Corrective eye surgery is something that happens much more these days than it used to. The main reason why is that techniques exist now that didn’t a half-century ago, or even a couple of decades ago.

You might be considering corrective eye surgery, but you’re not so sure about it. You’ll need to consult a competent eye doctor and talk to them about your situation particulars. Together, you may decide that you’re a suitable candidate.

Here are a few considerations that might enter into your decision.

How Bad is Your Vision?

It’s true that there are risks associated with eye surgery, or with any surgery, for that matter. One of the things you’re going to have to talk about with your doctor or medical team is exactly how bad your vision is.

If your vision is very poor, you may decide that:

  • The surgery risks are worth it
  • You trust your doctor if they say that it’s low-risk

If your vision is quite bad, and your doctor says corrective surgery is low risk and can make a real difference, that might be enough for you to agree to it. No one likes having surgery, but if its outpatient and you can do it in a single afternoon, you might leap at the chance.

How Much Does It Cost?

With this country’s privatized healthcare, you might not have insurance or your insurance might not be very good. If so, the corrective surgery price tag might be more than you’re willing to pay.

On the other hand, if your physician feels strongly that this can help you, you might decide that you need to scrape the money together and go through with it. You could:

  • Dip into your savings
  • Borrow money from a relative or friend

If you have collateral, you might get a bank loan. You may hunt for a job where you can get better insurance. You could even talk to your doctor about a payment plan if you know you can’t pay all at once.

If you want the surgery enough, you can probably find a way to afford it. Eye surgery is usually not one of the most expensive ones that exists, especially if it’s something simple, like Lasix.

How Good Is Your Doctor?

Another equation part is how respected your doctor is. If you know that people regard your eye surgeon as one of the best, you’ll know you’re in good hands.

If you look online and see that they have some mixed reviews, you might hesitate. Eye surgery isn’t like getting your car’s oil changed. You must be certain that you have someone who knows what they’re doing for such a delicate procedure.

If your eye surgeon doesn’t seem that great, you can always look for another one online. If you find one with better reviews, you might be willing to travel a little further away to reach them.

Are There Other Options?

You might also speak to the doctor about whether there are other options that could lead to your seeing better, aside from surgery. All eye surgery is elective. If you know that you could get glasses or contacts that could do as good of a job of helping you see, you might want to go with one of those instead.

It might annoy you a little having to put those contacts in every morning, or to carry those glasses around with you. At the same time, it’s not surgery and the inherent risks that go along with it.

Just because a doctor tells you that corrective eye surgery is very safe and not particularly invasive now, that doesn’t mean it’s completely safe. The idea of lasers in your eyes isn’t exactly a pleasant thought, and something can still go wrong.

You might decide that a safer option, like contacts or glasses, makes more sense for you.

Everyone must make their own medical decisions, and that includes weighing the pros and cons. Corrective vision surgery is seldom one that will mean your life or death. It’s not like needing a heart transplant.

If you feel that you have the means to pay, a good doctor, and you trust the stats that say this surgery often works, then you’ll likely have no issue going through with it. If you’d rather use other means to treat your poor vision, there’s nothing wrong with that either.

Each individual must carefully consider their situation and do what seems to make the most sense.

Cite this article as:
Editorial Staff, "Corrective Eye Surgery Positives and Negatives," in Medicalopedia, October 13, 2020, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/9303/corrective-eye-surgery-positives-and-negatives/].