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If you’ve ever struggled to put in your contacts or been frustrated that your glasses are smudged and you can’t see well with them, you may have considered Phoenix LASIK eye surgery as an alternative to glasses or contacts. But if all you know about LASIK is that it uses a laser to correct your vision, you may not have all the information you need to make a good decision. Here’s some information about LASIK eye surgery you can use to start thinking about whether or not it’s a good idea for you.
What Is LASIK?
LASIK, also called laser eye surgery, is a method of surgery used to correct vision problems. This type of procedure, which is short for “laser in-situ keratomileusis,” is gaining in popularity as an alternative to glasses and/or contacts. This type of procedure is available for people with nearsightedness or farsightedness, as well as for those with astigmatism. Phoenix LASIK eye surgery utilizes technology to correct vision problems, making it easier for you to see properly without the need for glasses or contacts. LASIK eye surgery reshapes the patient’s cornea so that light entering the eye is properly focused on the retina, which then leads to clearer vision.
It should be noted that not every patient is a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Patients with thin corneas or those with high myopia often cannot get the same benefits from LASIK as other patients. As a result, eye surgeons in Phoenix may recommend alternative procedures for these patients.
Since LASIK is becoming more popular and technology is making it easier to do, more and more insurance companies are helping patients offset the costs for the procedures so people can have their vision corrected. This is making LASIK more accessible. In addition, its growing popularity is leading to further research and technological developments into LASIK, making it safer and more effective for patients.
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Are You A LASIK Candidate?
To be completely honest, not everyone is a great candidate for LASIK eye surgery in Phoenix. Those with extreme nearsightedness or farsightedness do not make ideal vision correction LASIK candidates along with those with uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune disease.
Preferred candidates are:
- Have a diagnosis for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
- Free from any eye diseases like cataracts
- In good general health
- At least 18 years old
To better determine your eligibility for LASIK eye surgery, schedule your complimentary consultation today with us. Our expert eye surgeon will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for the LASIK procedure, or if a different vision correction option may be right for you.
Why Is Phoenix LASIK Eye Surgery Performed?
LASIK eye surgery is typically done to correct vision problems like nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Quite often, patients
ask about LASIK so they no longer have to wear glasses or contacts, making their lives easier and with clearer vision. Because of the types of vision problems corrected by LASIK, it is not necessary. However, many patients find that the benefits of Phoenix LASIK eye surgery far outweigh the alternative, which includes the costs associated with glasses, contacts, and regular eye exams. In this case, LASIK eye surgery is a better option for patients who ask their doctors about it.
What You Can Expect
LASIK eye surgery is an outpatient procedure. The surgery itself typically takes no more than thirty minutes and takes place in a reclining chair in an exam room. Your eye doctor will place numbing drops in your eyes and an instrument will be placed on your eyelids to keep them open for the procedure. During the surgery itself, your eye doctor will use a laser to cut a flap in the cornea. You may feel discomfort and pressure during this part of the procedure, and your vision may dim. This is normal for a Phoenix LASIK eye surgery procedure.
Once this portion of the procedure is finished, you will be asked to fix your focus on a bright light while the laser does its work. This precise laser will remove corneal tissue to reshape your cornea. The laser is programmed prior to the procedure to ensure the correct amount of cornea is removed. When the laser is finished, the flap of the cornea will be put back into position on your eye. No stitches will be needed to keep the flap in place, so you will be required to wear the shield provided to you, which will protect your eye as the flap heals.
What Is The Cost Of LASIK?
The advancements in technology over the past decade have driven down the cost of Phoenix LASIK eye surgery tremendously. It has always been Dr. Walman’s goal to keep his prices affordable and competitive. When you come in for your free consultation, we will be able to determine if you are a candidate, and what type of procedure would be most appropriate for you. We can then discuss with you the cost for your procedure, and how to make it affordable for you. We also have extremely reasonable financing options to make the procedure more affordable for you.
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