What you should know before surgery, what will happen during the surgery, and what you should expect after surgery.
LASER EYE SURGERY
Since it's development in 1990, LASIK laser eye surgery has successfully improved the vision of millions of people worldwide. The popularity of LASIK can be attributed to the desire of people who want to end their dependency on glasses or contacts and the high success rate of the surgery. Most people who have had LASIK laser eye surgery are satisfied with the outcome and feel that their quality of life improved.
What is LASIK?
LASIK is one of many eye surgery options, but it is the most commonly performed laser vision correction procedure. In simple terms, a flap is cut in the top layer of the eye and folded back so a laser can reshape the surface of the eye and then the flap is put back and the eye heals.
New LASIK Technology
LASIK technology has continued to advance and evolve over the years, with better results and more options. The various options allow more people to qualify as acceptable candidates for refractive eye correction using laser technology. Laser eye surgery advancements and options include custom LASIK using Wavefront technology and blade-free LASIK utilizing an IntraLase laser.
The Cost of LASIK
There is not one "right" price for laser eye surgery. The cost of LASIK will vary as there are many factors which affect treatment, including the choice of surgeon, the equipment and quality of the laser system used, the quality of care given to each patient, vision prescription, and the type of procedures being performed. The price will even vary between geographical areas, with differing regional prices between New York and California.
Choosing a LASIK Doctor
One of the most important decisions is choosing the eye surgeon that will perform the surgery. An experienced and reputable doctor will increase the likelihood of a positive outcome. To find a qualified doctor, try to get a recommendation from your primary eye doctor and talk to other people who have had eye surgery. Also, be wary of discount eye centers that offer rates much lower than other doctors - you usually get what you pay for - and you will most likely be sacrificing quality of care and treatment.