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How Popular is LASEK?

  • June 18, 2020

LASEK has been a popular vision correction procedure for more than 20 years. LASEK uses a laser to reshape your cornea — the clear, round dome at the front of your eye — to improve the way your eye focuses light rays onto your retina, resulting in better vision. 

There are many reasons why LASEK is so popular, including:

Quick and Easy Procedure – LASEK surgery takes 10 to 15 minutes for each eye. Generally, both eyes are done during the same procedure. LASEK is an outpatient procedure, allowing patients to return home to rest following their surgery.

High Success Rate – Almost all patients who have LASEK end up with 20/20 vision or better.

Quick Recovery – When your procedure is complete, you will already notice improved vision. You should rest for the remainder of the day of your surgery but can return to normal activities the following day. The full recovery time for LASEK is a few months, and your vision will continue to improve during this time. 

Improved Lifestyle – Many daily activities become easier when you don’t have to mess with glasses or contact lenses. 

Lasting Results – The improvement of vision from LASEK typically lasts for many, many years, even decades. Most LASEK patients will enjoy clear vision until they are much older. 

Rarely, some patients will experience decreased vision after LASEK and may opt for a LASEK enhancement. This usually occurs 5 to 10 years after the initial LASEK procedure.

Affordability – Unfortunately, LASEK is an elective surgery that insurance generally won’t cover. The cost per eye is between 1,500 and 2,500 dollars on average. However, when you compare the cost of glasses and/or contact lenses year after year, LASEK is a much more affordable choice.

If you’re unsure about how to afford LASEK, consider medical financing, using a tax refund, a flexible spending account or health savings account if you have one.

If you’d like to find out if LASEK is a good option for your vision needs, contact BoozmanHof at 479-246-1700 or website to schedule a consultation with Our Doctors.