Photography is all about eyesight - and it's also about removing obstacles between the photographer and what he sees," says Eric D. Donnenfeld, M.D., F.A.C.S. and ARSC member.
Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) August 03, 2012
For photographers, LASIK – laser vision correction surgery – can be a real eye-opener.
By eliminating the hassle of glasses or contacts, LASIK makes it easier and more comfortable to handle cameras, especially the small digital cameras that are increasingly popular among professionals as well as enthusiastic amateurs.
“Photography is all about eyesight – and it’s also about removing obstacles between the photographer and what he sees,” says Eric D. Donnenfeld, M.D., F.A.C.S. and member of the American Refractive Surgery Council. “LASIK can be a boon to photographers because it removes barriers and makes the act of taking pictures much easier.”
Many photographers need vision correction, and for decades, many have relied on eyeglasses or contacts. But contact lens wearers can be hampered by dust, sand, water or other harsh environmental conditions that photographers often encounter. Glare can be a problem for contact lens wearers as well.
Eyeglasses need to be managed, and can prevent a photographer from seeing the full image in the viewfinder. Only the most expensive professional cameras offer full “eye relief” – the ability to see the full viewfinder image while the eye is a few inches away from the viewfinder, as would be the case for a photographer wearing eyeglasses. Some cameras also offer viewfinders with adjustable diopters that photographers can set to match their vision correction.
But less expensive cameras – including compact and Micro Four-Thirds models increasingly favored by professionals as well as amateurs – often have small viewfinders that offer little eye relief. Many of these cameras offer electronic displays that can be hard to read in bright light – a disadvantage for contact lens wearers and a challenge for everyone who needs vision correction.
Finally, there’s the simple fact that photographers need to manage lots of equipment – cameras, lenses, batteries – and removing eyeglasses or contact lens apparatus from the mix can make their lives in the field much easier.
Dr. Donnenfeld advises that LASIK is surgery, and needs to be taken seriously. Not every person is a good candidate, and there can be risks and side effects. Choosing a good surgeon – an experienced one who is not necessarily the least expensive – is important. Resources available on the Internet, including the American Refractive Surgery Council’s website, can help photographers explore LASIK and learn what questions to ask when they consult with a surgeon.
“Photographers who turn out to be good candidates for LASIK and who undergo the procedure will need to go through an adjustment period,” says Dr. Donnenfeld. “In particular, night vision may be affected until the eye fully heals. But once healing is complete, the improvement in vision and the added convenience can make photography a much more pleasurable experience.”
The American Refractive Surgery Council (ARSC) is a cooperative working group made up of refractive surgery industry representatives and medical professionals. ARSC promotes the interests and general welfare of the refractive surgery industry in the United States. Its primary function is to educate the public about the safety, clinical outcomes and lifestyle benefits of refractive surgery, including LASIK and refractive intraocular lens implants, and supporting research into laser- and IOL-based refractive technologies.