LASIK eye surgery is more and more popular nowadays. There are a large number of people who have benefited a lot from the surgery, and there are still more and more people who want to take this surgery. Before taking the surgery, it is necessary for us to have a thorough understanding of the surgery in order to achieve a better or satisfactory treating result. Of course, we can talk with our eye doctors to get some information about the surgery. And the following are some common questions about LASIK eye surgery, and we can read first and have some basis understanding of the surgery.
Is the LASIK eye surgery suitable for us? This is the first step to decide if we can take the surgery. Remember not everyone can take this surgery. If we want to know the answer, we should visit our eye doctor. At our eye doctors, he will give us a full eye examination, and after that, he will check our age and health history to see if we are good candidate for the surgery. If we are less than 18 years old, it is not recommended to have this surgery. And if we suffer from health problems such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, or certain degenerative eye diseases, we can not take this surgery either. Generally speaking, the eye doctor will give a full assessment on our conditions, and advises if the surgery is fit for us or not.
Can I get rid of glasses or contact lenses in my later life after taking LASIK eye surgery? There is not absolutely yes. There are indeed some people who get rid of glasses or contact lenses after the surgery. But this does not mean all patients can achieve this or if these people will need glasses again with years. Usually it mainly depends on our eye condition. And please keep in mind LASIK eye surgery is to help people to improve their vision, but not to correct their vision problems completely.
Are there some risks involved in LASIK eye surgery? Just as other surgeries, there are risks included in LASIK eye surgery, but the rate is very low. One of the common side effects is decreased low light vision. Patients with this side effect will feel glowing at night or under low-light conditions and a halo around the lighted up objects. But this will disappear automatically after a certain time. And there are rare long-term side effects after the surgery. But there is a very low possibility that people’s vision will be deteriorating after the surgery.
Is the surgery painful? Actually LASIK eye surgery is a painless surgery which will be taken in 2 or 3 minutes. If the patient is too nervous or uncomfortable, surgeon will give them sedation, but most patients do not need it. Before the surgery, patients will have eye drops to numb them during the surgery.
Should we take time off work after the surgery? It mainly depends on what kind of job we have. If we are a sedentary, we can have 2 to 3 days out of office. And if we do some computer intensive work, we need longer time for rest.
How much does LASIK eye surgery cost? The average cost is USD2000 per eye. But if there is wave-front technology used, the cost will be higher. And if the surgery is performed by famous surgeon, the cost is higher too. And the price is different in different places and countries.
Can the surgery cost be covered in insurance plan? Generally, LASIK eye surgery is considered to be elective, so it is not covered in the insurance plan. If we like, we can have extended eye care plan which can help us to deduct some money for the surgery. And we can also check with our employer to see if they have any agreement with certain clinics which can give their employee some discounts for the surgery.
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