It’s a common question that anyone with glasses or contact lenses considers; should I get LASIK? The question often comes down to how safe and costly LASIK surgery is. When compared to wearing contact lenses, there are some surprising cost and safety benefits to choosing LASIK over contact lenses.
If you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have other vision problems that can be corrected with laser eye surgery, you may be wondering if you can cover the costs of LASIK procedures. Laser eye surgery has become increasingly affordable in the last ten years as more surgeons offer advanced treatment and more services.
Choosing LASIK surgery for vision correction is not the same as it was 10 or 12 years ago. In 1994, when Baltimore ophthalmologist Anthony Kameen had LASIK surgery to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism, his options were not very extensive: a small mechanical blade, called a microkeratome, created a flap on his cornea, after which a conventional excimer laser was used to reshape the tissue underneath so that the cornea would be able to focus light directly on the retina, as it would in a normal eye. That was, in a nutshell, the only way LASIK was performed then. Now, of course, the technology is much more advanced including smoother and more precise lasers, allowing patients to achieve better vision than ever possible before. The newest technological addition to Dr. Kameen's refractive surgery office is a machine called IntraLase, which allows patients to avoid operation via a metal blade, using a special laser that is used only for the purpose of flap creation.
If you are experiencing blurred/ hazy vision, spots in front of the eye(s), sensitivity to glare, and/or a feeling of “film” over the eye(s), there is a good chance you are experiencing symptoms of a cataract. A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens in the front of the eye, which is normally clear and usually there is no pain associated with the condition.
Konrad Filutowski, M.D., Founder, Chief Surgeon and Medical Director, Filutowski Cataract & LASIK Institute, Orlando/Lake Mary/Daytona, FL. Dr. Filutowski received his medical degree from Columbia College, NY. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
If you’ve been thinking about getting laser eye surgery but are concerned about LASIK cost and treatment prices, take some time to review the breakdown of costs below. The average cost of LASIK in the United States can range from $2,000 to $4,000+ per eye, depending on the type of laser used and the surgeon. Understanding what LASIK costs are can be confusing but you will get a better sense of estimated costs during your consultation.
You may already be stocking up on carrots to keep your vision in great shape, but did you know there are dozens of other foods that can reduce your risk of vision loss? Poor eyesight is often associated with aging and genetics, but experts suggest that eyesight damage can be prevented with everyday foods. Adding a few leafy greens, dark chocolate and garlic to your daily plate are just a few ways to keep your eyes – and body – in good health.
As more contact lens wearers turn to LASIK surgery for long-term vision correction, options for refractive eye surgery procedures continue to rise. MarketScope reports more than 17 million people around the world have had LASIK surgery since its inception in the early ‘90s, and approximately 8 million Americans are enjoying the benefits of clear vision.
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