Why you should say good-bye to your glasses and contacts and say hello to perfect vision with
Did you know that prescription glasses could end up
costing the average 20-year old American over
$5,000 over the span of his or her lifetime? And if
that person also wears contacts, the contacts alone
could end up costing over $27,500 during his or her
life? And these costs aren’t even including the
checkups, glasses and contacts supplies, and
various other components to prescription eyewear
that may be needed, such as cases for glasses and
However, if that same 20-year old were to get Beverly Hills Lasik o correct his or her vision,
then he or she could end up saving over $48,000 in costs for vision care. Although the upfront
price tag of about $3000 can seem steep at first glance, when considering the costs of
prescription glasses and contacts over the course of a lifetime, $3000 does not seem all that
high of a price to pay for vision correction.
Lasik- or as it is also known, laser eye surgery- is a refractive surgery that utilizes an excimer
laser in order to manipulate the shape of the cornea so that myopia (nearsightedness),
hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism (blurry vision) can be corrected.
During a Lasik procedure, the laser eye surgeon in Los Angeles will first slice off a thin layer
off the top of the cornea, leaving one end attached to the eye, exposing the inner layer of the
cornea. Using the excimer laser, the laser eye surgeon will ablate, or melt away, predetermined
areas of either the inner surface or the thin flap.
By ablating the center of the flap or the inner cornea, nearsightedness is corrected, since the
cornea is made flatter, and by ablating the outer rounded edges of the inner cornea,
farsightedness is corrected, since the cornea is made more pointed.
After the inner cornea and flap have been ablated to the laser eye surgeon’s satisfaction, the
outer flap is gently placed back on top of the inner cornea so that it can adhere back onto the
cornea naturally and begin the healing process.
The entire Lasik procedure takes less than ten minutes to finish for both eyes. Throughout the
entire procedure, the patient is awake and alert, although the eye will have been anesthetized
and the patient may have been given a mild sedative to relax. Immediately after the procedure,
most patients will be allowed to return to their normal, daily activities. Although patients will be
able to see clearer immediately following the completion of the procedure, full vision correction
may not be noticed until several months after the procedure.
Although Lasik will be more cost-effective the younger you are when you undergo the
procedure, no matter how old you are, there is a good chance that Lasik will end up paying for
itself during your lifetime. In fact, it has been estimated that people who 55 years old at the time
of their Lasik procedure will still end up saving over $17,000 in vision care costs throughout their