Are you tired of repairing and purchasing eyeglasses every few months? Are you tired of wearing contacts or making repetitive trips to the eye doctor to restore your eyesight? You should consider LASIK eye surgery because most of the patients who received this procedure have improved vision and they restore eyesight. This surgery is also painless and the recovery time is usually within weeks or months. Before the LASIK surgery you’ll have a consultation with the eye doctor and he’ll tell you what to expect during the procedure. He’ll also test your eyes to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Texas A&M University says that you may not be able to get this surgery if you have very dry eyes, are over age 55, are pregnant, under age 18, if you have glaucoma or cataracts and if you’re diabetic. They also say you should have realistic expectations about the LASIK surgery before you meet with the eye doctor. For example, some patients actually lose their eyesight due to complications of the procedure while others may still need corrective eyewear after the surgery.
During the procedure the surgeon reshapes your cornea before applying the laser to your eyes. Before the surgery he’ll cut a flap off of your eye so he can reshape the cornea, then he’ll put a small device over your eyelids to keep eyes from blinking while he applies the laser to your eyes. The LASIK surgery takes 30 minutes to complete and afterwards you’ll experience a burning sensation in your eyes, tears in your eyes and blurred vision. For these reasons you shouldn’t drive yourself home. Also during the first four weeks after the surgery avoid contact sports as this could hurt your eyes if you get injured while playing.
The average cost for a LASIK surgery is under $2,000 per eye but if your health insurance provider includes vision benefits, you can ask them if eye surgery would be included in the benefits. If not, talk to different eye doctors and ask if they offer a payment plan for the LASIK surgery. Since this procedure is expensive, you should research the benefits and risks carefully and it’s also recommended that you get a regular eye exam before paying for the surgery. Read some medical journal articles on LASIK surgery and read health magazine articles on this procedure. Finally, ask people who had the surgery recently and get opinions on it.