How Much Does Revision Lasik Cost?
Most private centers guarantee to perform a revision surgery for free in case of incomplete correction following a Lasik procedure that was done by their doctors. This offer typically applies within a certain period of time (typically one year) from the date of surgery. Dr. William Boothe says that this should be taken into account before your initial vision correction procedure when choosing a laser center.
How Common is Revision Lasik Surgery?
It is difficult to estimate the accurate percentage of patients who will need a revision surgery. Studies show that for some reason or other 5 to 15 percent of patients may need additional vision correction, the type of which is individual in each case. As a rule, the percentage of such patients rises among the people who suffer from higher order aberrations or those who are older than fifty years of age.
Where to Have Revision Surgery?
You should approach this question even more seriously than when choosing your first laser vision correction and refractive surgeon. Of course, it is logical that you go to the center where you had the surgery and sort out the reasons for the incomplete vision correction, whether it was caused by irregularly chosen vision correction program, post-operative complications or nearsightedness progression. According to Dr. Boothe, there must be a mutual understanding and confidence between patient and his/her doctor, which will make it possible to reach a good treatment result. If, for some reason, you do not feel comfortable any longer with your original surgeon, it would be better for you to consult several other eye doctors and collect opinions.
There is no doubt that revision surgery is more risky and requires the Lasik surgeon to have high qualifications and professionalism, and that is the reason it is important to make a right choice.
Other Methods of Additional Correction
There is a range of alternative options that can be applied for additional correction following a Lasik procedure.
The easiest and safest way to get maximum vision acuity is to choose new eyeglasses. For instance, if a patient had had ten diopters of myopia and his/her vision improved by eight to nine diopters after a Lasik procedure, then a pair of light eyeglasses for distant vision will solve all problems and the patient will have perfect close vision.
In other cases, when refraction differs significantly from the planned one, it is possible to utilize other techniques, such as implant lenses or lens replacement. There are other treatments to further correct vision of age-related farsightedness, or presbyopia after Lasik procedure. Dr. Boothe explains that each case is unique and a good surgeon will match a technique that will provide a significant improvement and maximum safety for the patient.
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