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FDA Study Confirms Lasik Safety

We all want 20/20 vision with­out the need for con­tact lens­es or glass­es. Accord­ing to a recent FDA study, this is now a real pos­si­bil­i­ty for a grow­ing num­ber of indi­vid­u­als. The study con­firmed what many of us already believed to be true; LASIK surgery is safe, effec­tive, quick, and extreme­ly cost-effi­cient. Accord­ing to FDA, LASIK surgery helped 95% of respon­dents achieve the 20/20 vision they desired. They say you can’t argue with sta­tis­tics and, in this case, I would say they are right.

What is LASIK surgery?

Laser-assist­ed in situ ker­atomileu­sis (LASIK) is more com­mon­ly known as laser eye surgery. In basic terms, a cornea is reshaped with the help of a laser, allow­ing the light that enters the eye to prop­er­ly focus on the reti­na. The surgery removes the need for glass­es or con­tact lens­es. First made avail­able in the ear­ly ’90s, it has con­tin­ued to devel­op and is now used for a range of con­di­tions, such as astig­ma­tism, that were once thought to be untreat­able.

What are the benefits of LASIK surgery?

The main ben­e­fit of this surgery is that it elim­i­nates the need for glass­es or con­tact lens­es. No more search­ing high and low, just to find you left your glass­es on your head. No more ear­ly morn­ing fights with clean­ing solu­tions. On top of this, 27% of indi­vid­u­als in the sur­vey no longer suf­fered from ghost­ing of images, glare, halos, and star burst­ing.

That in itself would be enough to con­vince me, but there is anoth­er ben­e­fit to con­sid­er. Think for a moment about how much you have spent on glass­es or con­tacts over the past year, or over past five years. Now, con­sid­er for a moment that you are like­ly to need them for the rest of your life. The length of the cal­cu­la­tion will, of course, depend on how old and clum­sy you are; sit­ting on your glass­es or flush­ing your con­tacts down the sink can be an expen­sive hob­by. Over the long term, surgery is a much cheap­er option; it is a one-time expense with life-long effects. Surgery, unlike glass­es, doesn’t get scratched or bro­ken, and the cat is high­ly unlike­ly to run off with your eyes (where­as clean­ing pots make such fun toys).

What are the costs of LASIK surgery?

Cost is anoth­er area where I have good news for you. Not only has the over­all cost of surgery fall­en over the last few years but flex dol­lars can be used towards the cost of this treat­ment.

It must be remem­bered, how­ev­er, that LASIK is still con­sid­ered an elec­tive surgery, so the bad news is that there is a cap of $2500 on the use of flex dol­lars. The actu­al cost of the surgery is going to depend­ed on your par­tic­u­lar needs. But, worked out against the cost of con­tin­u­ing with glass­es or con­tacts, surgery will save you mon­ey (not to men­tion time and stress).

Undergoing surgery

If you choose to under­go the surgery, it is essen­tial that you find the right sur­geon to take care of you. The first stage is to find a prac­tice that will pro­vide you with a free, no strings attached con­sul­ta­tion. Dia­mond Vision will pro­vide this essen­tial ser­vice and eval­u­ate whether surgery is the right option for you.

At the first glance after your con­sul­ta­tion, the cost may still seem off-putting, but it is worth remem­ber­ing that there are a num­ber of pay­ment options avail­able and you rarely need to part with the whole cost in lump sum. Check out your options today and don’t for­get to sign up for your free Dia­mond Vision con­sul­ta­tion.

July 24th, 2015|0 Comments

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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