LASIK eye surgery holds the status of being the most successful vision correction procedure to date, has helped millions of people around the world achieve clear, crisp vision during the last 2 decades. Though it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1999, it still inspired lots of questions from curious would-be patients in search of a Detroit LASIK provider.
To help shed light on this popular procedure, we’ve answered a few of the most frequently asked questions about LASIK. The team at Lake Lazer Eye Center is happy to provide you with any additional information that does not appear here, simply call (586) 792-3891 or contact us online.
Am I a good candidate for LASIK?
LASIK is versatile in improving eyesight by correcting imperfections on the cornea, or the surface of the eye. If you have myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism, you may be a candidate for LASIK.
These vision problems stem from a misshapen cornea, also known as a refractive error. LASIK – an acronym for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis – is used to reshape the cornea, and thus, correct refractive errors to greatly improve vision.
The first step in determining whether LASIK is right for you is to get a thorough eye exam from a trusted LASIK provider like Lake Lazer Eye Center. If you’re a candidate, your surgeon will work with you on a treatment plan that’s perfect for your unique eyes.
Will I feel anything during LASIK surgery?
Your surgeon applies numbing eye drops before the procedure, resulting in a comfortable experience. Patients are sent home with everything they need to stay comfortable until their eyes are fully healed.
In fact, the SoftTouch LASIK procedure we perform at Lake Lazer Eye Center is faster and even less invasive than traditional LASIK methods, which is why our patients prefer this advanced laser vision correction treatment.
How long does it take to heal from LASIK?
Although recovery can vary from one person to another, most people can resume most daily activities within a few days to a week. In fact, healing begins immediately after the procedure and most patients report an immediate improvement in their eyesight, which continues over the next few days.
Because of the quick recovery, the vast majority of our patients drive themselves to their next-day post-operative appointment.
In addition to our SoftTouch LASIK procedure, we are also one of the first in the country to perform the ZEISS SMILE procedure. Similar to LASIK, ZEISS SMILE is a laser treatment that reshapes the cornea. One of the advantages of ZEISS SMILE that our patients enjoy – the quick recovery time. Patients can resume almost all normal activities the day after their procedure, including wearing eye makeup.
What is the cost of LASIK?
According to recent nationwide averages, the cost of LASIK ranges from $2000 – $3000 per eye and may or may not require surgery to both eyes. A variety of factors can influence pricing:
- Geographical location
- Economic climate
- The education, experience and skill of the surgeon and staff
- The technology with which the surgical center is equipped
Given the importance of these factors, you should never shop for a Detroit LASIK surgeon based on pricing. Read patient reviews and gather information on your surgeon’s qualifications, and surgical and diagnostic equipment, then choose a surgeon who will provide you with the greatest odds of success.
How can I afford LASIK?
If you currently wear prescription glasses and/or contact lenses, you may be surprised how much you’re spending on visual aids. Over a lifetime, an eyeglasses wearer can expect to spend $25,000 or more on annual prescriptions; the cost can be much higher for contact lens users.
You can begin recouping the cost of LASIK the very first time you don’t have to purchase pricy specs. However, because LASIK surgery fees much be paid up front, you can use several options to help you afford LASIK sooner rather than later:
- Your tax refund.
- Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). You are allowed $2,750 in untaxed contributions in your annual account.
- In-House Payment Plans. Talk to the LASIK center about low-interest financing that you can pay off with low monthly payments.
Your first step
The first step is to determine if you qualify for a vision correction treatment. We invite you to meet Dr. Khambati, who will assess your eyes and discuss your options with you. Call now to request a free, no-obligation consultation – (586) 792-3891 – or request an appointment online now.
Lake Lazer Eye Center offers convenient and affordable payment plans for SoftTouch LASIK and the ZEISS SMILE procedure, and Dr. Khambati has helped thousands of people from all over the world escape the restrictions of glasses and contacts. In the event that you’re not a candidate for vision correction, we’ll assist you with a contact lens evaluation or a selection of designer and specialty eyewear.