There are millions of people who are potential laser vision correction patients. However, many of these patients choose to rely on glass and contact lenses for clear vision, or to just deal with blurry vision, rather than undergo refractive surgery to permanently improve vision. In the majority of cases, men and women who have nearsighted vision, farsighted vision, and astigmatic vision don't undergo laser vision correction because they feel that the cost of LASIK and similar procedures is too high; others are afraid to undergo laser eye surgery; still others do not know enough about available procedures such as LASIK eye surgery, PRK, Epi-LASIK, LASEK, SBK, and the placement of implantable contact lenses (ICLs).
The Cost of Laser Vision Correction Surgery
Most eye surgeons in the United States charge at least $500 per eye for refractive surgery. While the cost may seem high, the price of laser eye surgery is cheaper than a lifetime supply of contact lenses and glasses. Further, most patients can obtain low interest financing to break down the cost of treatment into smaller monthly payments that you can easily afford.
Fear of Eye Surgery
Most people don't want a surgeon to create an incision in the eye. While refractive surgery does require the creation of an incision in the eye, and in many cases, corneal reshaping with a laser, the entire procedure takes less than 10 minutes. Patients are given eye numbing drops and drops that black out vision for the duration of surgery. Many surgeons also provide patients with anti-anxiety medication to make them feel more at ease during the procedure.
Laser Eye Surgery Information
While most people have heard of LASIK, many patients are not fully aware how the procedure works, or of the alternatives to LASIK eye surgery. Most patients that have undergone laser vision correction are fully satisfied with the results and wonder why they didn't have the procedure done sooner.