The benefits and drawbacks of LASIK
Right now more and more people will take LASIK surgery to correct their vision problems. But before you make a decision to take such kind of eye surgery, it is necessary to know some basic information of its benefits and drawbacks. Getting a comprehensive understanding of this surgery will lead to a wise decision.
Painless LASIK can correct myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism
If you choose LASIK, you do not need to worry about the inconvenience brought by wearing glasses or contacts at all, because a very small percentage of patients may still need corrective lenses afterwards. LASIK can also help patients with astigmatism quite well. It is painless and takes very little time to complete the procedure. Your eyes will not get discomfort for your surgeon will provide you with anesthetic eye drops. You don’t need to worry about it because it is not a general anesthetic.
LASIK can bring permanent clear vision restoration
You can be awake and alert during the procedure which can also help speed the recovery process. The result of this surgery is permanent and is generally stable and can be effective immediately, though some patients need one day to see noticeable results after the procedure.
LASIK surgeries have a quite high success rate
You can take this surgery just in one day, so that you even do not need to be hospitalized. LASIK procedures have a very high rate of success that only an estimated 1% of the patients will experience vision degeneration after the surgery. So, it is quite safe to take this kind of surgery.
An unaffordable price
However, LASIK also has some drawbacks. A recent survey of Atlanta LASIK surgeons reveals that LASIK typically costs between $4,000 and $5,000, which can not be covered by most health care insurance plans. Without the help from an insurance plan, such a high price is unaffordable by most average individuals. This to a large degree explains why most ordinary people do not have an equal access to this surgery as the rich.
Potential side effects and imperfect outcomes
After you take this surgery, you need to wear a pair of dark glasses because your eyes will be very sensitive to light. You may have dry eye and blurry night vision which may last for a long time. LASIK procedure may also bring the side effect of vision fluctuation. Slow healing is another problem after the surgery which will take excessively a week or longer.
Some patients are not eligible
Finally, LASIK is not suitable for some groups of patients. People who have glaucoma or some eye diseases can not take this kind of surgery. Before taking this procedure, it is necessary to figure out whether you are qualified. For people who have a particular eye disease or a related family history, making a consultation with an experienced and qualified surgeon beforehand is a must.
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