Olympic Dreams Benjamin Eye InstituteWatching the Olympics earlier this month had me thinking about what could have been. Or at least what I dreamed about what could have been.

You see, between the ages of 12-14 I dreamed of becoming an Olympic diver someday. That is until my vision failed me. That is until I missed the end of the spring board attempting one of my patented jackknife dives and crashed into the edge of the board carving a neat chunk of skin out of the length of my back.

I begged my mom to let me wear my contacts to the pool, but these were the hard lenses days and replacing a hard lenses was an expense my single, working mom of three couldn’t afford. It wasn’t until years later I had the freedom of daily lenses and could get back on a spring board–my dream of being an Olympian long since tucked away in my hope chest.

Mine is a story that begs the question “how much more of our potential could we achieve with corrected vision?” I like to think I would have kept diving, eventually making my high school varsity team, then perhaps a scholarship to college. And who knows, eventually I might have earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team?

Perhaps you don’t dream of making the Olympics. Perhaps it’s just that you’re having less fun because of impaired vision.

What activity do you shy away from because you wear eyeglasses? Is it hot yoga? Can’t have those glasses slipping down your nose durning your forward folds, right? Basketball? One elbow to the head and there go your expensive frames? Perhaps, like me, you gave up some loved past time like swimming, gymnastics, or surfing because it just didn’t pair well with eyeglasses.

Whatever your sport, whatever your excuse, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Of course, contact lenses are always an option. And in the case of one Olympian, may have been the best option. However, when you calculate the difference between LASIK surgery costs and the cost of wearing glasses and/or contacts over a lifetime, you quite likely will decide for for LASIK surgery. Over an average lifespan, contact lenses could cost a 20 year-old up to $30,000, not including eye exams and eyeglass prescriptions. Accordingly, LASIK surgery pays for itself in as little as three years.

Is today is the day you’ll return to an activity you gave up due to wearing eyeglasses? If not today, then when? The first step is easy. Schedule your FREE consultation with Benjamin Eye Institute today. Find out what you’re missing. Find your passion…again!