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. Visit our Atlanta Eye Surgery Center for more information.

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