Putting laser eye surgery on the menu for chefs

17 October 2019

Author: Kate Green

Laser eye surgery benefits chefs

A recipe for perfect vision


It’s now that time of year when the Great British Bake Off is back on our screens, as well as Celebrity MasterChef making its 2019 return. All our favourite TV chefs are starting to share their top winter recipes, and there’s certainly no shortage of food-related programmes at this time of year. One interesting thing that you might not have noticed, however, is that hardly any of these famous faces in food wear glasses. Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Ainsley Harriott, Delia Smith… not a spectacle in sight. It could be just a coincidence, or it could be that the chefs have taken deliberate steps to free themselves from glasses.


Cooking, especially in a professional kitchen, can be quite an intense environment. With multiple tasks needing attention at any one time, food substances all over your hands, and lots of other workers moving quickly in the same area, your glasses are likely to become inconvenient quite quickly. Between sliding down your nose, the lenses fogging up, and needing a reading prescription for tiny recipe book text, glasses just aren’t practical in a kitchen environment.


Chefs of Optimax


We’ve actually treated lots of chefs and kitchen assistants at Optimax with laser eye surgery and lens surgery. They were keen to make their jobs easier, without feeling hindered by various visual aids. We recently caught up with a couple of them to hear about life after treatment. Here’s what they had to say:


Faye Zimmer, 21, Cook: “I have experienced a lot of benefits since having LASEK. I work over a flame grill 12 hours a day and my eyes would always dry out constantly with contact lenses in. I would have to use eye drops every hour but now I don’t even think about my eyes while I’m at work. I also read my orders off of a screen which I struggled to read before but now I find my job so much easier.”


Suzannah Elsner, 53, Chef Manager: “Having treatment is definitely the best thing I ever did. Not constantly having to take my glasses off and put them on is life-changing for driving, swimming and especially cooking. My eyes actually feel like they’re not as dry as anymore – they always were before treatment. I don’t struggle with my glasses steaming up anymore either. I should have done it years ago like my husband did! I could not believe it was pain free and definitely life changing.”


Reading vision in the kitchen


A large part of cooking – be that as a professional or an amateur – is reading. Whether it’s reading from a recipe book or, like our patient Faye, reading orders from a screen at work, you’re likely to be utilising your close-up vision, intermediate vision, and distance vision. The problem is, with age comes a deterioration in near vision. This happens as the eye’s natural lens begins to stiffen over time, making it more difficult for you to focus on close objects.


At Optimax, we offer Monovision treatment, where one eye is treated with laser eye surgery to achieve good near vision, while the other eye has good distance vision. The brain adjusts to this and relies on each eye to provide good sight for each respective distance. As presbyopia (age-related long-sightedness) starts to develop in a person’s 40s, they might start to need reading glasses – even if they previously never needed contact lenses or glasses.


In the kitchen, reading glasses can be really inconvenient and even become a bit of a hazard if they’re constantly slipping down, or being taken off and left on the side. You might even find that over a hot cooker, your glasses start to steam up. In such a high-pressure, fast-paced environment as a professional kitchen, glasses can make working quite difficult. While vision correction treatments make a variety of job roles much easier and less stressful, it’s safe to say that the chefs and kitchen staff we treat find it absolutely life-changing!


Taking steps towards clear, natural vision


If you feel that your glasses are getting in the way when you’re cooking, there are a number of vision correction treatments to consider. From LASIK and LASEK, to implantable contact lenses and refractive lens exchanges, we have a range of options to suit different visual requirements. Your suitability is determined by a number of factors, including your eye health and lifestyle, so coming in for a free consultation is the best way for us to recommend your treatment type. Get in touch and take the first step to clear, natural vision.

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