Living with vision impairment can be stressful. Not only will it affect your ability to read, watch television and drive, but problems with your vision also prevent you from seeing and making memories in a clear, concise manner.
While prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses are the most common solutions for patients with vision impairments, LASIK surgical
correction is growing in popularity due to its effective and efficient nature. If you are one of the 285 million individuals living with a vision impairment, use this guide to determine if laser eye surgery is right for you.
It Is Fast
Most patients are surprised by how quickly the LASIK procedure is performed. On average, laser eye surgery can correct your vision within 15 minutes for both eyes. Of course, understanding how this is accomplished is helpful.
To get started, your surgeon will numb the eye with an anesthetic. You will be awake during the procedure, but you should remain calm and relaxed since you are safe and will not experience any pain.
Once the eye is numb, your surgeon will use a specialized tool to create a hinged flap over the cornea. This flap is then pulled back to expose the corneal tissue, allowing your surgeon to reshape the cornea in a manner that will correct your vision. They will then reposition the corneal flap over the eye and suture the incisions.
It Is Effective
Another surprising fact about laser eye correction is that it is effective for most patients who suffer from common vision issues. LASIK is an effective option for patients living with the following types of vision impairment:
- Myopia – Also known as nearsightedness, myopia is a condition that allows you to see close objects clearly while objects farther away are blurry.
- Hyperopia – Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is the opposite of myopia. If you have farsightedness, you can see objects further away more clearly compared to objects closer to you.
- Astigmatism – If you have astigmatism, your cornea is flat or unevenly shaped, resulting in blurry vision.
In many instances, a patient's vision will see improvement during the actual surgical procedure. However, vision will continue to improve each day after the surgery.
It Is Affordable
One reason many patients avoid laser vision correction is the cost. Fortunately, the procedure is very affordable and more cost effective option compared to prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and accessories over the course of a lifetime.
The total cost depends on your specific type of vision impairment and insurance coverage. Contact your insurance provider to determine if they cover a portion or offer discounts on laser vision correction.
Using health savings or flexible savings account to pay for your laser vision correction is also possible. These tax-advantaged savings accounts allow you to use the funds on qualified medical purchases, without the worry of coming up with the funds from your traditional bank accounts.
Recovery Is Simple
Along with being a safe and efficient procedure itself, laser vision correction requires a short and simple recovery time.
Your eye doctor will give you sunglasses to wear immediately after the procedure. These glasses will protect your eye, reducing any possible discomfort from air and light. You can go home right after having LASIK, but make sure you have a friend or family member with you to drive.
The numbing medication wears off after a few minutes of completing the surgery so that you may experience some slight discomfort, itching, and watering in the eye. Do not rub or scratch the eye since this may affect the effectiveness of the surgery. Your doctor will prescribe medicated drops after the procedure to reduce discomfort and prevent infections.
Laser vision correction is a smart option for millions of people. To learn more about this innovative option to improve your vision, contact Beeve Vision Care Center today.