Lasik is a relatively new, and highly popular surgical procedure that can permanently fix various vision problems. Lasik is most commonly used to treat Nearsightedness, Farsightedness, or Astigmatism, and usually is an outpatient procedure where patients experience a rapid recovery from surgery.
How Does Lasik Surgery Work?
After applying local anesthetics, Lasik surgery starts by cutting a small flap on the surface of the cornea, which is typically performed by a laser cutting device. Once the flap is peeled away by the surgeon, the surgeon will remove extra material in the cornea with a separate laser device, which will reshape the cornea so that it does not have the same offset curvature that causes Astigmatism, Nearsightedness, or Farsightedness. Once the extra corneal tissue is removed, the flap that was initially cut is placed back in place so that it can heal. While this process may sound complicated, surgery rarely lasts longer than fifteen minutes
After surgery, most patients will be asked to wear a protective eye patch and goggles to encourage proper healing. Many doctors will prescribe eye drops and eye moisturizers to minimize the risk of infection and to promote rapid healing. While vision may be blurry for a day or two after surgery, healing occurs rapidly as many will report clear vision in as quick as a single week after surgery.
What Are The Risks And Side-Effects Of Lasik Surgery?
Lasik Surgery has become widely popular as a low-risk surgery that offers a permanent solution to poor vision. While the risks are seldom, there are a few side effects that have been associated with Lasik Procedures. Side effects may include:
- Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome
- Increased Glare
- Seeing “Halos” around bright lights and images
- Decreased night vision
How Much Does Lasik Surgery Cost?
The primary drawback of Lasik surgery is the cost of surgery itself. Since Lasik is an outpatient procedure, the price will vary depending on doctor and one’s unique eye conditions, and most insurance plans will not cover the procedure. While surgery is not cheap, many cite permanent vision correction and not having to pay for contact lenses constantly as primary benefits that outweigh both the costs and minor risks of Lasik.
Most Lasik procedures will be priced in the range of $2500 to $5000 dollars for both eyes, with more complex procedures occupying the upper range of the price spectrum. As with most things, it’s important to be careful when shopping for Lasik surgery, and if it seems “too good to be true” it likely is too good to be true.