5 LASIK Questions for People with Myopia
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Top 5 Questions People with Myopia Have About LASIK
It can be a major commitment to finally make the choice to have LASIK, but if you have myopia (also known as nearsightedness), it may be worth it. Myopia is the most common refractive vision issue, affecting around 30% of the population of the U.S. You probably already know that glasses and contacts can be inconvenient, and the idea of waking up with a completely clear vision sounds attractive, but is it too good to be true?
Naturally, you’re going to have questions before you make that final decision about whether laser corrective surgery is right for you. Here are the top 5 questions that nearsighted people have about LASIK, courtesy of the team at Sambursky Laser Eye Center:
- Can I Get LASIK?
If you have myopia, the first thing you’ll want to know is whether you’re a candidate for LASIK. The short answer is yes.
LASIK is used to treat refractive vision issues, including myopia, hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. There is a screening process for anyone with one of these issues to make sure the shape and composition of the eye can provide for a safe laser procedure, but initially, nearsighted patients are candidates for LASIK.
- How Much Will My LASIK Cost Me?
For patients with myopia or other treatable vision conditions, the actual cost of a LASIK procedure varies between different insurance providers. The cost also varies depending on some of the specifics of the treatment and screening, and whether you use one of our financing options or not. For more details about the price you’ll have to pay, contact the Sambursky Laser Eye Center here.
- What Equipment Is Used?
Dr. Sambursky, MD and his team use technology that allows us to ensure the most precise surgery possible, whether you have myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism. At our Johnson City laser center, we use the WaveLight Excimer EX-500 Laser for great results and a very short recovery time.
- How Long Does LASIK Take?
On the day of your LASIK, you’ll undergo a final scanning process using the industry’s best equipment to make sure LASIK is the procedure best equipped to resolve your myopia. The actual surgery is quick and painless, only about 10-20 minutes start to finish. Patients are often amazed at how simple the entire process can be.
- What’s the Recovery Time?
The recovery process varies between patients, but for the most part, you should expect some irritation in the days after your procedure. Some patients experience a small amount of swelling, and you will have to wear glasses for about 24 hours. But the good news is that, after a short recovery, you’ll be able to see clearly. LASIK carries a high success rate — most patients with myopia see improvement after surgery, often to 20/20 vision. LASIK tends to be permanent, at least until vision issues involved with aging start to take effect.
To summarize, LASIK is a great option, especially if you have myopia. Do you have more questions about LASIK? Contact Sambursky Laser Eye Center or schedule a LASIK consultation today!