The Gift of Self-Care: Happy Holidays with LASIK
This sponsored post is published in partnership with the American Refractive Surgery Council. All opinions are my own.
The countdown to Christmas is here and my normally busy life has gone into overdrive. In 24 hours, I’ve helped craft a Santa collage for my 2nd grader’s holiday art project, shopped for teacher presents, bought our family Christmas cards, begun planning our trek up to Michigan to see my husband’s family, recreated my abuela’s repostería recipe and finished decorating our tree – all while carrying around a 4-month-old. I’ve also probably pushed my glasses up a couple of thousand times.
Then once the sun has set and the kids are in bed, I start my second shift where I work on my business as a journalist, editor and blogger. So after a long day, I spend another several hours in front of a computer screen. By the time I go to bed, my eyes are tired and fuzzy, but I feel happy and fulfilled that I took care of my baby, my family, my home, my business and my clients.
However, something’s gone overlooked. The hard, cold truth is that “Call the ophthalmologist” has been on my to-do list since August. Over those months, I’ve prioritized just about everybody and everything else. How did something as important as my vision, which is so critical to everything I do as a person, mom and professional, make it to the bottom of the list?
It’s time to rethink my list just in time for Christmas. I’ve been a very good, very busy girl this year and I can confidently say I deserve a little something in my stocking. No, I don’t want more stuff. This year, I’m practicing a little self-care, and for me that means giving myself the gift of better sight. To do that, I’m finally going to cross that pending item off my to do list and inquire about LASIK and refractive surgery. Here’s just a few reasons why LASIK may be the best holiday gift to yourself, and how in a season that encourages thinking of others, it’s important to take care of yourself, too.
It’s safe, effective and long lasting. Recent research suggests that these procedures offer better results than ever before. What’s more, LASIK and other corrective surgeries aren’t just one-time presents, the results are long lasting, and people who have undergone the surgery report very high rates of satisfaction years after they had it done.
It’s mom-approved. Vision corrective surgery is a personal choice, but there’s a reason so many parents opt to undergo these procedures. Once done, it’s so much easier than fiddling with contacts or cleaning glasses all day. And, anything that can make a busy parent’s life easier is welcome.
It’s an investment in my and my family’s future. I find a lot of joy in caring for everyone one else, but making sure I’m cared for is important, too. I don’t want to miss one moment, one smile or one milestone – I want to see it all, clearly.
I’m still researching which procedure is right for me , but this year, I am determined to make myself a priority. With better sight, I’m envisioning happier, healthier holidays from here on out.