You may have thought about Lasik surgery if you’re tired of wearing glasses. Whether nearsighted or farsighted, Lasik is a fast and effective way to improve your vision.
The price range for Lasik in the Garrettsville, OH, area is between $1,000 and $3,000 per eye.
What is Lasik?
Lasik (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is a specialized type of eye surgery. The doctor shapes the cornea (the transparent tissue covering your pupil and iris) with a cutting laser, improving your vision.
With Lasik, many people can stop wearing corrective lenses. According to the American Refractive Surgery Council, Lasik surgery is over 90 percent effective and rarely has serious side effects. Ninety-six percent of patients are satisfied with treatment results.
How Lasik Works
Vision problems like nearsightedness and farsightedness happen when light is not bent (refracted) properly toward the back of the eye or the retina. By shaping the cornea, the surgeon fixes the refraction of light in your eye and clears your vision.
In addition to nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia), Lasik can treat astigmatism. This problem happens when the cornea is flattened or uneven, blurring vision.
The Surgical Process
First, you may receive medication to help you relax throughout the procedure. You will get numbing drops for your eye.
The surgeons will apply special instruments to hold your eyelids open. They will put a suction ring on your eye to flatten and lift the cornea. You may feel pressure.
The surgeon continues by cutting a hinged flap on the outer surface of your eye. The surgeon bends the flap back to access the cornea.
Next, the surgeon uses a programmed laser to shape the cornea. They will close the flap they made. The flap can heal on its own.
After Lasik Surgery
After surgery, you should rest. Keep your eyes closed for at least six hours to avoid bright light. You may experience discomfort at this time. Your doctor will supply you with pain medication and eye drops if needed.
Try not to read or use computers, smartphones, or televisions for 24 hours after surgery.
Advantages of Lasik
Here are the advantages of getting Lasik surgery:
- Stop Wearing Glasses or Contacts: If you have had corrective lenses for many years, you may be excited to leave them behind.
- Quick and Efficient: Lasik takes only a few hours at the clinic from start to finish.
- Fast Recovery Time: You may have clear vision within 24 hours, but sometimes it could take a few days to see results.
Am I a Good Candidate For Lasik?
Good candidates for Lasik are over 21. It would be best if you were in general and eye health. You should have stable prescriptions for at least a year before the surgery.
The approximate price range for Lasik in the Garrettsville, OH, area is between $1,000 and $4,000 per eye.
According to the Journal of Clinical Opthalmology, the national average cost is $2,632 per eye.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have answered some of our patients’ common questions here:
How long does Lasik take?
Lasik takes about half an hour. A patient can be in and out of the office in two hours. If the surgeon does both eyes, they will typically do them on the same day.
Are there any side effects?
In the early 90s, while Lasik technology was new, many patients worried about side effects like poor night vision and halos around objects. Fortunately, these side effects are now rare. Dry eye is the most common side effect. The satisfaction rate of 96 percent speaks for itself.
Does Lasik treat age-related vision problems or presbyopia?
No, Lasik does not treat this issue. People over 40 may still need glasses to correct this problem.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t get Lasik?
Always speak to a surgeon to see whether you are a good candidate, but a few pre existing conditions might make it difficult for you to get the procedure.
These conditions include autoimmune disorders, uncontrolled diabetes, pregnancy, nursing, and significant dry eye. Also, those under 18 should not get the procedure since vision often changes before this age.
Choosing to Get Lasik
Educating yourself needs to be the first step in making a major medical decision. Lasik is a safe, effective procedure that only takes a few hours. The procedure has become quite affordable in the Garrettsville area.
Andrews Eyecare Center provides exceptional eye care and eyeglass care for the family. Optometrist Dr. Timothy Andrews and his expert team provide a range of eyecare procedures, such as emergency visits, Lasik, cataract surgery, glaucoma and optic nerve disease treatments, and more. Contact Andrews Eyecare Center at their Garrettsville or Middlefield offices today!