Corrective eye surgery is a heaven-sent for most people. Because of this procedure, they have improved their vision and eliminated the need for those bothersome eyeglasses and contact lenses. Today, corrective laser eye surgery is one of the newest and bays ways to have your eyesight corrected. There are generally two types of corrective laser eye surgery. There’s PRK, which stands for photorefractive keratectomy and Lasik, which means Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis.
Corrective laser eye surgery works by reshaping the cornea, allowing you to see much better. Laser eye surgery works best for people who suffer from myopia, or nearsightedness, hyperopia or farsightedness and astigmatism. The whole process takes less than ten minutes per eye so the surgery doesn’t require patients to stay in the hospital overnight. In fact, many patients walk out the door an hour after coming into the clinic! Then they can expect to resume to their normal, everyday activities in just a matter of days after the surgery. Patients report to having their eyesight dramatically improved so they no longer have to go through the hassles of wearing glasses and contact lenses.
Still, not everyone who wishes to undergo corrective surgery can. Prices of such seemingly simple surgeries can be prohibitive. Some corrective eye surgeries cost about a thousand dollars, just for one eye! In the United States, patients pay anywhere between $500 to about $2,000 per eye. The variations are due to a number of factors, including the area or the state where the corrective eye surgery is performed, as well as the equipment used and the degree of visual impediment of the patient. For example, if you suffer from severe astigmatism, then you are likely to pay much more compared to someone who suffers from mild astigmatism.
Unfortunately, most health insurance companies don’t cover corrective laser eye surgeries because this type of surgery is deemed as cosmetic. Still, keep in mind that you shouldn’t settle for anything less than the best. After all, you are dealing with a very valuable asset, your eyesight. Do not choose a doctor solely on the basis of how little he or she charges. Even if he or she charges just a little, he or she may not have the right experience, skill and equipment as other, more credible doctors. To finance your corrective eye surgery, don’t be afraid to ask around. Some clinics have partnerships with other health insurance companies that can help lower the cost of your eye surgery.b