When was the last time you found yourself without your glasses, squinting into the distance and trying to make out the letters or picture ahead of you? Maybe it was at the movies and you realized the twelve dollars you had just spent on a ticket was a waste – you could barely make out the pictures on the screen. Or perhaps it was at a business conference and you couldn’t read the words on the screen in the front of a huge ballroom. Or maybe it was worse than either of those situations – have you ever found yourself behind the wheel without your glasses and squinting to read the signs ahead of you? Unfortunately all of these situations are regular occurrences for those of us without perfect eyesight. If your vision is not 20/20, chances are you are going to catch yourself inconvenienced.
Even for those who prefer contacts and put them in every morning as part of their routine, less than perfect eyesight can still cause problems. Contact lenses get lost. People forget their contact solution. You know the drill – you have probably lived it. For those who have lived with the problems of bad vision, it might be time to consider LASIK surgery.
LASIK surgery is a great option for many people with impaired vision. If you suffer from myopia, also known as nearsightedness, hyperopia, commonly called farsightedness, or astigmatism, which causes general blurry vision, then LASIK surgery might be a good solution for you. Of course it should go without saying that before making any final decisions about LASIK surgery you should consult with your doctor about whether it is the right answer for you.
LASIK surgery has been shown to have great results for those that undergo the procedure. If you want to stop having to remember to bring your glasses with you everywhere you go, LASIK might be the right choice for you. According to Elissa Shuler Adair, PhD, manager of health care research for Consumer Reports Health, 86% of people under the age of 40 who had LASIK surgery were still going without glasses for seeing distances for as long as nine years after the surgery.
A lot of people, though, worry about the costs of surgery. Will they be able to afford it?, many of them wonder. The answer in many cases is yes, LASIK surgery will be in your budget. However, prices do vary depending on where you have the procedure performed. That said, the average cost of LASIK surgery is about $2,150 per eye or about $4,500 for both of your eyes, according to AllAboutVision.com. Although most insurers won’t cover the entire cost of the surgery, you should consult with your health plan because some do. Other health plans entitle policyholders to discounts so check with yours.
In considering the cost, though, you need to compare it to a lifetime of going without it. The cost of contacts is about $300/year, so the surgery will begin to pay for itself after about 12 years for contact wearers.
One thing a lot of people considering LASIK surgery are looking to know is, Is LASIK safe? Of course since getting LASIK surgery requires actual surgery (as the name says!), there are some risks associated with it. But compared to other surgeries, LASIK has one of the lowest rates of complication making it one of the safest surgical procedures available. Different hospitals have different track records, so do your research when choosing the facility for you. At Duke Health, for example, the rate of complication is less than 2 percent.
As mentioned above, though, be sure to consult with your doctor to make sure it is the right choice for you! Talk to your doctor today to find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery so that you never have to worry about forgetting your glasses again!
About the Author: Emily Joseph has been a vision and eye care enthusiast ever since getting her first pair of glasses at age 9. For the past decade she has written freelance articles online for companies like Qualsight LASIK.