Is Laser Eye Surgery in Your Future?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

How do I know if laser eye surgery is for me? There are many factors that have to be considered if you are thinking about having eye surgery done. First of all, there are age limitations. Certain surgeries require you to be 18 while others will require you to be 21 or older. You can't have laser eye surgery if there is anything going on that could affect the healing process, or affect how your eyes will react to the surgery process.
 This means if you have pink eye, dry eyes, or any kind of injury that has affected your eye, that you will have to wait until it passes. If you're pregnant, then you should wait until after you have given birth. In fact, you'll probably be better off to wait a few months after, because pregnancy can affect your eyes. It can cause dry eyes or even change the shape of corneas! And of course, as with just about any medical procedure, any medications you are taking may affect whether it is safe to have laser eye surgery.

Am I qualified to have laser eye surgery?

There are some conditions that may mean you aren't able to have laser eye surgery at all. Some of these can include uncontrolled glaucoma or cataracts. You also must be able to show that you have had a good, year-long history of stable vision. You may also be disqualified if you have certain types of diseases such as autoimmune or degenerative.

What are the costs and possible financing solutions I could use for laser eye surgery?

If you have come to the conclusion that laser eye surgery is something you need, then you need to be prepared for what it is going to cost you. Depending on the exact surgery or procedures that you need to have done, it will likely from a thousand to several thousand dollars. However, don't close the door on considering it just because you don't have a way to come up with such amounts of cash. There are some ways that you may be able to get it financed. There are many health care financing services, including some that are tailored for leaser eye surgeries. You can also consider investing into a FSA, or flexible spending account. With an FSA you'll need to put some of your paycheck into each month, and you'll be able to use pre-tax income for it.

How do I find a laser eye surgeon?

Now that you have figured out how you are going to pay for it, you'll need to find the surgeon who will perform the procedure. Be careful during this selection process. Ask the surgeon for their credentials; are they a member of any medical associations? Talk with others and see if you can find someone who can give you a referral to a qualified surgeon. After you find a few that you think may fit the bill, schedule an appointment to sit down and talk with them. Be sure to take a complete list of everything you may want to ask so you don't forget something!

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