Improve Your 6 Favorite Summer Activities with LASIK

by Lance Kugler, MD

Summertime is upon us! That means sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, staying active, and hanging out poolside with friends. Summer is fun and spontaneous. It is a time to get up and go at a moment’s notice– out with friends, swimming, and playing hard. However, this summer freedom can be hard to come by if you’re still wearing glasses and contacts lenses– these inconveniences can slow you down!This summer make a change. Choose to have LASIK and improve your enjoyment of your favorite activities!


Below are the top six most popular summer activities our patients report enjoying more after LASIK. They tell us all about the complete night and day difference between life with contacts and glasses and the barrier-free life they live after LASIK. There’s nothing holding them back to experience summer to the fullest! Learn more about the six summer activities below, and see which ones sound like you!

1. Swimming

We all know the three options available when going to the pool or to the beach if you haven’t had your vision corrected. The first is to go swimming with no glasses or contacts. Everything is a blur, and it’s hard to see or even find people! The second option is to try and take a dip while wearing your glasses– but then you have to worry about smudged, water spotted or foggy glasses, or even losing them in the water! The third option is to wear contacts. This is not a great option either because you have to deal with sticky lenses, lost lenses, and possibly even suffer an eye infection! To reduce risks of an eye infection, it’s important to make sure to replace the contacts you had in to swim with a new pair as soon as you are back on dry land.

With LASIK, you are free to see clearly in the water. You don’t have to deal with all the hassles glasses and contacts bring. No more squinting without glasses and no more of the elevated risks of eye infections that come when contact lenses trap the bacteria from the water on the surface of your eye. You also don’t have to worry about packing an extra pair of contact lenses!

2. Running and Biking

When running or biking, sweat seems to always drip into your eyes. This is never comfortable, especially if you wear glasses! When working out, sweat tends to fog up your glasses and make them slide down your nose. And if you’re wearing contacts, that sweat sticks to your lenses. Being an athlete is a challenge in itself. When you add the frustrations of working out with glasses and contacts, running and biking can become bothersome! The hassles of glasses and contacts and take away some of the enjoyment of these favorite activities.

LASIK can rid your running and biking routine of glasses and contacts and allow you to just concentrate on making it to your next mile marker! We hear all the time from runners and bikers who feel at their most free when they hit the trail, with no glasses or contacts. They realize they can keep running for miles without ever needing to boost their glasses back up their nose or worry about rubbing out a contact when they wipe sweat from their eyes!

3. CampingFriends camping

Is it possible to successfully wear and sanitize your contact lenses in the wilderness? Yes, but you have to pay very close attention to maintaining your lens hygiene by lugging along all your supplies from home to clean your lenses! In addition, contact lense wearing campers must pack a separate set of backup contact lenses and a backup pair of glasses! What a hassle! Wearing contacts while camping often results in losing one and not being able to see clearly, developing an eye infection, or in having allergens or campfire smoke trapped against your eye by your contact lenses– causing tearing, swelling, and more!

Not only does LASIK allow you to not stress about any of these, it grants you amazing vision so you can fully enjoy the scenery of the great outdoors all around you! No more packing extra lenses, solution and frames, no more forgetting important items, and no fear of eye infections from not properly caring for your contacts. A life without glasses and contacts is a life without barriers– and that makes for a camping trip worth remembering!

4. Travel

This summer, are you taking the trip of a lifetime? Are you ready to travel the world? Or, are you taking a nice jaunt across country to visit some family or friends? Wherever you go, if you’re traveling with contacts and glasses, you’re going to face some challenges. If you have glasses and contact lenses and don’t properly care for them while traveling, then you won’t be seeing much of anything!

The daily maintenance required with contact lenses becomes even more apparent when you travel. Many people resort to glasses while traveling instead of contacts because of the extra care contact lenses require. If you wear contacts and are traveling, you must always have a backup pair of contacts and glasses on you in case of an eye infection, dry eyes, a contact tearing, or losing a contact. Traveling with glasses can be a struggle as well. What if you lose or damage them while on your trip? You would have to know your prescription and buy a new pair or go the rest of the time not being able to see clearly at all!

Imagine never having to pack and manage extra contact lenses, solution, or a backup pair of glasses again! LASIK gives you the freedom to just get up and go at a moment’s notice. This freedom is a lifestyle enhancement that we hear about from our patients all the time. With LASIK, the world is your playground!

5. Sporting Events

What if we told you that you aren’t getting the best view of the action, and that you aren’t experiencing the game to the fullest? We can help you get a better view and the total game experience that you deserve, so you won’t miss even a minute dealing with the hassles of glasses and contacts. The first time you watch a college football game, or any game, after having LASIK is always so memorable! We often hear it’s like seeing the game in high definition. Whether you are right in the midst of the action or in the nosebleeds, you see detail on the field with more clarity than ever before!

6. Amusement Parks

Is there a way to tell if it’s safe to wear glasses on a rollercoaster? No one wants their glasses falling off midway through the ride or during a loopty loop! Choosing LASIK means never having to worry about your glasses falling off when you buckle in for a wild ride! You don’t have to hang on to them for dear life, or chance leaving them off and not being able to see your surroundings. Contact lenses are also not ideal for amusement parks because of the water rides and the usual water park that’s connected! Getting water in your contacts on the splash rides is uncomfortable and increases the risk of contracting an eye infection. You would have to bring a backup pair of contacts and a backup pair of glasses with you to be safe.

After choosing LASIK, you won’t have to worry about all the extra things to haul on your favorite rides. It’s just you, the wind, the water, and a whole lot of fun because you are worry free!

Is Freedom Calling?

Find out if you’re a candidate today by taking our simple, online self-test, or contact us at 402.558.2211. LASIK allows you not only to save money, but to enjoy all summertime’s fun activities  – without worrying about the hassles of glasses and contact lenses! Kugler Vision in one of the most trusted LASIK practices in Omaha and the surrounding region, and Lance Kugler, MD offers his patients state of the art technology to improve their vision. What are you waiting for? Get started on your life without barriers today to experience summer, and the rest of your life, to the fullest!

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Lance Kugler, MD, is a specialist in LASIK and vision correction surgery and CEO of Kugler Vision. A proud Omaha native, he is passionate about improving lives through clear vision. Dr. Kugler serves on several national boards, and his practice is recognized internationally as a center of excellence. Dr. Kugler is one of the original founders of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, an international organization comprised of over 350 of the world’s leading vision correction surgeons; he also served as its first president. In 2019, Dr. Kugler was selected as a TEDx speaker, and delivered a talk in Omaha about the worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness and refractive solutions. Dr. Kugler is an Associate Professor of Refractive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Truhlsen Eye Institute, has been published in many medical journals, and participates in numerous clinical studies to advance the field of vision correction surgery. Dr. Kugler and his wife are proud parents to five active kids. When he has a spare moment, he enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, and fine coffee.

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