Many Americans suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Fortunately, LASIK surgery can correct these vision issues in around 10 minutes. LASIK is also typically pain-free, with a success rate that would inspire confidence for anyone looking to have this procedure. And in case you are one of them, here’s what to expect.
What to Expect
LASIK and PRK are both laser vision correction procedures. The entire procedure for both eyes from start to finish takes about 10 minutes for nearly all patients. The actual laser time will vary depending on one’s prescription, but it is typically 5-20 seconds in duration. The rest of the time is positioning and aligning the patient.
Although PRK and LASIK are completed in approximately 10 minutes for both eyes, if a patient would like to take a break during the procedure, this can be done. Most patients will experience a sensation of touching and then some mild pressure. It is surprising for most patients how little discomfort they really experience.
Talking to someone who has already undergone laser vision correction can be very helpful because they can provide a first-hand account of their own experience. Many of the staff at King LASIK have undergone laser vision correction and as a former LASIK patient, Dr. King has experienced the procedure too. Nearly everyone who has undergone vision correction had the same thoughts and fears as you do, and it can be very helpful to hear what the experience was like for someone who has already had the procedure.
During laser vision correction, the eye is numb and the laser treatment is not felt. You’ll be lying on your back for the duration of the operation, and will be awake and aware the entire time. At one point, you’ll be asked to stare at a light for about 60 seconds. That light, though, isn’t the laser. Rather, it is an eye tracker whose purpose is to keep your eye affixed on one spot, so that the laser can perform its function.
You may also hear a ticking or buzzing sound, which the laser makes while reshaping your cornea. But again, it’s not something to be worried about. Then before you know it, the procedure is over, and you’re well on your way to improved vision.
The Balance reports that the average price of LASIK surgery in the United States is typically around $1,000–$3,000 per eye, with 80% of surgeons charging between $1,500–$2,500 per eye. As laser vision correction is an elective procedure, so you should connect with your insurance provider if they will cover all or a portion of the cost. Many third-party financing companies also offer payment plans. To be sure, we suggest that you get in touch with healthcare administrators, who are described by Maryville University as being knowledgeable on a range of health related issues, including finance and procedural policies. This means these professionals can give you expert advice as to the costs of LASIK, the procedures you’ll have to take to get one, along with channels you can use for additional funding. Consequently, you’ll be able to plan out your surgery in greater detail.
If you would like to experience freedom from glasses and contact lenses and restore your natural vision, contact King LASIK to schedule a free consultation. Dr. Joseph King has substantial experience having performed more than 125,000 laser vision correction procedures and has delivered consistent results throughout the years. We have state-of-the-art facilities for all your LASIK needs.