Do you have a vision problem and are tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses? Perhaps, it’s time to consider LASIK surgery. LASIK stands for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, which is basically just a fancy way of saying that using a laser beam, your cornea will be reshaped thereby improving your vision.
But hold on! Before you go running to that clinic down the street ready to throw money at them, there are some things you must know about LASIK. So, can everyone get LASIK? Read on to find out.
What Exactly Is LASIK Surgery?
To give us an understanding of what we are dealing with here; let me take off my belt and drop some knowledge bombs (figuratively please)…
During the procedure which typically lasts 30 minutes tops- local anesthesia is administered through eye drops after which, a vacuum suction device placed atop your eye holds your eyeball in place while the surgeon creates a thin flap (hence why another name for the procedure is “Flap and Zap”) by cutting into the corneal tissue then folds it back so as to reveal underlying layers beneath. The next stage involves distributing pulses from an excimer laser across said areas hence vaporizing excess or damaged cell matter blockages that cause visual impairment resulting in sharpness afterwards.
Before You Get All Excited
Don’t worry; I am not trying to discourage anyone from getting this life-changing procedure done. Just before you start imagining yourself reading license plates from galaxies far away without any aid at all (a girl can dream ok?!) we first need ascertain what factors determine suitability for Lasik surgery.
The FDA explains that those under 18 aren’t yet eligible as their eyes change until they reach mid-twenties like the rest of our personalities – settling into their adult shape along the way. The older you become, the greater possibility of developing age-related eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts or cat-eye-syndrome ( kidding on this one ). It is important to understand that your vision should be stable for at least a year before undergoing Lasik surgery.
Pregnant? You’ll have to wait till it’s over because hormonal changes during pregnancy can temporarily change corneal thickness and moisture content which could result in inaccurate measurements and explanations prior/or after operation.
If you are suffering from certain conditions such as keratoconus(an inherited disease), dry eye syndrome(Sicca Syndrome) or other auto-immune system disorders then chances are high that you’d not be considered as a candidate due to possible complications arising post-operation with LASIK. Patients who have had an active herpes infection within 6 months of their planned laser surgery date would need treatment beforehand too.
Am I A Candidate?
LASIK might just be the answer to all our problems but it’s important to note that candidacy also depends on qualification status based on several factors highlighted below :
Candidates’ different prescription requires stability; hence doctors usually advise making sure there hasn’t been any significant prescriptions changes within recent times.
If your pupils are naturally large when light conditions dim i.e.at nighttime glare may worsen causing irritation so ideally small-to-medium-sized ones work best- kindly refer back to point number 9 about my galactic dreams rendering LARGE sized ones adequately inconvenient for me – but you do what’s suitable!
### Lens Thickness
Patients with thin corneas aren’t ideal candidates since they don’t possess enough underlying tissue which needs remodelling through proper reshaping using lasers
## Cost Implications – Can Everyone Afford It? Are There Payment Plans?
LASIK sight-correcting procedures cost between $1,200 to $4,500 per eye in most cases. This doesn’t include several additional treatment options whose prices may vary greatly depending upon certain factors- it’s crucial therefore that one take the time to find an accredited establishment with a verified specialist on hand instead of going for budget alternatives.
### Insurance Disclaimer: Some insurance plans cover LASIK procedures although they are quite limited and have exclusions.
Unsure about payment plan compatibility? No worries! Many centers offer financing programs dependent on credit score fluctuations ranging between 5% – 25%
## Final Thought
LASIK has been proven in hindsight as a revolutionary almost magical eyesight correction procedure but while it just might be what we all need, there are some considerations before taking this step such as candidacy status based on age limitations(underlying health conditions), cost implications/payment options among other things.LASIK me – or not; now you know what’s up Doc (literally!!)
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