If you have been considering LASIK surgery, you probably have a number of different questions and concerns. And this is completely normal — choosing to have LASIK is a big decision and you should give yourself enough time to consider all of your options.
But if you are looking for a place to start, we are here to help! Here are five things you should know about LASIK surgery:
- Understand the risks involved
Fortunately, LASIK is a fairly low-risk procedure but is it surgery so there are a few things you should consider. Certain complications can occur, such as overcorrection or undercorrection. And while most patients enjoy improved vision, no doctor can guarantee 20/20 vision following the surgery.
- Learn what will happen during the surgery
Be sure that you understand exactly what will happen during the surgery. You will stay awake during the procedure so understanding what will happen will make you feel more relaxed and at ease.
- Plan to take some time off from work
The recovery time from LASIK is fairly short but you should plan on giving yourself time to rest. Make sure you have someone who can drive you home after the surgery. And plan to take at least a few days off of work so you can give your eyes time to rest and heal. You could also schedule your surgery for a Friday, that way you have the weekend to recoup.
- Look into different payment options
LASIK does come with an investment but fortunately, there are different payment options you can consider. Insurance doesn’t normally cover LASIK but if you have a health savings account, that can be used to cover the costs.
You can also find out if your doctor’s office offers payment plans or provides a discount for paying upfront in cash.
- Find out if you are eligible
Of course, before you can move forward with the surgery you will need to find out if you are a good candidate. Luckily, this is the easy part — just schedule an appointment with your doctor. They will examine your eyes, check your health history, and find out whether or not LASIK is the best option for you.