More than 20 million LASIK surgeries have been performed across the U.S. since the technology has been in place. That means more than 20 million people have improved their lives by improving their vision. Will you be next? Let us answer some of the questions you probably have about the procedure.
What exactly is LASIK?
LASIK vision correction is an effective surgical procedure that uses a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
Most of these vision problems are caused by an imperfect shape of your cornea (the part of your eye that focuses light to create an image). Glasses or contacts make up for an eye’s physical imperfection, but LASIK gets to the root of the problem by actually reshaping the cornea, which results in long-term vision improvements.
How will I know if I’m a good candidate?
Typically, great candidates have these 6 characteristics. The best way to know if LASIK is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a LASIK specialist.
How painful is the procedure?
While you may feel pressure during the procedure, you won’t feel any pain. It’s completely painless! Afterwards, many of our clients remark that they can’t believe how easy it was!
Is it safe?
The FDA has approved LASIK since 1996. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 96% of LASIK surgeries are successful, with patients having at least 20/20 vision.
What can I expect during recovery?
Recovering from LASIK is generally quick! During the first few days, you might experience some sensitivity and dryness. You’ll be able return to work and most of your normal activities within the first few days. We recommend avoiding contact sports, swimming pools, and eye makeup for a week after your procedure.
Your eyes will continue to heal over the next few months, but with proper eye care, most patients experience no issues during this time.
Will I still need reading glasses?
Possibly. While LASIK can fix vision problems caused by the shape of your cornea, you’re still at risk for age-related conditions. A common vision problem for those over 45, presbyopia, develops as you get older regardless of whether you’ve had LASIK or not. Those with presbyopia must wear reading glasses when viewing objects up close.
Does insurance pay for LASIK?
Because most insurance companies view LASIK as an elective procedure, it is generally not covered under insurance plans. If you have a Flex Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA), however, you can use either of these to pay for your procedure.
The upfront cost may seem high at first, but LASIK can often be more affordable than years of purchasing contacts or updating your glasses. And the freedom of not having to rely on glasses or contacts? That’s priceless.