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Have a Great Summer by Getting LASIK Now!   

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Imagine seeing clearly without needing your eyeglasses or contact lenses. Now imagine you can do so while enjoying all of your favorite warm-weather activities this summer. 

If you’ve ever thought about what it might be like to be free from glasses or contacts, then this might be the ideal time to go for it. Keep reading how you can have a great summer by getting LASIK now!

What is LASIK?  

LASIK is a permanent vision correction procedure for those who are farsighted, nearsighted or have astigmatism. Improved vision is the result of the process of reshaping the surface of your cornea with a special laser. 

The cornea is the clear dome at the front of your eye, and it has an impact on how well you see. One of the ways your eye doctor determines whether or not you are a good candidate for LASIK is by measuring the thickness of your corneas. 

Your corneas need to be thick enough to sustain the creation of a corneal flap during the procedure. If your cornea is too thin, your LASIK surgeon will not be able to make a flap safely.

After the LASIK procedure, you’ll likely notice an immediate improvement in your vision without needing visual aids. LASIK recovery time is often fairly quick.

You’ll be able to resume most of your normal activities within a couple of days of having surgery. However, you may still experience sensitivity to light, have puffy eyelids, and excessive tears for the first few days to a week after the procedure. 

Your doctor will prescribe eye drops and give you a list of instructions to aid in your recovery. You’ll also need to be cautious to prevent anything from getting into your eyes for the first week. 

It will be especially important not to rub your eyes, protect them from soap and shampoo, and not wear eye makeup. It will take a couple of months for your eyes to heal completely.

Your vision will gradually improve during this time, and you will need to remain careful until they have fully healed. 

Why Get LASIK  

If you desire to reduce your dependence on contact lenses and glasses, LASIK might be a good option for you. Before you can schedule your LASIK procedure, you will need to visit your eye doctor for a LASIK consultation.

At this consultation, your eye doctor will take many measurements of your eyes and do a throughout examination. Your eye doctor will then determine if you are a LASIK candidate.

 If you are confirmed to be a good candidate, you can schedule your procedure right away. LASIK is an investment in your vision and your quality of life. 

You will also save money over time by not having to purchase new glasses, contact lenses, solutions, and lens cases. So what will you do this summer once you’re free from eyeglasses?

Maybe you can camp, swim, hike and explore some trails near you. Enjoy improved vision while gardening, fishing, catching up on your reading, attending a local lobster fest, or enjoying catching up with family. 

LASIK can give you the confidence to be adventurous this summer without worrying about glasses or contact lenses.

Are you interested in learning more about how LASIK can improve your summer? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Vision Care of Maine in Bangor, ME, today!

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LASIK is a popular vision correction procedure designed to give you your best vision. LASIK is not only the most effective way for most people to reach for great vision, but it is also one of the safest.

If you’re not so sure about the procedure, visit us at Vision Care of Maine for a LASIK consultation. You’ll not only learn more about the procedure but you’ll find out if LASIK is right for you.

If you have experienced some of the following scenarios, LASIK may be exactly what you need. Keep reading for 5 signs that you’re ready to have LASIK!

1. You Want to Be More Active

LASIK allows you to try new and exciting things. It’s a lot easier to be active when you don’t need to worry about glasses or contacts!

This is especially true for activities like swimming, running, or playing ultimate frisbee. Glasses can become uncomfortable when running.

They also could fall, slip, or bounce around on your face. This gets annoying very quickly!

Contacts can irritate your eyes if they become dried out. Losing them while you’re in the middle of activities can ruin everything.

Why deal with these scenarios? LASIK makes your life easier in almost the blink of an eye!

2. You Want to Feel Safer

Wearing glasses means that you go to sleep knowing you can’t see without them. What if something happens in the middle of the night?

Every moment makes a difference in the middle of an emergency. Do you want to waste precious seconds looking for your glasses or putting in contacts if your house is on fire?

