If you have vision problems, you have likely considered getting LASIK eye surgery. While many people have heard the terms "LASIK surgery," not many people really know anything about the procedure. If your eye doctor has recommended LASIK eye surgery to you, you need to be sure that you are clear about the procedure before having it done. Here are three things you need to know about LASIK eye surgery.
1. The time spent in LASIK surgery is short.
Pending there are no issues that arise during the procedure, the time your eye surgeon will spend performing LASIK surgery on your eye is usually 10 minutes or less. That is a short amount of time considering the amount of positive benefits the procedure can bring you. The speed with which the procedure can be completed is one of the main reasons a lot of people choose to have LASIK surgery done in the first place.
2. LASIK surgery has a relatively quick recovery time.
The recovery time after getting LASIK surgery is relatively quick as well. While some patients state they experience improved vision as soon as the day following LASIK surgery, every patient's recovery time will vary. Most patients experience improved vision anywhere from two days following the procedure to a week after. That means your vision will be corrected rather quickly and you can get back to work and your day to day life sooner rather than later.
3. You will likely have to pay most, if not all, of the cost out of pocket.
One of the few drawbacks to getting LASIK eye surgery is that many vision insurance plans consider it to be an elective procedure. However, if certain conditions are met, some insurance plans may help cover the cost for LASIK. Usually the conditions involve injuries from accidents or previous surgical error, so you may find that you do not fit the bill for assistance from your insurance company when it comes to paying for LASIK.
Before you get LASIK eye surgery, you need to be sure to discuss the surgery and how it can help you with your eye doctor—like those at Intermountain Eye Centers or other local centers. It can be extremely beneficial to also get a second opinion to make sure your vision issues are best helped by LASIK surgery. Every LASIK surgery candidate should go into the procedure with their eyes wide open and know everything they can about the procedure before having it done.