Facts about LASIK
If you wear glasses or contacts, it’s likely that you’ve dreamed about being able to ditch your glasses or contacts and get Lasik surgery for your eyes. The dream of being able just to wake up and see properly without having to fumble around with blurry vision, searching for your glasses or tripping over something in your quest to get to your contacts can sometimes seem too distant.
However, Lasik surgery is a great option for millions of people who are looking to dump prescription lenses and start living their lives. If you’ve heard about Lasik surgery but have been holding back, here are a few key facts about Lasik surgery that might get you to make that call finally.
Lasik stands for “Lasers Assisted in-Situ Keratomileusis” which means sculpting of the cornea.
Lasik eye surgery is a painless procedure.
The Lasik surgery only lasts a few minutes, and the laser portion is completed in a matter of seconds.
Lasik can correct several common vision issues. This includes myopia or nearsightedness, hyperopia or far-sightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia or the loss of your reading vision.
Almost every person who wears contact lenses is a good candidate for Lasik surgery. Some estimates show that 98% of contact lens wearers would benefit from Lasik surgery.
Lasik can drastically improve the ability of most patients to see. While nobody can guarantee your results, most patients can see 20/20 the day after their procedure.
Lasik is an incredibly safe procedure. The risk of damaging your eyes is higher for everyday contact lens wearers.
Lasik has been applied for patients for over 25 years. It is an FDA approved procedure and became approved in 1999.
Individuals who have keratoconus or other corneal disorders may not be well-suited for Lasik surgery.
The laser does not heat up the eye and doesn’t burn any of the tissue. The laser is actually cold, so there is no risk of burning other cells in your eye.
Benefits of Lasik
Lasik has continued to be developed throughout the years, and more patients are now raving about the benefits of Lasik. Lasik has found special application for athletes and individuals that are involved with outdoor activities. River guides no longer worry about a contact getting washed out during an intense section of whitewater. Competitive athletes have found that they can leave their glasses or contacts behind and it is simply one less thing that they must worry about during the day. Lasik surgery offers you all the benefits of corrective lenses with none of the drawbacks.
Firefighters generally cannot wear their protective masks with their glasses. This means that they either must be fitted for contacts too, or give up on their dreams. Lasik has offered another alternative to firefighters so that they can be out saving lives, rather than on the sidelines feeling helpless.
The Costs of Lasik
Many patients may see the initial price tag for Lasik and decide that it’s cheaper to continue to use your contact lenses or glasses. However, when you compare the long-term costs of other prescription lenses, Lasik can save you money. One study found that Lasik saved patients between 40 and 49 years of age, approximately $10,000. That’s a lot of money that you don’t have to spend!
When you consider the costs of purchasing the contacts, solution, cases, an increased potential risk to the eye and additional doctor visits, Lasik can quickly become the right solution for you.
If you’ve been considering Lasik surgery, call today and schedule an evaluation. Your doctor can help you decide if Lasik is the right choice for you. Now is the right time to see clearly again!