“I wish I had done this years ago!”
We hear this statement from patients soon after the procedure. Why did they wait? There may be may reasons that the timing wasn’t right, but the top two are:
- Fear of Surgery
Let’s help dispel both of those issues.
COST: When you look at the price of LASIK, don’t think of it as a cost, but an investment that will pay off as long-term savings.
Consider the cost of glasses and contact lenses over time. The average cost of glasses is $250-$400…even more if you have multiple pairs or use prescription sunglasses as well. If you wear contacts, you may be paying $250 per year…even more if you need specialty contacts. If you add these numbers over time, you can see the cost savings that LASIK may offer in your lifetime.
Having LASIK doesn’t mean that you never have to go for your regular eye exams! Everyone should see their eye care provider, for a check up on a regular basis. Adults should see their eye doctor every 2 years. An regular eye exam, can help with early detection of eye disease and as well as other underlying health issues.
FEAR: LASIK is an outpatient procedure that takes only minutes to perform. LASIK and PRK have been proven, safe and effective by the FDA. The risk of complications resulting from LASIK surgery is less than 1 percent.
The more you know about what to expect during surgery, the less you will need to worry about what happens next.
Here is a summary of your surgery experience:
- During LASIK surgery, you will be awake and alert in a reclined position.
- Your eyes will be numbed by a series of drops.
- Your eye will be held open by a lid holder, so you won’t have to worry about blinking.
- The surgeon creates the flap using either a microkeratome or a laser.
- The flap is opened, like the page of a book,
- A cool laser is used to reshape your corneal tissue underneath the flap.
- The flap is closed, and the surgeon will smooth it back into place.
Making sure that you have an experienced surgeon is one way you can reduce the risk involved in the procedure. Ask your surgeon about any complications that he or she may have encountered, and more importantly, how they have resolved those complications.