Are you ready to ditch your glasses or contact lenses for good? More and more people with imperfect vision are finding the benefits laser eye surgery can have, not only on their vision, but also in their day-to-day lives. Imagine not having to worry about putting in or taking out contact lenses, stock up on contact lens solution or remembering where you set your glasses.

An estimated 80 percent of patients who have had eye surgery said they were “completely” or “very satisfied with the procedure.”

But who benefits from laser eye surgery and what types of eye care conditions does it correct? Our eye doctor at Planet Vision Eyecare gets these questions often. Here are some of the most common questions and answers related to laser eye surgery.

What conditions can be improved by eye surgery? Corrective vision surgery has been performed on a number of patients with success treating farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism.

What does the procedure entail? Unlike other surgical procedures, laser eye surgery is an outpatient procedure and performed while the patient is awake. The patient will be typically be given a prescription to help them relax during the procedure, in addition to eye drops to numb the eye. The actual procedure can take as few as 30 minutes.

What is the recovery time like? The recovery time from laser eye surgery is relatively fast. While it’s important to rest immediately after the procedure and to arrange for someone to transport you to and from your appointment, most patients are back to their daily routines in just a few days.

Is laser eye surgery covered by Insurance? Insurers consider laser eye surgery an elective procedure, which means it’s often not typically covered under insurance plans. Check with your insurance provider to see if they offer any discounts for the procedure. Many times, individuals are able to use an HSA or flex spending account for laser eye surgery.

How much does it cost? Costs vary depending on the patient, but generally laser eye surgery can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 per eye.

Are you ready to take the next step and find out if vision corrective surgery is right for you? Contact Planet Vision Eyecare in Greenacres and schedule an appointment with our eye doctor to learn more.