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The Cost of Laser Eye Surgery

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/22/2006 | Self Improvement
Laser eye surgery has become more and more popular as the decades progress. Lasik is an acronym for Laser-In Situ Keratomileusis. This type of procedure utilizes a laser to reshape the curvature of the cornea. The cornea is more or less the outer window of the eye. It is where nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism's originate.

With the ever improving new technologies, vision correction has become safer and more effective. The vast majority of people have very short recovery periods and experience little or no ill effects from the procedure. The surgery itself is always done on an outpatient basis with the recovery time of a few hours to a few days.

Those considering having the procedure done should consult with a license Ophthalmologist to learn if they are a viable candidate. Not everyone who wishes to have Lasik surgery is a good candidate. Some of the requirements include, the patient must obtain at least 18 years of age, have no current or prior health issues with either eye and no Glaucoma, Cataracts or any other maladies concerning the eyes.

The costs for the procedure can range anywhere from 499 to over 2500 per eye. The lower-priced procedures are for the more simpler surgeries or are offered from less experienced physicians. It is always wise to not let price be the only determinant factor in your decision. Experience and a solid track record of the doctor should be the primary focus. Lasik is still considered to be an elective surgery so most insurance plans will not cover the cost. A great many physicians will however offer varying payment plans simply because the cost is so substantial.

The finer Ophthalmologists will take the time to discuss with you in detail the risks and benefits involved with Lasik surgery so that you will know exactly what the procedure entails long before agreeing to have the surgery performed. Be sure to take the time to ask well thought out questions and do not agree to having the procedure performed if the doctor does not take the time to address your questions in full.

When considering eye surgery, be sure to research your options thoroughly before making your final decision. Remember the old adage, "you get what you pay for", which is generally true. The care of your eyes is definitely not the place to skimp.

In conclusion, if you are considering having laser eye surgery, be sure to take your time to find the very best physician available. Be sure to make the price of the surgery itself only one of the determining factors and not the only one. After all, there are some things and more important than money. function SubmitRating(btn) { ratingchecked = false; if (btn.form.aRating0.checked) ratingchecked = true; if (btn.form.aRating1.checked) ratingchecked = true; if (btn.form.aRating2.checked) ratingchecked = true; if (btn.form.aRating3.checked) ratingchecked = true; if (btn.form.aRating4.checked) ratingchecked = true; if (ratingchecked) { btn.form.btnRating.value=btn.value; btn.form.submit(); } else { alert("Be sure a rating value has been selected to continue."); } }