Sunday, June 21, 2009

LASIK versus contact lenses.

A friend who also works in a call center told me how she spends so much money on contact lenses. She said she spent about 5000 pesos for the one that is currently using. And she may need to purchase one after 6 or 12 months.

However, she said that it is much practical than to wear eyeglasses for her astigmatism. She said she hated wearing eye glasses as she used to wear one during her primary and high school years. She said that she can not afford having her eyes treated with the newest technology like the LASIK surgery.

I actually made a little research about this technology as I also want to know if my father can be a candidate for this procedure. LASIK or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis is a type of refractive surgery for correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. LASIK can be performed by ophthalmologists using a laser. The procedure requires less time for the patient's recovery, and the patient feels less pain overall.

I also learned that most people nowadays are choosing LASIK as an alternative to wearing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses and I found out why. It is actually more practical and affordable to undergo LASIK when thinking of long term. My friend who is wearing extended wear contacts will most likely spend up to $20,000 while an iLASIK procedure can pay for itself in seven years by eliminating the ongoing cost of glasses, contact lenses and solutions. The procedure is even covered by some health savings accounts who offer tax deductible way to pay for better vision.

During these times when every penny counts, I think we should be thinking of a LASIK procedure.

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1 comment:

EddieGarcia said...

Very informative post! I have heard that this surgery cannot be performed after a certain age and that it will only last for a short time before the individual will have to get corrective wear. Even if a person can get better eyesight for several years, I suppose it would be worth it.

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