Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lasik Surgery, Astigmatism & Cost

Question: I have astigmatism. How does that change whether I can have LASIK surgery? How much does it cost and is there a payment plan?

Answer: Astigmatism is a common refractive error that blurs your vision. Laser Eye Surgery such as LASIK is usually able to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. So even if you were both nearsighted and astigmatic or farsighted and astigmatic there is a good chance that Laser Eye Surgery for vision correction could be used to treat the needed correction. However, there are some types of astigmatism that may not be treatable. Also, your eyes must be healthy and free of any conditions or problems that cause unnatural or irregular astigmatism to occur. At a LASIK consultation and examination careful measurements will be taken of the refractive state of your eye, or “the prescription”, as well as a careful examination of the health of your eyes and especially the cornea and its thickness to be sure that you are a good candidate. Your next step is to schedule a consultation with a top LASIK surgeon. When you attend your consultation the staff will explain all of the LASIK costs and payment options BEFORE you have to commit to anything. If they do not review this with you to your satisfaction seek a second opinion. Each LASIK surgeon sets the fees for their practice or center individually and typically make available different LASIK payment options.

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