Deciding if LASIK is right for you is no simple task. There are a list of costs and benefits you should go through to make sure you’re ready to undergo the procedure. The biggest burden for many patients is the financial cost of LASIK.
It’s easy to let the cost sway your decision to undergo the procedure. However, the benefits far outweigh the costs and there are so many financing options available to reduce the sticker shock. Here are the five biggest benefits of investing in LASIK.
1. You’ll have clear vision.
In the 20 years since its development, LASIK has proven to be a permanent replacement for the lifelong struggle of corrective lenses. Nearly 100% of patients have at least 20/40 vision after LASIK, while 90% of patients have 20/20 vision post-procedure.
The majority of patients are able to see clearly without the assistance of corrective lenses for the rest of their life after LASIK. You can’t put a price on seeing your life’s biggest moments with clear vision!
2. Your results will be permanent.
After LASIK, patients recover with clear vision that will usually last the rest of their life! Full recovery from LASIK can take a few weeks to a month, but once your vision has recovered, the results are permanent. Most patients no longer need to rely on corrective lenses to see clearly.
However, your eyes can continue to change as you age, which is completely natural. Some older patients sometimes require glasses for night driving or reading due to presbyopia, while others may need a follow-up procedure to correct adjusting vision as they age.
3. You’ll save money in the long run.
LASIK can save you thousands of dollars by eliminating the additional costs for contacts and glasses. Contacts cost the average patient $300 to $600 a year for new prescriptions and any additional costs. Currently, LASIK is, on average, $2,200 per eye for a permanent solution.
If you’re currently 30 years old and live to be 80, LASIK can save you about $18,000!
4. You’ll have a quick recovery.
LASIK is quick and relatively painless. The procedure only takes about 10 minutes with most patients able to return home the same day, however a designated driver will be needed. LASIK is a medical procedure, so it’s advised that patients have someone with them to help with tasks that may be difficult after a corrective eye procedure.
Your vision will recover, for normal daily activity, within three days, while full recovery takes about a month.
5. You’ll no longer need contacts or glasses.
LASIK usually removes your lifelong reliance on contacts and glasses. Only 1% of patients need to rely on glasses or contacts after corrective eye surgery.
Some patients may need a follow-up procedure in later years to correct adjusting vision as they age, or glasses for reading. Further procedures or corrective lenses are most often a result of your eyes continuing to age and change, not due to your eyes reverting back to their former prescription.
While these five biggest benefits of investing in LASIK are a great way to see the positives, the best way to know if LASIK is right for you is to speak to a professional. Consult your eye doctor to help you understand if LASIK is right for you.
At Williamson Eye Institute, we are dedicated to assisting our patients with their vision and eye-related needs throughout the years. To find out more about our services, visit our website or call our office to schedule a personal consultation. You can also find us on Facebook or LinkedIn.