Have you spent a lifetime adjusting glasses atop the bridge of your nose or gently popping contact lenses into your eyes? Imagine not having to deal with either or both.
So, what is LASIK eye surgery? It is, in one hyphenated word, life-changing. LASIK is an effective treatment that reshapes the cornea and adjusts its focusing power.
The process is smooth, fast, and the results are highly encouraging. Typically, though, patients have the same five questions. Of course, you’ll want to know what type of investment you’re about to make and whether it will hurt.
Since the results of LASIK are almost instantaneous, we, too, will be prompt. Allow us to get right to it and draw back the curtain on some of your most pressing questions.
1. What does laser eye surgery cost?
We like to be very upfront with our patients about the cost of LASIK eye surgery. For the best technology and an experienced surgeon, you should prepare to spend anywhere between $2,500 and $3,000 per eye.
Wherever you go, be sure their pricing structure is transparent and easy to understand. Look for places that don’t need a deposit and offer a nice window of time with 0% financing.
Although this seems like a lot of money, the best way to look at it is this: most people see a payback on LASIK eye surgery within ten years. So, if you expect to wear contact lenses and/or glasses for the next ten years, then you will see your money returned.
Best of all, you won’t have to fuss with glasses or lenses throughout that time, and you’ll still have the vision you’ve been wanting!
2. When will you see results?
Here’s, perhaps, the best news. Once the procedure is complete, most patients can tell their vision has improved the moment they open their eyes! Sure, things are still a bit foggy and a bit hazy, due to the procedure. Also, the cornea will be a bit swollen. But, by the next day, that swelling should subside.
As soon as the procedure is over, your healing should start to take place. And, by the next day, many patients see their vision return to 20/20 or something very close to it.
3. Should you feel scared?
It’s quite natural to be nervous. But, with laser treatment, there’s no pain during the procedure or afterwards. All you have to do is lay comfortably on the bed, looking directly ahead at a green, flashing light. A little clip holds your eyes open so you don’t have to worry about blinking.
Some patients wonder what happens if they should look away from the green, flashing light. Will the laser “zap” them in the wrong place?
No, indeed. When patients look away, the laser tracks that in real-time. It will momentarily stop until you look back at the light again and then resume treatment exactly where it left off.