What is Lasik Eye Surgery?

If you want to toss those eyeglasses, Lasik eye surgery is a great option for you! This surgery is a wonderful way to correct vision problems, such as astigmatism, farsightedness, or nearsightedness. After having the procedure, almost 90% of patients will not need to wear corrective lenses all of the time. However, it is possible to still need reading glasses.

What to Expect from Lasik Surgery

Every patient is different, but there are several things that most people can expect if you decide to have Lasik eye surgery.

Before you have the surgery, you will need to:

  • Stop wearing your contact lenses as directed by your doctor
  • Wear absolutely no eye makeup the day of the surgery
  • Find someone to take you home after the surgery
  • Realize that you will probably have to pay for the surgery out of pocket

During the surgery:

  • The surgery is usually less than 30 minutes
  • You may be given a medication to help you relax, but you will be awake for the procedure
  • Numbing drops will be put in your eye, and your eyelids will be propped open
  • You will have to focus on a light while the doctor performs the surgery


After the surgery:

  • Your eyes may burn immediately after the surgery.
  • Blurred vision is normal.
  • You will receive pain medication and eye drops before you go home.
  • A follow-up exam will be scheduled soon after the surgery.

What are the Advantages of Lasik?

The advantages of Lasik are numerous. Most people report little to no pain with the procedure, and it corrects vision problems immediately or within a few days. Lasik surgery patients do not need bandages or stitches after the procedure, and adjustments can be made several years later to correct vision problems even more. Best of all, it is a fairly simple surgery that is performed on an out-patient basis. Also, the cost of Lasik eye surgery is less than buying eyeglasses or contacts for the rest of your life.


Are there any Disadvantages?

One big disadvantage to Lasik is that it is not reversible.  All changes made to the cornea of the eye will be permanent. Technically, this is a complicated surgery and problems could develop when the flap is cut by the doctor. Although it happens rarely, Lasik can cause a loss of your best vision, which means the best vision results you had while you were wearing your corrective lenses.  Some side effects are possible, such as dry eyes and glare.  You may also experience difficulty if you drive at night. Another disadvantage could be that Lasik eye surgery costs could be expensive.

What is an average cost for Lasik Eye Surgery?

The cost of Lasik eye surgery varies from person to person. Each surgical center and surgeon charge different amounts. On the bright side, the cost has not gone up much in the last few years. On average, a laser-based correction surgery will cost around $2,100.  For a surgery that uses a bladed instrument, you can expect to pay about $1,700. If your doctor decides you need a wave-front procedure, it could cost about $1,900. Only your surgeon can help you decide which procedure would get you the best results, so be sure to discuss any concerns you have with the surgeon.


Will Insurance Cover any of the Cost?

Because Lasik surgery is usually an elective surgery, most insurance companies will not cover the cost. In some instances, the surgery is not cosmetic but medically necessary. If this is the case, insurance companies will cover the cost. Some examples could be for surgery to correct problems that are a result of an accident or injury. If the injury is a result of a problem during a previous surgery, it will probably be covered.

Lasik eye surgery costs may be covered by insurance if a patient has severe refractive problems. Insurance companies vary wildly on what they consider severe, so you need to call your insurance provider to see what their coverage is. If a person has a disability and is unable to wear eyeglasses or contacts, insurance companies might pay for the surgery.

Lasik eye surgery can be expensive, but if you truly want to stop wearing glasses and contacts, this could be the answer you are looking for.