Tips & Advice
How long do the results of laser eye surgery last?
Laser eye surgery is a permanent reshaping of your cornea and is intended to last forever.
Can laser eye surgery be performed on both eyes at the same time?
Yes, laser eye surgery can, and usually is, performed on both eyes at the same time. No, this does not mean simultaneously, it means one after the other. It wouldn’t make much sense to schedule two surgeries, one for each eye.
Can laser eye surgery produce 20/20 vision?
Not only is 20/20 vision possible with laser eye surgery, but now some surgeries boast better than 20/20 vision and performance results. People’s vision has exceeded the best vision they have ever had, even before any decline or reduction of vision.
Does insurance cover laser eye surgery?
Laser eye surgery is so common now that most insurance providers cover at least part of cost of the procedure. You need to consult your policy and/or provider for specifics to confirm exactly what you are covered for. If you have optical insurance coverage, chances are good you are covered for laser eye surgery.
What type of laser is used for laser eye surgery?
An excimer laser is the standard laser used for laser eye surgery procedures. The excimer laser is used to reshape the cornea to correct refractive errors in the eyes. An excimer lasers are pulsed-gas discharge lasers that produce optical output in the ultraviolet range of the spectrum.
Types of laser eye surgery
The different types of laser eye surgery include LASIK (laser in situ keratomileusis), Wavefront-guided LASIK, PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), and LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis). There are other eye surgeries that are not laser-based.
What are the side effects of laser eye surgery?
The most common side effects of laser eye surgery are glare, dry eyes, seeing halos or starbursts, low-light or night vision difficulties and fluctuating vision. Many of these side effects are temporary and disappear within a couple of days of the surgery, some may linger for a while. Like any medical procedure, laser surgery has risks. While the risk factor is low, it is present. Educate yourself prior to having any procedure done.
What types of vision problems can be fixed using laser eye surgery?
Laser eyes surgery is an excellent option for correcting myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia, (farsightedness), and astigmatism (irregular shaped cornea), which are all conditions affected by the shape of the eye. Laser eye surgery is not a cure-all for eye related conditions, however, and here are other eye ailments that require other treatments.
How much laser eye surgery cost?
Laser eye surgery costs are set by the performing surgeon or clinic. You will expect to pay $250-$1,500 per eye, with some prices reaching as high as $5,000. While you will want to prioritize the quality of your surgeon through research and recommendation, you should absolutely find competitive rates. LASIK is a very common surgery, meaning the supply and demand of laser eye surgery can keep costs competitive.
How long does laser eye surgery take?
Laser eye surgery is a very fast process and can take as little as 10 minutes per eye, depending on the amount of correction. The actual laser process takes less than a minute to correct your vision. It is one of the fastest, and common, medical procedures done today.