Glossary of Terms – Specialist (Vision Correction)

Vision Correction Surgery – Outpatient Surgery
Description: These procedures reshape the cornea with a laser in order to allow light to fall more precisely on the retina, in turn, resulting in near-perfect vision.  The actual procedure your doctor recommends for you depends on your individual conditions
Average Cost: $2,000 – $2,800 per eye
Length of Procedure: 10-15 minutes for both eyes
Anesthesia: Topical anesthesia drops, with or without mild oral anti-anxiety medication.
Recovery Time: There is a significant improvement immediately, however, patients notice dramatic improvement when they wake up the morning after surgery.  It can take a couple of days for blurriness and watery eyes to subside.
Treatment Frequency: Generally one, although eyes will continue to age and you may experience age-related vision changes.
Risks: Overcorrection, undercorrection, loss of best-corrected vision (the vision attainable with glasses or contacts), infection, scarring, decreased vision, glare or halos, dry eyes.
Duration of Results: Permanent, excluding age-related vision changes
Inside Tip :

1. Be wary of advertisements offering vision correction surgery for under $500.  The fine print of these offers states the criteria candidates must meet, which usually applies to very few (if any), patients.  These are essentially bait-and-switch advertisements that aim to get you into the office.

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