To speak from a fully informed perspective, I wanted to wait at least a week before reporting on my laser eye surgery. Now after a full seven days and two follow up appointments, I see more accurately than 20/20.Is it worth it? If you hate your contacts like I did, then yes. You see better the very day of the procedure, there is virtually no downtime, and negligible risk. No one has ever gone blind from Lasik – you know I asked. The procedure itself is quick. It isn’t physically painful, but it is physically and psychologically uncomfortable. Thankfully, the procedure only takes a few minutes per eye. Clearer vision is immediately apparent after surfacing from the laser show and it continues to improve over the next 24-48 hours.It’s pricey, $1,700-$2,000+ for the most current bladeless technology PER EYE, depending on how you pay. By my calculations, this range represents 3-5 years worth of contacts, eye exams, and glasses – not to mention the daily hassle and dependence. Most of the major players in the game are national chains. They specialize in laser eye surgery and have the resources to invest in the latest technology. Most of these surgeons have performed several thousand procedures. It obviously never hurts to inquire about the malpractice history and experience of the doctor performing the surgery.Two other considerations: approximately 10% of cases require revisions for a variety of patient-specific reasons, and later in life, you may still need reading glasses.As far as side effects, I suffered a small broken blood vessel in the corner of my eye, probably from bearing down on the clamp. Dry eyes are pretty common as well. Keep drops handy and it isn’t an issue. Laser eye surgery has one of the highest rates of patient satisfaction, and it is obvious why. What is there to complain about when you wake up seeing 20/20 or better?
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