Thursday, July 17, 2008

Lasik stands for Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis.As the name suggests, Lasik is a laser eye surgery used to correct different eye defects such as myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia.

How much does Lasik eye surgery costs in Los Angeles?

In Los Angeles Lasik eye surgery varies from surgeron to surgeon.There are other,more advanced techniques ,that can be more expensive that a traditional Lasik eye surgery.For example IntraLase.IntraLase is a newly developed technology that uses a laser beam to create a corneal flap instead of using a metal blade.This technique raises the costs of the lasik surgery by $300 per eye.

In Los Angeles the costs of Lasik varies from $1000 to $2500-$3000 depending on the lasik eye surgery center and surgeon.The best (and most expensive) lasik surgery centers are in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica area.

What are the other alternatives?

Some of the alternatives for Lasik eye surgery are PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) and

LASEK (laser epithelial keratomileusis).LASEK is a newer procedure similar to PRK.
There are also alternatives to laser eye procedures like Refractive Lens Exchange (your eye's natural lens is replaced with an artificial one) or CK for Hyperopia (Conductive keratoplasty).Conductive keratoplasty is a new

procedure that uses heat form radio waves to shrink the collagen in the periphery of the cornea.It's important to know that RLE ( Refractive Lens Exchange) does not have U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval yet.

Lasik complications

Every surgery has risks and Lasik eye surgery is no different.Here are some frequently reported complications of LASIK :

- Overcorrection or undercorrection

- Dry eye

- Infection

- Double vision

Although there are some risks involved , patients having unresolved complications six months after surgery has been estimated to about 3%.


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