LASIK Eye Surgery Improves Your Vision Immediately
No More Inconvenience
Immediately Clear, Sharp Vision
While it may take up to six months to reach optimal vision, most patients see an improvement in their vision immediately after the procedure is completed.
Greater Freedom & Flexibility
After LASIK surgery, patients find that virtually every activity can be performed with much greater ease. No more worrying about extra glasses when traveling or contact lenses while swimming.
LASIK by the Numbers
Over 700,000 LASIK procedures are performed in the US each year and the complication rate is less than one percent.
Is the difference really that dramatic?
But the Thought of Having a Laser Pointed at My Eye Makes Me Anxious...
Laser eye procedures have come a long way since their introduction in the 1960s. Current techniques give ophthalmologists the ability to perform surgeries with such great precision that the complication rate is less than one percent of all surgeries.
Your doctor will administer numbing eye drops and a sedative to ensure that you do not feel any pain or anxiety during your LASIK surgery. Most patients describe only slight discomfort for a very brief period during the procedure.
Let's take a more detailed look at the procedure...
3 Primary Techniques for LASIK Surgery
This technique uses detailed measurements of the curvature of the cornea to guide surgery, which can preserve the natural shape of your eyes.
This method is similar to the Wavefront-Optimized technique, but instead measures the way that light travels through your eye to create customized surgical guidelines.
This technique uses detailed topography mapping of the eyes to create some of the most precise surgical treatments available.
These topographic eye mapping techniques offer greater precision and customization, leading to superior patient results.
LASIK sounds amazing. Can I have it done?
Determining If LASIK Is Right for You
Be over 18
LASIK is generally recommended for adults.
Have the Right Corneal Thickness
If your corneas are too thin to accommodate a tissue flap, you may be better suited to PRK surgery or LASEK.
Be in Excellent Ocular Health
Be in Good General Health
Some autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis may disqualify you.
Have Stable Vision
If you needed a new glasses prescription in the last year, LASIK may not be a safe option for you at the moment.
Not Be Pregnant or Breastfeeding
The hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and breastfeeding affect your vision. LASIK is not recommended until at least three months after stopping breastfeeding.
Not Have Overly Large Pupils
This trait can increase your risk of developing halos, glare, and night vision issues after LASIK.
How long does surgery take?
A Short Outpatient Procedure
In total, you can expect to be in your doctor's office for about 90 minutes. Surgery itself takes about 10 minutes per eye, and the actual alterations to the cornea take less than one minute.
You will be given anesthetic eyedrops to maintain your comfort. Some patients request a mild sedative to help them relax.
Stabilizing the Eye
An instrument called a lid speculum will be used to prevent you from blinking. Next, a special vacuum ring will be placed on the eye to prevent movement during surgery.
Creating the Flap
A laser or blade will be used to create a hinged flap of tissue in the corneal surface. The flap will be held open, exposing the stroma, or inner third of the cornea.
The excimer laser will reshape the stroma and your surgeon will replace the tissue flap.
You will rest for a brief period before being discharged. You can expect a mild burning or itching sensation that will subside over the next few days.
Most Patients Experience An Immediate Improvement
Your vision may be a bit blurry immediately after surgery, but most patients experience improved vision right away. Some patients can return to work the next day, but taking a couple of days off is usually recommended. You will attend a follow-up visit with your doctor the day after surgery. He or she will assess your results and determine if you can safely drive without glasses or contacts. Some patients may need a few days for their vision to stabilize. In rare cases, it may take weeks.
How much does LASIK cost?
Costs Vary From Person to Person
Because every eye is different, LASIK cost from person to person will vary. On average, the national cost per eye is:
Why is LASIK so expensive?
Factors that Affect Cost
LASIK's 96 percent patient satisfaction rate can be partly attributed to its constantly advancing technology. Emerging technologies such as Wavefront™, the bladeless femtosecond laser, advanced eye mapping, corneal topography, and even technologies developed by NASA like the LADAR Tracker can make the surgery expensive but impressive.
The cost of your surgery is largely influenced by how bad your eyesight is. If you have a moderate to severe case of farsightedness, nearsightedness, or astigmatism, you will need more surgical correction and can probably expect to pay more.
Choosing the right doctor is critical to the success of your surgery. However, you can typically expect to pay more if your surgeon has more experience. Be careful of practices advertising suspiciously low-cost LASIK.
Another important factor is your location. Keep in mind that states and cities with a higher cost of living will generally have a higher cost for LASIK.
So what exactly is it going to cost you?
Still too expensive? You have other options...
Comparing National Averages
The average national cost of LASIK is $1,000 to $3,000 per eye. While it has a higher up-front cost than contacts or glasses, it is less expensive than other refractive eye surgeries. See for yourself...
Although glasses can be a more cost-effective, short-term solution, they can still get pricey when you add on anti-glare coating, designer frames, or progressive lenses. Similarly, contacts can be very expensive, depending on the type of lenses you need.
Over a decade, both alternatives can cost just as much as corrective surgery and perhaps more if you do not have insurance or need to replace your glasses frequently.
Think LASIK is the best choice but worried about how you will pay for it?
Consider Financing, FSAs, and Other Options
LASIK is usually not covered by insurance, but ask your provider if they work with any in-network surgeons to secure lower costs.
Employers such as airlines or the military will help finance your surgery if clearer vision is necessary for your line of work.
You can use flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts to pay for out-of-pocket procedures like LASIK with your pre-tax dollars.
Lenders such as CareCredit® and LendingClub® offer flexible low-interest financing. You can also use a credit card that offers rewards.
Use your next tax refund towards part or all of your surgery. Even if you only pay for part, you can secure lower monthly payments.
Start Calculating Your Estimated Cost
Based on national average costs, if you choose traditional LASIK for both eyes with no insurance discount, no down payment, and zero interest for 48 months, you can pay as little as $66.67 per month.
That's less than $3 per day. Probably less than your morning coffee.
You can afford this. But will it be worth it?
The Benefits Far Outweigh the Costs
No More Inconvenience
No more worrying about broken glasses or expensive contacts.
Clearer, Sharper Vision
You can see clearly immediately after your procedure.
Freedom and Flexibility
Enjoy activities such as swimming without worrying about eyewear.
Want to Get a More Accurate Cost?
The only way to determine exactly how much your surgery will cost is to schedule a consultation with your doctor. During your appointment, be sure to ask what is included in the cost and what is not to ensure you get the most accurate estimate.
Clear vision is just a step away...What are you waiting for?
Bring the World into Focus
Corrective eyewear can help improve your vision, but these are just temporary solutions at best, and come with their own limitations and inconveniences. Only refractive surgical procedures offer a more permanent enhancement to your visual acuity. Some patients may be better-suited for an alternative procedure, such as conductive keratoplasty or refractive lens exchange, but only a professional can help make the best recommendation.
Seeing in high definition can literally change everything about the way you view the world. Speak with a doctor to take your first step towards changing your life.
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