Remedies for poor eyesight have been around since the 13th century, when some believe the first eyeglasses were invented, but technology has come a long way since then, with more permanent solutions such as LASIK.
Even after just two decades, that procedure has improved. In the 1990s when LASIK first got approval from the Food and Drug Administration, there was a 65 percent success rate, compared with 90 to 98 percent of people reporting 20/20 vision today, according to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
LASIK is a procedure that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism by using a laser to make a protective flap over the cornea.
Considering LASIK for yourself? Here are some things to think about when evaluating if the procedure is for you.
If you’re considering LASIK, you’ve probably already spent your fair share on glasses and contacts. LASIK is a one-time permanent procedure that can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 per eye (be cautious if you find people willing to do the procedure for less, as they may not have the most up-to-date equipment and licenses), and in some cases will be covered by insurance. If your insurance doesn’t cover the cost, money from flexible spending accounts can often be used toward LASIK.
Whether travel and leisure or an active lifestyle is your preference, LASIK makes it easier to do the things you love. If you've traveled with eyewear before, you know what a pain it is to lose, break or forget this precious cargo. After the procedure, there's no more bringing backup sets of contacts on vacation, worrying about dry eyes or your glasses falling off on the boat or beach or sweating during a workout and maneuvering your glasses so they don’t fall off. With LASIK, you’ll face no hassle doing the things you love.
Have you ever complained about glasses giving you headaches or contact lenses giving you eye infections or dry eyes? LASIK is a way to prevent these issues and more serious health concerns down the road. Even 15 to 20 years after the procedure, patients report having not only better vision but great eye health.
Not only is the procedure incredibly short (on average less than 10 minutes per eye), but one of the things people love so much about LASIK is seeing the results almost immediately. Vision can improve overnight.
If you’re considering LASIK, contact Ophthalmic Surgeons & Physicians, which specializes in LASIK as well as comprehensive ophthalmic examinations and treatment, including dry eye treatment and diabetic retinal examinations, cataract and implant surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, cosmetic eyelid surgery and eyebrow lifts, glaucoma evaluation, refractive services, Botox, Juvederm and skin care treatments.