Be free of glasses with corrective eye surgery
Eye surgery is used to treat a range of medical conditions and vision deficiencies, including astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness, cataracts and glaucoma. Surgeons also operate on the eyes, and particularly the eyelashes, for cosmetic purposes.
LASIK eye surgery, which reshapes the cornea, is the most commonly applied procedure, but it is only one of several forms of corrective eye surgery. Other types of laser eye surgery include lens implants and treatments that delay or prevent degenerative eye conditions. The exact procedure you will need to correct your vision depends on the nature of your eye problem, which can be determined by consulting a licensed LASIK surgeon. Treatments for glaucoma or cataracts will be prescribed by your physician and will depend on the exact nature and severity of your condition.
What to Expect Before and After Eye Surgery
Whether you're getting refractive eye surgery, another vision correction procedure or treatment for cataracts or glaucoma, there are some commonalities to consider.
During the procedure, you will likely be given a local anesthetic to kill any pain sensation, as well as regional anesthetics designed to freeze muscle movement and keep the cornea in place during the procedure. General anesthesia is usually reserved for emergency surgeries on serious eye injuries and for patients experiencing extreme anxiety about the procedure.
After surgery, you will likely be given topical medications that keep the eye lubricated and free of infection. It is very important that you apply these as directed by your physician or LASIK surgeon to reduce any possibility of postoperative complications. If you experience eye pain after your procedure, contact your family doctor or the clinic where your procedure was performed so your discomfort can be treated.
Paying for Corrective Eye Surgery
The cost of LASIK eye surgery will vary depending on the schedule of fees set by the individual clinic. You'll have to investigate to find out whether or not your health insurance policy will cover all or some of the costs.
If you have to shoulder the cost of LASIK eye surgery yourself, you can find clinics that offer flexible and convenient payment plans. It is common for clinics to allow patients to pay off their debts in monthly installments, and you may be able to get corrective eye surgery without paying anything up front.