In the middle of the chaos, you need to be able to see. LASIK will finally give you the peace of mind you’ve been looking for.

Plus, who doesn’t want to wake up and be able to see? If you’ve worn glasses your whole life, it’s a pretty novel concept!

3. You Want to Wake Up More Refreshed

Many eye doctors hear that LASIK patients tend to wake up feeling more refreshed in the morning. It could be a placebo effect or a psychological feeling that comes with having clear vision.

Whatever the reason, who doesn’t want to wake up ready to take on their day? You can save time, knowing that you don’t have to spend ten minutes trying to put in contacts.

Why not start your day on the right foot every day, instead of waking up bleary-eyed? The choice is yours, after all!

4. You Want More Peace of Mind

Depending on your glasses means keeping track of your glasses, which can be tiresome. This is especially hard to do if you’re on vacation.

Sometimes you want to be able to see without any concern about if your glasses break. How many times have you gone on a trip and underestimated the number of contacts to bring?

You need spare contacts and a spare pair of glasses, just in case! Whatever happened to living in the moment and with spontaneity?

5. You Want the Freedom of Choice

Not being subjected to the need for glasses gives you more power. Glasses and contacts are the opposite of having a choice.

Having a choice is an amazing thing to have, and it is hard to let go of once you get it.

Achieve visual freedom through LASIK. Why not schedule a LASIK consultation and find out if LASIK is right for you?

Schedule yours at Vision Care of Maine in Bangor, ME now! If you’ve ever dreamed of waking up with perfect vision, LASIK is what you’ve been waiting for!

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LASIK is a powerful procedure that alters your lifestyle for the better. Even just being free of glasses and contacts can be a meaningful experience.

On the fence about whether LASIK could be right for you? Keep reading for 3 reasons why LASIK is life-changing!

1. Better Eyesight Means Less Stress

If there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that glasses complicate things. Think about traveling.

You’re already stressed out when you have to pack before a big trip. That big trip has the potential of getting ruined if you forget glasses, contacts, or solution.

Always having to pack extras is not only annoying, but it can get expensive as well. Wouldn’t it be nice to have one less thing to worry about before you jump on a plane?

It always seems like it’s harder to focus when you’re wearing glasses. This is especially true if you’re playing sports or trying to work out.

Glasses could fall down your face and get damaged. Or your glasses could accidentally get scratched if they fall off your face.

There’s nothing that will get you out of the zone faster than a pair of glasses hitting the floor!

Removing a constant source of frustration, even if it’s a small one, goes a long way towards giving you peace of mind. More peace of mind means you will have more brainpower.

Wouldn’t you rather spend your time doing the things you enjoy? It’s a lot easier to do that if you don’t have to worry about glasses or contacts anymore!

2. No Glasses Means More Freedom

One of the worst parts about glasses are not what they do, but what they take away. If you love swimming, then you know that wearing glasses in the pool is a struggle.

The same goes for contacts. The chlorine in the pool water has likely burned your eyes one too many times.

Wearing your glasses in the pool isn’t an option, and wearing your contacts is irritating at best.

LASIK gives you the freedom to do what you want to do without being held back by your vision. Life is all about experiences, and who doesn’t want to see them with their own eyes?

3. More Choices Means Higher Confidence

An important part of having more freedom is having more confidence. Many people who are getting LASIK do it because they don’t like the way they look in glasses, and that’s okay.

It can be difficult to feel stylish in frames that become outdated. Contacts can be irritating and cause your eyes to become red and swollen.

Having your appearance under control empowers you to choose what you wear. With a procedure like LASIK, there’s no reason why you can’t see the world without glasses or contacts.

Ready to take the plunge and find out if you could be a good LASIK candidate? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Vision Care of Maine in Augusta, ME today! Isn’t it time to see and be seen the way you’ve always wanted to?

Are you someone who suffers from vision impairment every day? Are you getting tired of the hassle of dealing with glasses and/or contacts? LASIK could be right for you!

