Is Lasik Right for You?

By Bentley, George, PhD posted 10-11-2019 14:52


Lasik surgery can be life-altering. Many people who have had it contend that it was the best decision they could have made. It has improved their quality of life by restoring their vision. They no longer need to bother themselves with spectacles and contact lenses.


A refractive eye surgery, Lasik surgery, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, can restore a person’s vision to 20/25 or better. It generally has outstanding results, with very few patients experiencing complications.


What happens during Lasik surgery?


During Lasik surgery, the doctor changes the shape of the cornea using a precision laser. Reshaping the cornea can provide the same vision correction that glasses or contact lenses do. The curvature of the cornea is either made flatter or steeper, depending on your vision needs. This is done by removing minute amounts of the corneal tissue.


The pieces of corneal tissue are so small that it is impossible to perform this kind of surgery without the aid of a laser. It requires a lot of precision, and meticulous measurements are done before the surgery. Before the laser is applied, the surgeon makes a flap in the cornea. This approach is the most common, although there are alternative methods.


Undergoing Lasik surgery


Surgeons say that the majority of their patients have only one question: does Lasik hurt? The process can be a little daunting as it is performed while you are conscious. A local anesthetic is administered to the eye.


It’s highly unlikely that you’ll experience any pain during your Lasik surgery. There might be a bit of discomfort afterward. The eyes tend to be dry after surgery as it reduces tear production.


Your doctor will want you to use eye drops to keep your eyes lubricated. Another common experience is sensitivity to glare and seeing halos around bright lights. This can persist for a few weeks after your surgery. Many patients feel better wearing sunglasses when exposed to such conditions for a couple of weeks.


Are you a candidate for Lasik surgery?


Just because you would like to have Lasik surgery doesn’t mean you’re going to be able to have it. Your surgeon will do a thorough evaluation before deciding whether they’re prepared to do the surgery.


The necessity of surgery is the first thing a doctor will assess. There is always a risk associated with any operation. Your doctor will determine if the reward will outweigh the risk.


Next, the surgeon will determine your eye health. Several conditions might prevent Lasik surgery from having the desired effect. They can even result in severe complications, leading the surgeon to rule out Lasik surgery.


The list of conditions includes any disorder that leads to keratoconus, which is the thinning of the cornea. People with cataracts and glaucoma should also think twice before undergoing the operation. Those patients who have had dry eyes can find the problem to be even worse after the surgery.


Counting the cost of Lasik surgery


Most healthcare insurance plans regard Lasik surgery as a cosmetic procedure. It defies financial logic that they’ll pay for glasses and contact lenses over an indefinite period instead of making a one-off payment for the surgery.


However, the risk of complications and the expenses they can rack up has made insurance plan administrators pause for thought. The surgery isn’t done to address an issue that can make you ill or die. That makes it elective, and very few schemes cover elective procedures.


Before taking the plunge, make sure you know what the procedure is going to cost. You’ll want to avoid nasty surprises in the form of excessive hospital bills. Find out if there’s a discount for paying cash and take advantage of it.

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