Why Is LASIK So Popular?

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When it comes to wearing glasses or contacts, the frustration with them can get old fast! Waking up and seeing nothing but a blur is scary and annoying.

So what about LASIK? After all, it is the most popular elective procedure. Keep reading to find out why this procedure is so popular!

High Success Rate and Recovery

LASIK is a non-invasive, quick, and painless surgery. Before the procedure, you’ll receive numbing eye drops. Yes, that’s right: you can’t feel anything during LASIK!

This includes pain, so it is painless. Each eye takes about 15 minutes to complete. During the procedure, you may feel slight pressure but it’s over within seconds.

The recovery time is also quick. Your vision will normalize after a few days and you can also return to work the next day if you want to. The full recovery process takes a few months, and your vision will keep improving!

Your LASIK surgeon will provide you with all instructions and prescriptions for recovering. The best part: almost all patients who get LASIK end up with 20/20 vision or better! LASIK has a satisfaction rate of 96% with patients who have had it.

Lifestyle Change

Many daily activities become easier when you don’t have to worry about glasses or contact lenses. If you are an athlete or an active person, LASIK is beyond beneficial.

Running, swimming, yoga, and many other fitness activities become simpler. This is especially true for contact sports, where even a contact lens can get knocked out of place.

Traveling is also simpler when you don’t have to worry about packing glasses or contacts. Even something as mundane as falling asleep becomes easier! No more worrying about falling asleep in your contacts and waking up with crusty eyes!

Permanent Results

The improvement of vision from LASIK lasts several years if not decades. This means that your eyes will stay crystal clear until they age. Yes, your eyes continue aging, even after LASIK.

This is because LASIK only reshapes your cornea to correct refractive errors. With vision changes like presbyopia, the lens in your eye becomes less flexible due to age.

If you don’t want to wear reading glasses after enjoying clear vision, consider a premium IOL.

For some patients, their vision may become less clear after LASIK, but not because of age. Rarely, patients may opt for a LASIK enhancement. This usually occurs five to ten years after the initial LASIK procedure.

Affordability

Unfortunately, LASIK is an elective surgery that insurance won’t cover. The cost out of pocket per eye is between 1,500 and 2,500 dollars on average.

This can cause a significant financial strain on many people. If the up-front cost of LASIK is too much, you may think you can’t afford LASIK. But you can actually finance the procedure! There are many different options available for financing LASIK surgery.

Check with the practice that’s performing your LASIK as they may have zero interest payments. They may also offer fixed-rate and long-term payment plans.

Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts can help. You’ll have to check with your employer to see if they offer them. If so, FSA’s and HSA’s can cover part or even all the cost.

Ready to find out if LASIK could be right for you? Contact Associates in Ophthalmology in Livingston, New Jersey to schedule your LASIK consultation!

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