If you are looking for a long-term remedy for eye problems like myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism, you might want to consult your eye specialist about laser treatment.
A certified eye doctor or ophthalmologist can perform the laser eye surgery known as LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) which changes the shape of cornea for a better vision. A survey was conducted by LASIK surgeons about the expensiveness of the said procedure. In 2010, the best and most reliable LASIK surgery was around $2,150 per eye. However, there are many things to factor in the total cost of the procedure, such as the following:
the type of laser technology used as well as the tools for the whole procedure
the level of expertise of the surgeon
the accessibility of the surgeon as far as location is concerned
medications before and after surgery
With LASIK, you can pick the cheapest standard surgery or opt for the high-end wavefront procedure.
The standard procedure involves the creation of corneal flap through a microkeratome which contains a replaceable oscillating blade. Know that even with the generally satisfactory result from a standard LASIK, adverse effects and complications are inevitable. After the surgery, some patients have reported to have “flap” issues and an increased intolerance to very bright light. On the other hand, the expensive LASIK provides a much safer and better result as it utilizes special computers for mapping the eye and a latest technology they call “excimer laser” to reshape the cornea for reducing the flap difficulties. This wavefront-guided surgery is around the range of $500 to $600 per eye.
Check with your insurance company if they cover LASIK, as discounts are offered by some plans which are partnered with LASIK surgeons.
Some surgeons are willing to help those that can hardly afford the laser treatment. Options can be made in-house or via a financial institution.
For persons in military, they are usually offered discounts for the surgery at participating clinics. Verify with your base commander if the clinic you are in performs LASIK at no cost.
LASIK has shown to better the function of the body — this would mean that you may be eligible for a deduction in your expenses or a tax-free reimbursement. Seek for an advice from your local IRS about this matter.