October 16, 2019
If you’re finally ready to wake up and see clearly, it may be time to consider having LASIK surgery. This simple outpatient procedure can return sight to those who have spent their lives relying on glasses or contact lenses. When considering LASIK surgery, it’s important to be as informed as possible so you’ll know what to expect going into the procedure and then recovery. The following myths about LASIK are common misconceptions about the surgery.
Most people over age 40 will need reading glasses for near vision, the same way they would if they were wearing contact lenses, or bifocals with glasses. Others may require glasses for certain activities, such as driving at night. And unfortunately, some people with large refractive errors may still need contacts or glasses if LASIK can’t fully correct their vision.
While LASIK corrects refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, not everyone is a candidate for LASIK. People who suffer from dry eyes may not be candidates for LASIK, because LASIK can increase the symptoms of dry eyes. Individuals with thin corneas or large refractive errors may not be candidates either.
The best way to find out if LASIK is right for you is to speak with your doctor and have your eyes evaluated.
Kremer can correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism because LASIK surgery works the same way as glasses or contacts. Refractive errors are corrected by altering the lens of the eye so that light focuses correctly on the retina which brings an image into sharp focus.
Most insurance companies won’t pay for LASIK because it’s an elective procedure and usually isn’t medically necessary. Some companies may cover a portion of it, so it’s important to speak with your provider to discuss if there are any options available to you. In some cases, insurance companies will pay for the surgery if they believe there’s a good reason to have the procedure. For example, insurance may pay for those who work in a field that benefits society such as the military or the police force. Insurance may also cover LASIK for those who have serious medical conditions and are unable to wear glasses.
Although insurance doesn’t usually cover the costs of LASIK surgery, eye centers typically offer financing to make the procedure more affordable. Kremer offers zero percent financing options for up to 24 months after the surgery.
Be wary of practices claiming that they offer the lowest cost for LASIK surgery. Often, low prices go along with inexperience and you want to be sure that your surgeon has been certified, licensed, and has performed the surgery many times before. Researching your surgeon is a very important part of the process.
Now that you have a better understanding of LASIK and all it has to offer, you can make a more informed decision and speak with a doctor for an evaluation. For more information about LASIK, request a free LASIK info kit or set up a consultation with a Kremer physician today.