When you’ve been putting off LASIK for a while, you probably catch yourself thinking the same concerns over and over until they’re more like excuses. It’s understandable. If you’re anxious about surgery, you’ll do everything you can to put it off. That’s human nature.
But at some point, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at your concerns. Are they really good reasons for putting off something that could change your life for the better? Or are they just keeping you stuck in your old ways?
LASIK concerns are important to consider. You should always take them into consideration, but instead of letting them hold you back from a beneficial surgery, use your concerns to help you learn more about LASIK. Learning more might help you become more comfortable with the idea of LASIK. So let’s take a look at a few concerns you might have about LASIK that could be holding you back.
1. I Can’t Afford LASIK.
A common LASIK concern is the cost of the procedure. If you really can’t afford LASIK, you shouldn’t have the surgery done. Because LASIK is an elective surgery, it’s okay to put it off until you can save enough money for it.
However, compared to many surgeries, LASIK isn’t extremely costly. Some surgeons offer prices as low as $999 per eye, so a total of $1,998. It’s true - that’s money that could cover rent and groceries for a month, but you don’t have to pay for LASIK all upfront either. Many surgeons offer payment plans so you’re paying a much more manageable amount each month.
Discounts on LASIK are common as well, so if you are concerned about the cost, keep an eye out for those discounts. They can make a big difference in the total price you pay for your surgery.
It’s also important to consider the cost of LASIK to the cost of contacts. If you look at how much your contacts cost for a year and compare that to the cost of LASIK, you’ll likely find that contacts appear to be cheaper. However, LASIK is a one-time cost and contacts are an annual, semi-annual, or monthly cost.
On average, contacts cost up to $1,400 each year (though that does depend on a few factors like the type of contact). If you wait 10 years to get LASIK surgery and use contacts for those 10 years, you could spend up to $14,000 on contacts instead of just paying $1,998 for LASIK.
So, over time, the cost of LASIK becomes much more affordable than contacts. With this in mind, the cost really doesn’t have to be a significant LASIK concern.
2. I’m Scared of LASIK Surgery Risks.
Worrying about the surgery risks is a normal LASIK concern. In fact, it’s a common concern for any surgery. While all surgeries have some inherent risks, LASIK is actually one of the safest surgeries available right now.
You’ve probably heard about the risks of LASIK surgery - dry eye, halos, infections, and so on. (You can read more about the risks of LASIK here.) There are plenty of articles that talk about how dangerous and awful the risks and complications of LASIK surgery are.
But here’s what those articles don’t tell you - less than 1% of LASIK patients have any complications at all with their surgery. A higher percentage (30%) of patients do experience side effects, but almost all of those side effects are temporary and last only a few months. There’s been a lot of research about LASIK, and unless the data is misrepresented, the research shows that LASIK is extremely safe.
So, even though it’s normal to feel anxious about surgery, you don’t need to worry about experiencing complications in your surgery. Choosing an experienced doctor can help you feel more comfortable with the surgery as well.
3. LASIK Won’t Last Long Enough to Make It Worth It.
A LASIK concern some people have is that the results of the surgery won’t last. There’s some truth to this because as you age your eyes will lose their elasticity (the condition is called presbyopia) and won’t adjust as well as they need to for you to see clearly. That’s why most people need reading glasses at some point in their lives.
LASIK surgery doesn’t correct that loss of clear vision. LASIK only corrects the shape of the cornea, but presbyopia isn’t an issue with the shape of the eye. It’s an issue with the eye’s muscles. Because of this, LASIK can’t correct or prevent vision changes with old age.
However, LASIK does correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. And it’s worth it to have clear vision, even if it is temporary. It’s also true that, even if you do need reading glasses, your normal vision can still last for a while. You might be able to see fine except when you read. If your vision does change, there are other adjustments that can be made to help you see a bit better.
4. I’m Too Old for LASIK.
If you’re over 40, you might have this LASIK concern - your vision has already started to age and change. It’s a frustrating thing, but that doesn’t mean all hope for clear vision has to be gone.
Eligibility for LASIK eye surgery is something that is determined on a person-by-person basis. If your only vision issue is presbyopia, then you won’t be eligible for LASIK surgery. But if you had preexisting vision problems, you might still qualify for LASIK. The best thing to do when you’re over 40 and want clear vision is to talk to your eye doctor so you can consider the best options for you. Read this article for more information on LASIK eligibility.
These LASIK concerns can be very troubling. But using your concerns to learn about the facts and the myths of LASIK will help you make the best-informed decision for you. If you might want LASIK but want to ask a few more questions, call Davis Vision at (801) 253-3080, and they’ll help you with any concerns you might have.