LASIK eye surgery is a common eye procedure that helps in correcting low to moderate vision problems. This procedure is painless and quick, but it has some risks and complications like other surgical procedures.
Although the LASIK procedure may correct your vision problems, understanding what happens before, during and after the procedure can help you prepare better—having a realistic expectation before your LASIK eye surgery is also important.
Most LASIK eye surgeons will explain the procedure in detail to you, discuss your expectation and inform you of possible risks and complications that may arise. During your LASIK eye surgery consultation, it is necessary to ask questions about the procedure to understand it better.
Below are some LASIK eye surgery frequently asked questions.
Can I undergo LASIK?
Being a suitable candidate for LASIK depends on several factors. During your consultation, your eye doctor will ask you important questions about your general and eye health then take your health history to determine if you are suitable for the procedure.
Your vision problems and eye health are important determining factors for undergoing LASIK eye surgery. If you have any health issues like diabetes and autoimmune disease, your eye doctor may not recommend LASIK.
LASIK eye surgery is unsuitable for people below 18 years and those with some degenerative eye diseases. The LASIK surgeon will consider all these before recommending LASIK eye surgery to avoid a poor result.
Does LASIK have complications?
Yes, it does. Like other medical and surgical procedures, LASIK has some risks and complications. However, these complications rarely occur.
A common side effect of LASIK treatment is reduced low light vision, which may cause halos and glares at night. However, the side effects subside.
Some LASIK patients report long-term complications, but this doesn’t happen often. Some patients also notice deteriorated vision after LASIK eye surgery.
Will LASIK eliminate the need for corrective lenses?
Most people who undergo LASIK eye surgery may still need contacts or glasses, but this doesn’t mean the procedure was ineffective. The LASIK procedure does not provide complete vision correction, so people who undergo LASIK should haverealistic expectations.
How much does LASIK eye surgery cost?
The cost of your LASIK procedure for vision correction depends on several factors such as the method used, your location and your eye condition. On average, LASIK eye surgery cost about £1400.
Does Insurance cover LASIK eye surgery cost?
LASIK eye surgery is an elective procedure, so in most cases, insurance does not cover it. However, some extended insurance plans may cover part of LASIK eye surgery costs.
If you want to undergo LASIK and your insurance plan doesn’t cover it, you can check with your employer because some employers give their employees certain rates for undergoing LASIK in specific clinics. In some cases, you can pay forthe LASIK procedure with a cafeteria plan.
Do I need time off work for the LASIK procedure?
Yes, you do. Most patients need some time away from work to recover following their LASIK eye surgery. However, the time needed off work varies depending on your work. Some people can return to work within 2 – 3 days, especially if the job is sedentary.
Your eyes need to rest after LASIK eye surgery, so engaging in computer work may disturb your eyes after the procedure. You can discuss with your surgeon the best time to return to work.
Is LASIK eye surgery painful?
LASIK eye surgery is painless and quick. The procedure takes about 1- 2 minutes per eye. Before the procedure, the surgeon will administer numbing eye drops, but you will remain awake during the surgery.
If you feel uncomfortable about being conscious during the procedure, you can request a sedative. Following LASIKtreatment, most patients can leave the clinic without help, but it is best to arrange for your friend or relative to drive you home afterwards.
If you are considering LASIK eye surgery in London, visit thelasik.co.uk to see a LASIK surgeon or call 020 7183 3622 to book a LASIK eye surgery consultation.