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July 4, 2013

Weighing Out the Benefits vs. the Cost of LASIK

One of the best ways to make a decision on something you're fairly uncertain about is making a pros and cons list.

One of the best ways to make a decision on something you’re fairly uncertain about is creating a pros and cons list.

Those who have battled vision problems for years may have thought about getting glasses or contacts, or already have them and feel they’re in need of something more permanent. LASIK surgery is one of the most common forms of treatment for those who desire to improve their vision, but many individuals are afraid that the surgery is out of their budget.

If you’re a prospective LASIK patient considering the benefits and costs of LASIK, here are some facts to help you break it down.

Plenty of Pros
For many people, the pros far outweigh the cons. Convenience is one of the top reasons that LASIK recipients are so happy with their surgery – many can see the alarm clock when they wake up and they no longer have to stock up on their contact lens supply. Many patients can achieve 20/20 vision, or as close to it as possible, so their trendy pair of glasses may just be kept on the shelf as a reminder of their valuable surgery.

Art Comes Alive
For those who love art and photography, LASIK is a no-brainer. The surgery could significantly improve your ability to see colors vividly and more truly as they are on the page, and your glasses no longer obscure your peripheral vision. A trip to the new museum exhibit downtown takes on a whole new meaning when you can see every detail more crisply and cleanly.

What’s Wrong with Glasses?
Sticking with your glasses isn’t the wrong or less wise solution, but for many people, it’s the minimal visual disturbances that make LASIK so appealing. Instead of bulky frames and lenses that weigh you down and even obstruct your vision, you might get to switch them out for a lightweight, trendy pair of glasses that you only wear occasionally, if at all.

Determining the Cost
The best way to think about the cost of LASIK eye surgery is to examine how much you spend on your contact lenses and glasses over a decade, or even a lifetime. In reality, these amounts may actually surpass the rate of LASIK surgery, meaning that you could be making a wise investment by getting the treatment.

While this information has led some individuals to making the move toward getting corrective eye surgery, you should still talk to your local doctor or optometrist about LASIK. This way, you’ll be able to find out all of the facts and even the varied forms of eye surgery, from custom LASIK to PRK surgery, and see which solution is best for you.