A lot of folks are talking about LASIK surgery as a way to say goodbye to glasses forever. You may even have a few friends who swear by LASIK and are pushing you to hop aboard the LASIK train too… maybe you’ve even done some preliminary legwork and called up a doctor or two to get information and price shop a bit.
If so, you probably learned that there is no finite answer to the question, “how much does Lasik eye surgery cost?” The variations in prices between doctors are huge.
You know how when you go to the grocery store to buy milk there are some price differences? Organic milk is going to cost a dollar or two more than regular milk. You can understand the reason for the price difference and it’s not exactly extreme.
When you shop for LASIK, however, you’re probably going to find that one doctor charges just $800 an eye while another doctor charges $5,000 an eye. That’s a big difference, right? For a moment, you may be excited that you found the $800 doctor. As the news sinks in, however, you may remember that old adage, “you get what you pay for” and start to wonder why your new doctor is so much cheaper than the other doctor.
Choosing LASIK, and selecting a doctor, can be a stressful time in your life. It seems like everyone is just trying to sell you their services instead of honestly answering your surgery questions. Doctors can basically charge you what they choose to and there simply aren’t rigid guidelines governing their fees.
The bottom line is that the price of LASIK surgery varies widely from doctor to doctor.
When choosing how much you want to spend on LASIK, keep in mind paying a doctor to cut into your eye and burn it with a laser does come with a few risks!
In deciding whether or not to pay for LASIK surgery, it’s important to consider both the risks and benefits before you sign up.
The most common complication resulting from LASIK surgery is dry eyes, which can become a permanent and painful condition. “Sands of the Sahara,” or Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis, is another possible outcome, which basically means dead cells get stuck behind your corneal flap, and these misplaced cells cause an inflammatory reaction that can result in scarring and even permanent vision loss.
Here’s a brief list of other unpleasant side effects & complications from LASIK:
- Sensitivity to light
- Double vision
- Ghost images
- Vitamin D deficiency due to increased sun sensitivity
- Visual acuity fluctuation (fluctuation in vision quality throughout the day)
- Starbursts and halos around lights seen at night
- Striae (wrinkles in the corneal flap)
- Thin or buttonhole flap (this can cause damage to the cornea and vision loss)
- Decentered ablation (this happens when the laser during surgery isn’t properly centered, causing a host of vision problems for patients)
- Debris and growth under flap (causes flecked vision among other problems)
- Surgically induced astigmatism (blurred vision caused by the inability of the eye to focus)
- Posterior vitreous detachment (separation of the vitreous membrane from the retina causing floaters and flashes of light)
- Corneal ectasia (bulging of the cornea causing blurred vision)
- Macular hole (a break in the eye’s macula, causing distorted and blurred central vision)
- Epithelium erosion (can cause delayed healing as well as corneal damage)
- Floaters (specks in the field of vision)
Pretty scary stuff right? While LASIK really can restore your vision (with the possibility of side affects), it’s not the only way to restore your vision. Most folks don’t know that there are natural, and very inexpensive, alternatives to LASIK that can also help you restore your vision.
You know how mom always said that eating carrots will help your vision? Well there’s truth in that, but she should have added “take your eye vitamins every day!” By taking an eye-healthy vitamin supplement each day, you can drastically improve your vision. Tens of thousands of other people have used non-invasive vitamin supplements to drastically improve their vision and so can you – no lasers, no cutting and no side effects!