LASIK is a popular laser eye surgery which corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism and reduces your reliance on glasses or contacts.
LASIK stands for Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis
How Does LASIK Work?
First, your ophthalmologist will use a special surgical device called a microkeratome or femtosecond laser (bladeless) to cut a flap on the surface of the cornea. Then, using an excimer laser your cornea is reshaped to correct your vision, making it thinner so that it can focus more clearly on the retina. And lastly, the flap is smoothed back into its original place.
Thanks to state-of-the-art technology the entire procedure takes less than 10 minutes and is relatively pain-free. Numbing drops are used to manage any discomfort during the procedure.
Most people report to be “completely” or “very satisfied” after their surgery, according to Consumer Reports.
For the most part, people can see better immediately after surgery. In some cases, it can take several months before your vision becomes stable.
The results are lasting for most people but there are risks and complications (keep reading) you should consider before undergoing LASIK eye surgery.
Who is a Good Candidate for LASIK Surgery?
Your Ophthalmologist will examine your eyes to determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. You must be at least 18 years old to be considered for surgery with a healthy cornea.
You Are NOT a Good Candidate if:
- You have had changes to your eyeglass prescription in the last year
- You have diabetes
- You take certain medications, like corticosteroids
- You have preexisting conditions, like glaucoma or herpes
- You have eye inflammation
- You are not pregnant or breast-feeding
- You play contact sports
- You have had eye injuries or prior eye surgery
- You have an eye infection
- You have chronic dry eyes
- You have large pupils
- You have thin corneas
How Much Does Lasik Cost?
The cost of LASIK varies depending on the type of LASIK being performed, the expertise level of the Ophthalmologist, your location and how many eyes require the procedure. On average the cost can range anywhere from $1800-$6000.
Most insurance companies do not cover LASIK or if they do only pay a small benefit. Most people pay out-of-pocket for the procedure. However, some laser eye centers have short-term or long-term financing options available.
What Are The Risks?
As with any surgery, there are risk and complications that can occur after Lasik eye surgery. Most complications are temporary but some, including blindness, can be permanent.
- Dry eyes
- Halos around lights
- Glares or Starbursts
- Double vision
- Burning sensation or pain
- Need for additional surgery
- Temporary vision correction
- Sensitivity to light
- Corneal infection
- Some people may still need to wear glasses or contacts on occasion
- Corneal scarring
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