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Lasik Eye Surgery Over 40

The laser assisted in situ keratomileusis surgery, also known as LASIK surgery is a laser eye surgery employed in the treatment of astigmatism (blurred vision), hyperopia (farsightedness) and myopia (nearsightedness)

It is a type of refractive surgery and the procedure entails the reshaping of the cornea with a laser or microkeratome for better positioning. This ensures that light entering the eye correctly focuses on the retina and the result is an improved and clearer vision. It is an outpatient procedure that takes about 10 minutes for each eye. Results are often visible within the next 24 hours after surgery while vision takes between few days and several weeks to stabilize.

LASIK is much preferred because it reduces and in many cases eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses. But, the LASIK eye surgery is not for everyone. Your optometrist will examine you and decide this based on certain factors that will determine if you are a good candidate or not.

A lasik candidate needs to be at least 18 or 21 years old, depending on the laser to be used. The age limit is a necessary precaution because for candidates younger than 18 years of age, growth is still occurring in different parts of the body as well as the eye. It is only in extreme cases that candidates below 18 are considered for the lasik eye surgery. This rarely occurs though as there is an increasing necessity for this surgery by candidates aged 40 years and above due to eye-related problems associated with middle age or developments due to lifestyle.

The older a patient is with any of the listed eye problems, particularly farsightedness, the higher the tendency for worsening if nothing is done about it. Lasik eye surgery offers men and women over 40, a chance to see better without having to depend on contact lens or glasses for their daily activities.

In fact, once you are over 40, you need to see your doctor for periodic tests as some of the considerations for the surgery, such as presbyopia, hyperopia and myopia, crop up with age and are true even for those who have had seemingly perfect vision all their life.

This is to be expected though because certain features of the eye such as the lens, change with age and cannot be expected to function optimally as in the past.

The lasik eye surgery is a painless and safe procedure with immediate results. It is a selective procedure and may not be the go to option if you have any eye defect other than loss of reading and distance vision

It is however prospect to be expected and okay to consider it as a better option and permanent solution than glasses and contact lens once you’re over 40. You however need to see your doctor first or a Lasik surgeon before you decide and once you reach a decision, go through the options and processes available for you together.

Thanks to an advance research and technology, high tech lasik technology is in use today with remarkable results to show for it.

Learn more about laser vision surgery from our professional ophthalmologists including correction for glaucoma, cataracts, astigmatism, dry eyes, and more.  To contact an eye doctor near you to discuss corrective eye surgery visit our website at or call us to make an appointment at 877.579.0202.

Is LASIK Worth $5,000?

Eyesight is an interesting thing. The American Optometric Association simplifies vision as what happens when rays of light reflect off an object and enter the eyes through the cornea. Ideally, our vision would always be perfect with little-to-no issues. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, and many Americans need assistance in the form of prescription glasses or contact lenses in order to see clearly. LASIK surgery gave those with poor eyesight hope back in the late 1990’s when it was finally approved in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But with an average cost of $4,000-$5,000 for the procedure, interested patrons may be initially turned off by the price. So, is LASIK worth $5,000?

The Cost of LASIK Over the Years

When LASIK first was approved in the U.S., the average cost per eye was $2,200, Alex Tabarrok writes in Marginal Revolution, an economic publication. Today, TLC Laser Eye Centers states that the average cost of LASIK is now $1,500 to $2,500 per eye, meaning there hasn’t been much of a change in rates despite the amount of time the procedure has been around. It is important to note, though, that price may vary depending on location and technology used.

The main issue in cost resides in the fact that most insurance companies will not cover the surgery as they deem it to be cosmetic. However, the good news is that many clinics do set up payment plans with you to help take away the burden of paying for LASIK all at once. You can also set up a Health Savings Account or a Flexible Spending Account, which can be used for medical expenses, TLC Laser Eye Centers advises.

Of course, you will see ads for LASIK offering rates as low as $250 per eye. Qualsight, a company that helps you find affordable LASIK doctors near you, warns that these deals look too good to be true because they often are.“These misleading pricing models significantly increase the cost based on your prescription or astigmatism. In addition, extremely low prices may not factor in enhancements or post-operative visits which are typically the following day after surgery, 1 week, 1 month and 3 months post-operative care,” they state on their website.

The Cost of LASIK Vs. Contact Lenses

Even though you aren’t paying a few thousand dollars at once for contact lenses or prescription glasses, the cost per year and over a lifetime can still add up.

According to senior editor Gary Heiting, OD, of, the average cost of contact lenses per year can range from $220 to $260, and this does not include the eye exams or solution. For contact lens solutions, Heiting writes to expect the cost to be an additional $150 to $200.

For eyeglasses, Vision Service Plan states that the national average cost is $530 without vision coverage. Even with insurance coverage, some insurance companies put a limit amount patients are able to spend on glasses, CostHelper Health adds. For example, Lia Health Alliance will pay up to $120 per year for glasses and the patient must pay for the rest, they state.

Is LASIK worth $5,000?

