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Laser Eye Surgery better known as Lasik surgery is designed to reduce an individual’s need for contact lenses or glasses. In some cases, you may hear the term refractive surgery when referring to laser eye surgery. With new innovative laser eye surgery, many people are now enjoying having normal vision without the need of bulky glasses and the mess of contact lenses by this new innovative surgery.

Lasik eye laser is used to re-sculptor the cornea to give the patient clear vision. This procedure can treat patients with farsightedness nearsightedness and astigmatism. The conditions listed above make vision blurry whereas eye surgery clears up this blurry vision so they can see clear.

In most cases, the Lasik eye surgery procedure is performed in this manner. A microkeratome, or knife is used to create a flap in the cornea. The flap is still left attached creating a hinge that is folded back so the surgeon can see the stroma. The stroma is the center of the cornea. Once the stroma is visible, a computer-controlled laser eliminates a small portion of the stroma and the flap is then replaced covering the area.

Pricing of Eye Surgery

Eye surgery prices vary according to the provider and depend on various factors. However, one thing is for sure, prices are quoted per eye. When comparing your quote to other friends and family member quotes your may be higher or lower than theirs even if you choose the same provider. Most of the time, the cost varies due to how much correction is needed for an individual and if more follow up surgery is needed as well.

Prices for laser eye surgery have been on the rise with prices in 2002 at $1,550 to $1,600 per eye to prices at the beginning of 2006 at $2,052 (~�1,100) per eye. Remember, these are average prices and your quote could still be higher or lower than the average price.

In most cases, the Lasik eye surgery procedure is performed in this manner. A microkeratome, or knife is used to create a flap in the cornea. The flap is still left attached creating a hinge that is folded back so the surgeon can see the stroma. The stroma is the center of the cornea. Once the stroma is visible, a computer-controlled laser eliminates a small portion of the stroma and the flap is then replaced covering the area.

If you decide on laser eye surgery there are a few things you should do prior to surgery such as stop wearing contact lenses prior to your baseline evaluation. Contact lenses change the shape of your cornea and you will need several weeks for your cornea to resume its normal shape in order to receive a proper evaluation. According to the type of contacts you wear will depend on when you stop wearing them.

Benefits

Benefits of Lasik eye surgery include the Visual perception is usually better than with corrective lenses, freedom from wearing glasses or contact lenses, no more time used cleaning and maintaining glasses or contacts, and improvement in self esteem,

Risks of Lasik surgery

Remember, there is always some risk involved with any surgery. Even though complications are rare, they do occur. The following are some of the risks that do occur. Around 1 to 5 percent of all patients experience some type of complication which includes sensitivity to light; a halo, glare, or starbursts can occur if the flap does not stick properly to the eye; possibility of under-correction or over-correction; possibility of the cornea warping as it heals; eyes may lose the ability to produce enough moisture whereas you will have to use eye drops; and the loss of discernment in objects mainly in low light conditions. The majority of these risks do diminish over time.