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LASIK is a vision correction procedure that reshapes the cornea. People with refractive errors may opt for LASIK surgery to correct vision problems like nearsightedness.
Nearsightedness, or near vision, is a vision problem where you can only see objects clearly when they are up close. This occurs when the shape of the eye causes light rays to bend and refract incorrectly.
Although wearing glasses and/or contact lenses can correct common refractive errors like near vision, LASIK is also an effective, long-term solution.
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To check if your nearsightedness qualifies for LASIK treatment, it’s always best to consult your doctor first. They will evaluate multiple factors before recommending LASIK to you.
Refractive errors are measured in diopters. A diopter is a unit used to denote the strength of the eye’s natural lens.
To qualify for modern LASIK surgery, you must have one of the following nearsightedness prescriptions:
Aside from this numerical value, your doctor will also check for and ask about other factors like:
You must consider these factors before going into surgery.
After a preoperative consultation, your doctor will tell you if you are suitable for LASIK treatment.
Essentially, LASIK eye surgery will correct nearsightedness by:
A LASIK procedure includes the following steps:
Once the LASIK procedure is complete, it’s essential to rest. Someone also needs to drive you home. You may be able to drive the next day, depending on your vision and how you feel.
During the recovery stage, a person who underwent LASIK must:
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After LASIK surgery, you can expect:
LASIK results may vary. Most people who have undergone surgery achieve the normal distance vision of 20/20.
But despite having an excellent safety record, LASIK complications can still occur. To achieve acceptable visual acuity, some people need a LASIK enhancement or touch-up a few months after the first surgery.
It’s important to discuss any concerns with your surgeon before deciding to have surgery. Make sure you’ve asked about all the pros and cons.
In 2021, the average cost for LASIK in the United States was about $2,246 per eye.
Pricing is set by surgeons who frequently perform LASIK and other laser eye procedures such as PRK, SMILE, and refractive lens exchange.
The technology your surgeon uses also has an impact on the total cost of LASIK. Different technologies include:
LASIK treatment is pricey. But if you are buying glasses or contact lenses every year or every six months, LASIK surgery will save you money in the long run.
Beware of LASIK procedures that advertisers market at low prices. If a procedure cost seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Cheap LASIK advertisements usually do not mention that the:
Before committing to LASIK surgery, make sure you have discussed the risks and itemized cost with your surgeon. Always read the fine print and check if there are hidden charges beforehand.
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