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a form of corrective eye surgery categorized as a laser refractive surgery. The purpose of LASIK is to reshape the cornea.

By reshaping the cornea, light gets refracted into the eye correctly. When light refracts as it should, refractive errors become corrected!

During LASIK, your surgeon will create a small flap in your cornea. After flap creation, the flap is then lifted, exposing the corneal tissue underneath.

A laser is then used to either create a steeper or shallower curve of the cornea by removing parts of the tissue.

The surgery itself is very quick and painless. You’ll receive numbing eye drops before the procedure. This makes LASIK a hundred percent painless! The most you may feel is slight pressure while the flap is being made.

LASIK is only about 10 to 15 minutes per eye, and is usually over after a half hour to hour. Your LASIK surgeon will want you to rest for a few minutes after the procedure.

Once you’re cleared, you can go home! You’ll need a ride to and from the procedure because of the numbing drops. Once you get home, you should rest in a dark room for 3-4 hours.

This gives your eyes a head start on healing and recovery! Your vision may be markedly improved right after LASIK or in the next few days. Most patients end up with 20/20 vision after LASIK, if not better!


LASIK surgery is not right for everyone. It’s important for you to schedule a LASIK consultation if you want LASIK. During your consultation, you’ll undergo various tests. You’ll also need to answer questions about your health and your family history.

If you have an autoimmune disease or don’t heal well after surgery, LASIK may not be right for you. The same is true for conditions like glaucoma or cataracts.

Even if LASIK isn’t right for you, there are other procedures to consider! It’s also important to have stable vision levels for at least a year before receiving LASIK surgery. You can find out about your LASIK eligibility by setting up an appointment at Vision Care of Maine.

The Cost of LASIK

Because LASIK surgery is an elective surgery, it isn’t covered by insurance companies. You will need to pay for it out of pocket and the average cost per eye is somewhere between 1,500 and 2,500 dollars.

Not sure you can afford the up-front cost? There are options for financing the procedure and making it affordable.

Talk to your employer and see if they offer an FSA. You can also set up payment plans with a financing company or see if LASIK is tax deductible.

Ready to find out if LASIK is right for you? Schedule a LASIK consultation at Vision Care of Maine in Bangor!

From the leaves on the trees to a brand new school year for many, fall brings about plenty of change. This year, it’s time to change your life! How, you may ask?

Get rid of the glasses and contacts that are holding you back. LASIK offers you the opportunity to see clearly thanks to powerful technology. Keep reading to learn more about why you should consider getting LASIK this fall!

Increase Productivity

Fall is usually the time when people begin classes again. With a fresh new start to the semester, you may be looking to launch into it with every advantage you can muster. Having crystal clear vision is a huge edge to have, especially during class. See every detail of the professor’s notes from the back of the class, without having to rely on your glasses.

Even if you graduated from college, getting rid of your glasses can help you succeed at your job. No more being late to meetings because you need to replace your contacts or lost your glasses! Wouldn’t you like to roll out of bed without worrying about your sight? You can do this with LASIK!

Be More Active

Fall is football season! Watching the game at home is fun, but it’s more fun to get out there yourself. Having glasses can complicate that dream.

Playing sports with contacts can be irritating, at best. Worst case scenario, your contact could fall out of your eye or temporarily blind you. Stop worrying about your contacts, you’ve got a football game to win! Get LASIK and glasses and contacts will be old news to you.  

Travel With Confidence

If you are not one of the millions of students returning to school this summer, you may decide to travel abroad. That’s great! Experiencing new cultures and ways of life is an amazing goal. Don’t think about how you might lose your glasses and then can’t see. Or how you forgot to bring enough contacts and ruined your trip.

Avoid these nightmare scenarios altogether when you get LASIK. There’s a short recovery time associated with LASIK. After LASIK, you’ll have permanently clear vision! Reduce your stress and worries by getting LASIK first. Wouldn’t you rather enjoy every second of a trip? LASIK can reduce your stress and worries and make you a travel expert.  

