids and achieve the vision you’ve always wanted.

Benefits of Having Clear Vision Without Visual Aids

Some of the many advantages of vision correction include the following:

1.    Saves You Money

If your prescription changes, it means updating your glasses or contact lenses every time to see clearly. You can look forward to long-lasting results when you undergo a vision correction procedure.

Consider the ongoing expenses of contact lenses and glasses. Contact lens solution, new glasses, frames, and other accessories can add up over the years.

Compare that to the one-time cost of a vision correction procedure like LASIK. You’ll save far more money when you choose a vision correction procedure than if you continue to need visual aids.

2.     No More Glasses or Contacts

Although your prescription glasses and contacts can improve your vision, they come with inconveniences. Your glasses may keep sliding down your nose, making it harder to play your favorite sports.

Contact lenses demand a high level of hygiene and can easily fall out or cause irritation when you least expect it. The good news?

After a vision correction procedure, you can put the annoyances of contacts and foggy glasses behind you. After correcting your vision, you’ll be able to wake up and see.

There’s nothing like opening your eyes in the morning and seeing everything around you unassisted. You can live spontaneously without worrying about your visual aids standing in your way.

3.    High Chance of Achieving 20/20 Vision or Better

Most patients end up with 20/20 vision or better after correcting their vision. Your sight will be crisper, clearer, and far exceeding what you could accomplish with glasses or contact lenses.

Your vision is corrected beyond what your original prescription could achieve, allowing you the best possible sight. Patients often have improved depth perception and the ability to see contrast between different colors.

4.    Permanent Results

Most vision correction procedures are permanent, except the EVO Visian ICL. You can remove the EVO ICL and have your eyesight revert back to the way it was before the procedure.

Apart from the effect of certain illnesses, the natural aging process, and external trauma on your eyesight, your improved vision after your procedure should last a lifetime.

Unless you have the EVO Visian ICL removed, it can also be permanent.

That’s helpful, especially if you require cataract surgery in the future. When replacing your cloudy, natural lens, your surgeon can easily remove the EVO Visian ICL and insert an artificial intraocular lens in your eye to take its place.

5.    Better Contrast and Depth Perception

Contrast sensitivity is the ability to differentiate an object from the background behind it. Depth perception enables you to distinguish between things up close, in the middle, and far away.

Your depth perception also affects your perception of color, perspective, and texture. A vision correction procedure can improve your contrast sensitivity and depth perception.

These are essential for people that are more physically active or even performing simple, everyday activities. You’ll notice improved contrast and depth perception after correcting your vision if you’re out jogging, playing fetch with your dog, or driving.

Athletes especially benefit because a vision correction procedure can help you improve your reaction time. You’ll no longer underperform due to an inability to see. Maximize your potential on and off the field, whether out on the court, rink or in the pool.

6.    Sharp Vision for Watching the Ball Drop

As the New Year gets closer, it’s the time of year for holiday parties. Wouldn’t you love to have crisper, sharper eyesight to enjoy watching the ball drop on New Year’s Eve?

No matter where you enjoy it, you’ll have a picture-perfect view after correcting your vision.

See and Look Your Best with a Vision Correction Procedure

Want to dramatically improve your quality of life? It can be as easy as no longer needing to depend on glasses or contact lenses. We can help you achieve this at Eye Physicians of Long Beach.

Our trusted team of ophthalmologists has extensive experience and knowledge to ensure you undergo the perfect vision correction procedure. Want to see what you’ve been missing? Schedule your consultation today at Eye Physicians of Long Beach in Long Beach, CA!