It was just six months ago that I got LASIK eye surgery at Providence Eye & Laser – it’s one of those things that I think about every day because I am just so grateful I did it, but I also can’t imagine ever living without.
One of the biggest things I worried about before LASIK eye surgery was how long I’d have to wait before working out again. Like most moms (and dads) I know, working out is my sanity and without it, well, let’s just say it ain’t pretty. One of my very first questions to Dr. Mozayeni in my consultation was how long I’d have to wait until I could run again. His answer:
You can run the very next day.
Say what? The very next day?
But, yep, he was right. I was running the very next morning (looking just like the picture above hee hee). Of course, I followed his guidelines the first few times I headed out the door for a run:
– Wear sunglasses to avoid any debris jumping into the eyes.
– Start out with a clean face so germs don’t creep into the eyes with sweat.
Easy peezy. I only had to be careful for about a week (per his instructions), but it didn’t affect my workout at all, and, goodness, it is SO awesome to not worry about contacts or glasses when I’m working out. No stingy sweat mixing with contact solution, no stopping to get a piece of dirt out of a contact, no foggy, slipping glasses. I can see street signs in the distance while running; I can see the Torque Board in Flywheel, and I have Superman vision while teaching Pure Barre (I’m sure clients appreciate this ;-)). Those are just my everyday benefits – Dr. M’s team came up with their own list of why LASIK is awesome for everyday athletes. Check out their advice for runners, bikers & swimmers about having LASIK here.
I’m an early riser – I work out in the eeearrrrly morning – and do you know how nice it is that I’m not jamming a pair of contacts in my tired eyes? Literally, get up and G-O go. Amazing. And, on the flip side, since I wake up so early, you know I’m exhausted come 9:00 pm. I never have to tear a contact out of a dry, tired eye. Love. (Actually, my whole night time routine seems to be cut in half since LASIK – I know it doesn’t seem possible, but I had no idea how mildly annoying it was to keep up with the nightly contact regimen.)
So, listen up runners-who-are-considering-LASIK: it might just be the perfect time for surgery – yes, I know the fall marathon-training season is in full swing. There are tons of QC races in the coming months. Our personal faves: the Rock ‘n Read 5k, the Isabella Santos Foundation 5k or 10k, and the Thunder Road Half Marathon and Marathon. If you’re signed up for any of these or any other upcoming fall race you should call Dr. Mozayeni and schedule your complimentary LASIK consultation. Depending on how soon your race is (and how quick you call) you may not have to wait to do LASIK until after the race, and I promise it won’t inhibit any training run or race. Imagine your next race without stingy burning eyes or foggy glasses. (This means you too, triathletes!! I used to be one of you, but that lake swim just put me over the edge!!)
Do it now and enjoy better vision along every single mile. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Mozayeni! You’ll love him. Make sure to tell him you’re a Smarty!
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