Choose How You Look

Fall fashion is a big deal to a lot of people. Even if you’re not returning to school, it’s a time to break out new outfits or a new sense of style. It’s also Halloween season, and that means you need to pick out the perfect costume.

Your Halloween costume will be so much better without glasses!  Think about how annoying contacts are when you’re wearing special makeup. Take your Halloween costume to the next level without worrying about irritation. Getting LASIK makes it possible!   

Feel Better

There are hundreds of reasons you could decide to get LASIK, but the number one is it will make you feel better. Contacts can dry out your eyes and glasses are easy to lose.

Your self confidence will get a huge boost when you decide to say hello to a life free of contacts and glasses! Begin fall the right way: schedule a LASIK consultation with Vision Care of Maine in Bangor, ME today!

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Most of the patients we have talked to about LASIK have considered it at one point but held back for one reason or another. The reasons can vary but they usually come back to some kind of fear of the unknown.

As the technology continues to improve, LASIK is now safer and more effective than ever. So if you are still on the fence, here are five reasons you should consider LASIK in the New Year:



Obviously, there are risks with any surgery and most procedures will involve some amount of discomfort. But with LASIK, the amount of discomfort you will experience is relatively low.

Your doctor will give you numbing eye drops before the surgery so you won’t feel a thing. And while you may experience some mild discomfort during the recovery period, most patients begin to feel better within the first week.



One of the biggest benefits of LASIK is how quick both the surgery itself and the recovery time are. The actual surgery will take around 15 minutes to perform.

You will have to spend some time in recovery once it’s over but you should be in and out in about two hours from start to finish. Then you get to spend the rest of your day recovering from the comfort of your own home.

And most patients can begin to resume their normal activities within a few days of having the surgery.



The cost is what stops most people from having LASIK, which is ironic considering that LASIK will actually save you money in the long run.

The one-time fee for LASIK can vary from anywhere between $2,000-$4,000. But you’ll save yourself money throughout the course of your life when you no longer have to purchase contacts and glasses.



It’s no secret that contacts and glasses are a hassle to deal with. Glasses can get in the way and contacts can dry out or become irritated. After having LASIK, you won’t need to spend your time thinking about packing your glasses everytime you go somewhere. You can enjoy going out and living life without worrying about your contacts or glasses.



When we talk to patients who have had LASIK, this is the biggest benefit most of them will mention. LASIK gives the freedom to enjoy your life and do the things you love without worrying about your vision.

You can wake up with clear vision and you don’t have to mess with your contacts first. You get to spend your days enjoy perfect eyesight.

For more information, contact our Bangor office to schedule your LASIK consultation today!

Thursdays in December means fun at Vision Care.

The first three Thursdays in the month of December, you can enjoy savings on glasses, learn about LASIK, and enjoy a wonderful presentation about a recent humanitarian trip to Mexico.

And while you’re here, enjoy music and refreshments at our bistro, Coffee Hound!

DECEMBER 1ST, 4-7PM: Optical Trunk Show

Shop for the holidays with 50% OFF sport & safety glasses and designer frames like GUESS, Timberland, & more!

And for the kids, protect the lens for $99, Crizal Anti-Reflective, & polycarbonate!

DECEMBER 8TH, 6-8PM: Learn about LASIK

This is your chance to ask questions and learn everything you need to know about LASIK surgery from our own Dr. Luke Gamble.

While you’re here, we’ll provide FREE SCREENINGS on a first come, first serve basis – so sign up today!

DECEMBER 15TH, 6-7PM: Travel to Mexico with Dr. Young

Dr. Curt Young will make a presentation about his October trip to Mexico where he and his team of technicians performed a record 104 surgeries in 5 days to restore sight to some of Mexico’s poorest communities. Read more here!

Stay tuned for more information!

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