There are many reasons people choose to go through surgery to correct their poor vision. The main reason is simply not having to rely on glasses anymore! It’s life-changing to not have to reach over to the nightstand for eyeglasses first thing in the morning!
Some who choose corrective surgery are contact lens wearers who are fed up putting in lenses and having to clean them all the time. For others, the reason is even simpler: They want to enjoy a personal life and their job with clear vision. But the mere thought of eye surgery can be scary—the procedure involves cutting a small flap in the surface cells of the cornea.
Corrective eye surgery can also be expensive for some patients. The charge is per eye and LASIK is not typically covered by insurance. As such, some choose to use their flexible spending account or cash out-of-pocket, or even seek out financing plans, to pay for it.
Whether you are planning for eye surgery or just want more information for the time being, you should talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits. Let’s take a closer look at LASIK surgery and eye care in Cape Cod, MA. Here are the pros and cons of corrective eye surgery:
- PRO—It’s quick and safe: Having surgery on your eye sounds scary, but it’s relatively quick and safe. The outpatient procedure takes an average of 20 minutes, including the time it takes to prep. Patients remain awake and medication may be given to calm nerves. For your peace of mind and to avoid injury, the laser will shut off if your eye makes any sudden movements.
- PRO—Get results fast: Once the procedure is complete, it won’t be long before you gain clear sight. Some people will notice a difference in a short few hours to a day, and many even resume most of their normal activities within 48 hours. Recovery time after having photorefractive keratectomy surgery takes longer (about a month).
- PRO—Greatly improved vision: It’s possible for people who undergo LASIK to regain 20/20 vision. However, it’s more likely to achieve the level of vision you’d get from wearing glasses or contact lenses.
- CON—It’s not suitable for everyone: Unfortunately, not everyone who wants LASIK will be eligible. This group includes individuals 40 years and older, mostly because they may have presbyopia.
- CON—Some risks exist: The most common side effect of LASIK is dry eyes. You might need to use artificial tears for a few months afterward. Having to use them permanently is uncommon, as is experiencing nighttime glare or halos. These risks are much lower today than they used to be.
- CON—The flaps can be injured: Rubbing your eyes while they heal can injure the flaps created during the procedure. They are not fully secured so any trauma can dislodge them, even many years after surgery.
There’s no question that Bayview Optometrics offers the best eye care in Cape Cod, MA. Call us today with questions about corrective eye surgery and more!