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As phenomenal as Lasik is, it does come with some risk. As rare as they are, we still want you to have ALL the information before you leap right in.
You might still have blurred vision after Lasik surgery. Which is why it is important to select your Lasik surgeon carefully.
You may still need corrective vision products or surgery in the future. Our bodies are not built to last forever, and with age your eyesight might not stay 20/20.
Lasik is considered a cosmetic procedure so is not covered by most insurance plans.
But also know that overall, about 90% of patients have a vision that’s between 20/20 and 20/40 after fully recovering from a Lasik procedure.
Lasik is safe, is reasonably affordable, and has been recommended by thousands.
We Have a Permanent Solution for You
If you have lived with vision impairments your whole life, you are more than familiar with the everyday frustrations of keeping your lenses clean, annual expenses for new frames, why you can’t buy just any sunglasses at the store, or the annoyance of wearing glasses while exercising. You’re not alone. We hear you, and we have the answer.
If you have only recently started suffering from recurring headaches or notice increasingly blurred vision, consider your options before you write a $500 check for trendy frames and prescription lenses. It is worth your time to explore our services at Wheaton Lasik in order to make an informed decision about the long-term health and care for your eyes.
Lasik is one of the best gifts you could ever give to yourself. It is a permanent solution to perpetual headaches, blurry vision, and steep expenses in contacts, frames, and prescription lenses. Your answer couldn’t be more crystal clear. Lasik.
Will I Ever Need Glasses Again?
Lasik procedures are designed to correct deficiencies in the eye such as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Lasik does not claim to be able to eliminate the use of eyeglasses. Even if your eyes are restored to 20-20 vision, you may need eyeglasses for reading.
Studies have found that about 95 percent of Lasik patients are restored to 20/40 vision, while about 80 percent have 20-20 vision or even better after the surgery.
However, Lasik only restores your vision at the present. While many patients, especially young people retain their new corrected sight for decades, with age and genetics it’s often possible for their eyes to degenerate, later on, requiring glasses.
Is Everyone a Candidate for Lasik Procedures?
The answer is no. For example, if you are under 18, most reputable eye surgeons will require you to wait. Age 21 and over is better than being 18 even.
Pregnant or nursing mothers are discouraged as candidates. Certain hormone changes can drastically affect how well your recovery is with a Lasik procedure. In addition, the medication used to dilate the eyes for Lasik could travel to the fetus.
Taking certain prescription drugs such as steroids or acne medication can significantly alter the results of Lasik. Tell your doctor about all drugs you are taking.
Another reason to delay Lasik is if your vision is not stable. If your prescription for glasses is going up or down, you should wait at least a year for your eyes to stabilize at the same rate.
A Lasik patient should be in good health. Autoimmune diseases, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus are examples of diseases that do not do well with Lasik. If you have had an eye injury or eye infection, or if your pupils dilate more than 7 centimeters in the dark, you may not be a good candidate. For example, dry-eyed syndrome and Lasik do not mix.
It is critical to consult with your doctor before making any big decisions for or against Lasik surgery.
Are their Negative Effects?
Although they tend to be mild, lasting 1 to 3 months, the most common negative effects of Lasik include dry eye, burning, itching, starbursts, halos, Night vision issues, Sensitivity to light, decreased ability to see the contrast, corneal infection, and corneal scarring.
Very few people are affected by this for a long time, but it is possible, so if you are a no-risk type of person you might pass on a Lasik Procedure.
Will I Need Lasik More than Once?
Studies show that around 10 percent of people having a Lasik procedure done need to have a second procedure. Fourteen percent of patients over 40 needed a second surgery.
It’s not as if older patients don’t do well with Lasik but a substantial percent need a second surgery to obtain the desired results.
Others will spend an hour or more talking with the clinic finance manager about how to finance their surgery. A typical Lasik procedure may be as low as $1,000 per eye and as high end as $3,000 per eye. Around $2,000 to $2500 per eye is typical.
Pretty much all of the doctors referred to by Wheaton Lasik have a financial company they work with so people can afford to have the surgery.
Unfortunately, Health Insurance Plans will not cover most Lasik procedures, considering them to be merely cosmetic. They’d rather you simply wear glasses.
Certain corrective procedures such as cataract surgery are likely to be partially covered by health insurance. If that fits you, its best to talk with the office staff about which insurance you have and they can tell you what percentage of cataract surgery is covered by your health insurance.