In most cases, LASIK surgery completely corrects your vision, meaning glasses and contacts are no longer necessary in order for you to see clearly. As with most things, there is no “one size fits all” with the procedure. In fact, even Dr. Joseph Dello Russo of DelloRusso Laser Vision admits that corrective laser eye surgery is not for everyone. Some may also have to get the surgery again later in life, depending on your age when you first receive it. This may be the case with Rebecca Harrington, who wrote about her experience in this 2016 Business Insider article.

But, due to its corrective nature, the cost of LASIK can definitely be worth it to save money over time. Poor vision often tends to get worse instead of better, thus meaning surgery is the only way to fully correct vision and prevent future expenses in prescription lenses.

Regardless, just like with any surgery, you want to make sure you do a thorough consultation with a LASIK doctor first and do your research. LASIK will only be worth the $5,000 if you are a candidate for the procedure.

Lastly, if you are interested in seeing what you might pay monthly for the costs if approved for a finance plan, you can use’s calculator here.

What are your thoughts? Is LASIK worth $5,000?

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Original Author: Jennifer Clark

Original Date: June 23 2017


Yes, you can fix your eye problems – this is how

Imagine not having to decide between being able to see and hot yoga class…or, waking up in the middle of the night and actually being able to walk your way to the bathroom without running into things.

While you might think dodgy vision is your lot in life, like thin hair or being under 5’2’’, turns out, there’s actually a raft of solutions depending on your eye condition.

“About half of Australians wear glasses (including reading glasses) or contact lenses,” says Melbourne-based ophthalmologist and advanced cataract and laser eye surgeon, Dr Rick Wolfe.

“Of those, about 50 percent are short-sighted, and 50 percent are long-sighted or presbyopic,” he says.

Wolfe, who’s been in the business for 30 years and 40,000 eye surgeries and counting, says his patients opt for a more permanent choice (only 4 percent of surgeries will need an enhancement), rather than glasses or contacts, for a few major reasons.

“It’s personal choice, but the first is convenience, second, that quality of vision is better with laser eye surgery, third, to avoid some of the potential complications associated with contact lenses (there’s a 1 in 2000 chance every year of an infection on the cornea), and then there’s also vanity reasons,” he says.

Often the eye surgery can be life changing, and Wolfe recalls one memorable moment with a patient.

“I saw one young woman who wore very thick glasses, and it was a pivot for her to change. She became more confident and addressed all the other things she saw about herself.”

In fact, it’s not unusual for patients to burst into tears…of joy.

“One of the most common laser eye surgeries, LASIK, actually enables you to see straight away. Patients will have a surprised look on their face and start to cry, as the results are better than they expected. You want to join in with them,” he says.

Why then isn’t everyone at it?

Well, you have to be an eligible candidate for starters. “Moderate to medium-high degrees of short- sightedness, and long-sighted people are usually suitable. If you have a disease of the cornea and eye, you won’t be suitable, nor are systemic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Your eyes will be thoroughly assessed to determine suitability before any treatment is recommended,” he says.

And then there’s the fear and expense. At around $3000 per eye, the hefty price tag is understandably a barrier for some. Although Medicare does not cover laser eye surgery, some private health insurance funds do cover some or all of the cost – so it pays to check with your provider.

Still interested? Behold, the available treatments for your eye conditions.

Short-sightedness (myopia)

What is it? Distant objects appear blurry. Short-sightedness affects about 25 percent of people, does not worsen with age, and is the most commonly treated condition.

What is the treatment? LASIK, ASLA, ICL, RLE.

How LASIK works is creating a flap from your cornea and treating underneath, and putting the flap back. You’ll be better almost immediately (the next day). ASLA treats the surface, recovery time takes about one week and patients usually experience some pain. Wolfe tries to avoid this method, which is only used in about five percent of cases, where the cornea thickness precludes the patient from LASIK.

ICL refers to the process of putting a lens inside the eye without taking the human lens out. This is a one eye at a time procedure, and is done when LASIK is not an option (too short sighted). RLE which is short for Refractive Lens Exchange, is similar to a cataract operation, where a multi-focal ocular lens is implanted teaching the eye to focus. It’s the most common implanted medical device in the world.

Long-sightedness (hyperopia)

What is it? Difficulty focusing on objects up close

What is the treatment? LASIK, ASLA, ICL, RLE.


What is it? Light focuses unevenly causing blurry or distorted vision over both long and short distances. Astigmatism doesn’t occur on its own, rather it’s associated with long or short sightedness. Bonus.

What is the treatment? LASIK, ASLA, ICL, RLE.


What is it? A natural part of ageing process, reading smaller print becomes more difficult usually from the age of 45. In fact, if you don’t get it, there’s likely something wrong with your eye, says Wolfe.

What is the treatment? Monovision, RLE. Monovision can treat presbyopia by making one eye short-sighted.


What is it? A degenerative eye condition, where the normal shape of the cornea becomes distorted and a cone-shaped bulge develops, resulting in a progressive blurring of the vision. This is a weakness in the collagen or fibres of the corneas.

What is the treatment? Kerarings, Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL).


What is it? An age-related cloudiness that develops in the lens, inside the eye, typically in your sixties and seventies.

What is the treatment? Cataract surgery/laser-assisted cataract surgery (LACS) is the most common operation in the world, with around 200,000 done every year in Australia.

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Original Author: Melissa Shedden

Original Date: Jul 4, 2017