Less than perfect vision is a hindrance and generally constitutes a lower quality of life. The prospect of being able to throw your glasses or contact lenses away for good is certainly enticing. LASIK eye surgery has made that happen for many people around the globe. With anything, there are some negatives associated with the surgery and you will ultimately have to ask yourself whether or not the eye surgery is for you.
The pros of getting the surgery are seemingly obvious. Whether you need glasses for minor vision defects or suffer from glaucoma or cataracts, as long as the surgery goes well you will have perfect or near perfect vision. LASIK eye surgery is noninvasive and the initial recovery time is only a couple of days. You will likely have perfect vision just a few weeks after the surgery.
Much debate is associated with the cost, yet little attention is given to all the financial benefits of LASIK eye surgery in the long run. Prescription eye glasses are costly and are often not fully covered by insurance. Contact lenses are a constant expense and require vigorous upkeep. Both eyeglasses and contacts can limit your ability to participate in contact sports and certain professions deem glasses as hazardous.
While techniques for performing laser surgery have certainly improved over the last several years, there are still risks and some of them are potentially devastating. There is a chance, albeit slim, that you will suffer from double vision or star effects after the surgery. In more extreme cases your vision may be seriously damaged, although this risk can be mostly negated by choosing an experienced and trustworthy surgeon. Make sure to take the time to do the necessary research before undergoing the procedure.
Even if things go as planned, many patients suffer from dry eyes or hazy vision for the first few weeks after the surgery. In order to ensure the best possible outcome, you must follow the sometimes rigorous instructions provided by your surgeon. This may include using a lubricant every couple of hours and a protective patch for the first week as your fragile cornea begins to heal.
Ultimately you will save money on eyewear but the cost of the surgery will be much heftier cost if you look at it in short-terms. Given the minimal, yet daunting, risks of the surgery and the high cost, there is a school of thought that getting just one eye done at a time is the optimal choice. That way, you’ll be able to see the results while only damaging one eye if an unfortunate circumstance were to occur. Also, the cost of the surgery would be cut in half. Whatever you decide, it is vital to weigh your options, both medically and financially, before opting for laser eye surgery.