Perfect vision is something we all wish for. Wearing contacts and eye glasses are an inconvenience. They tend to get in the way while pursuing sports and many recreational activities. This is the reason many people seek LASIK treatment. With LASIK eye surgery the patient has surgery using a laser to reshape the eyes cornea. The cornea is the clear dome that makes up the front of your eye. The cornea is shaped to improve your focus of light rays sent to the retina.
With any surgery there are risks to way in connection with the rewards that you will receive. Before you meet with a LASIK eye doctor here are some things to consider. When initially meeting with your ophthalmologist make sure to get clear answers to all of your questions and concerns. This list of things to think about before LASIK surgery will hopefully lead to meaningful conversation between you and your eye surgeon.
- LASIK eye surgery is not reversible. It is also surgery to a very sensitive part of you, your eyes.
- With LASIK there are serious risks and complications involved. This is true for any surgery no matter how minor it may seem.
- LASIK is not for everyone. It is however a surgery that offers freedom from eye glasses and contacts to millions of people.
- It is a misconception that LASIK provides perfect vision for everyone. Nine out of ten patients have vision ranging between twenty-twenty and twenty-forty. Twenty-forty may not always be crisp enough for detailed work or recreational activities. Be sure to ask what type of results are expected for you personally.
- After LASIK eye surgery that corrects distance vision, reading glasses could still be needed. Age-related loss of sight cannot prevent further aging of the eye. It corrects the vision problems that you are dealing with currently. The loss of focusing within the eye happens as we age. This is not something that we can correct with LASIK.
- Another thing to consider is needing reading glasses sooner that you may have after LASIK. This is a possible side effect of using laser eye surgery to correct nearsightedness. This could be the case even if you previously did not have to wear reading glasses.
- Again, as you age your eyes will age as well. There is nothing that can be done to cure the aging process. Even after LASIK eye surgery is performed your eyesight and focus may start to decrease. The thing to think about is that it is now decreasing from perfection. Without LASIK your eyes continue to diminish from the sight point where you are at.
- It should also be noted that laser eye vision surgery is not covered by most major insurance plans. The procedure is seen as elective and therefore as something that does not have to be done but rather is done as a convenience. For you this means that the expense will be out of pocket. You will want to talk with your LASIK provider about the costs associated with the surgery as a whole including care before and after the surgery.