Measuring Up the Costs and Benefits of Having Corrective Eye Surgery

 By: Kate Dawson
While the benefits of laser eye surgery or refractive lens exchange may be obvious, the cost may be a factor in putting people off what might be seen as a significant purchase. If the cost of the procedure is a factor for you then you might be interested to know that by not having the surgery you may well end up spending more over the long term.

Costs could include continuing appointments with ophthalmologists and the expense of new glasses when the old ones no longer provide adequate assistance. Eye drops and other prescriptions will also be necessary as the eyes continue to worsen. All of this adds up to a considerable amount over time. Added to these costs may be others such as taxi fares when driving becomes no longer possible. Special lighting may be required at home and even special equipment that is needed for people who are partially blind. On top of the financial cost there is a considerable cost in terms of quality of life too. Having clear, youthful vision that enables you to live life to the full is what corrective eye surgery provides. The alternative is ever diminishing eye sight with the end result being partial or total blindness.

The initial cost of laser eye surgery or refractive lens exchange may seem high, but the long term costs of not having it done could add up to a lot more. If you are interested in having eye surgery then your first step should be to talk to your local eye doctor to discuss the options available. There are a few choices when it comes to eye surgery. Refractive lens exchange involves the removal of the lens of the eye and replacement with an artificial one. Very similar to a cataract surgery procedure but instead of inserting a clear lens refractive lens exchange involves inserting a prescription lens. This is perfect for people over 50 who suffer from cataracts and refractive errors like myopia or hyperopia. Both conditions can be fixed at once with this procedure.

Alternatively laser eye surgery may be more appropriate especially for those who are younger and suffer from bad eye sight. This too is painless and very effective. The eyes heal on their own without needing a large amount of recovery time. With refractive lens exchange patients can return to work just a few days later. These treatments involve a cost that some may feel is prohibitive, but the long term benefits and the savings to be made over time are also significant. As with any significant purchase there are often finance options available to make this more affordable.

People who have had to rely on contact lenses or glasses for years or even their whole lives are amazed at the results that surgery provides. Cataracts or other eye problems can severely affect eye sight. Surgery fixes the problem almost immediately. Eye sight returns to being clear and bright and much more youthful. Being able to throw your glasses away can be a momentous occasion.

The surgery is extremely safe and there is little to do after surgery to help the eyes return to normal. Eye drops will perhaps be necessary and a follow up appointment with the surgeon, but otherwise the eyes mend themselves easily. There is a noticeable improvement to eye sight often just a few hours following surgery. An initial itching may be experienced as the eyes heal but this goes away quickly.

If you want to find out more about which eye treatments may be suitable for you, contact your nearest eye hospital that offers Clarivu. You can discuss any concerns you have about refractive lens exchange complications with the free consultation that is provided. You can also discuss the refractive lens exchange cost and what is involved in the process. Once you consider the options available and the ongoing costs of not having the surgery done you are likely to see that its an easy decision. Having eye surgery also dramatically improves quality of life which in itself is priceless.
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