Risks, Benefits and Cost
When considering laser vision correction, as with any procedure, the patient and the Baylor Vision physician work together to evaluate the relative risks and benefits for each individual patient. A successful outcome decreases an individual’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses, and in some cases, allows you to function without the need for any glasses or contact lenses for many years. This permits many patients to more enjoyably participate in a variety of activities at work, in the home, and during their leisure time. When our patients discuss their individual experiences following laser vision correction, they frequently describe a general improvement in their overall quality of life, for example, as being able to see the alarm clock in the morning without glasses.
As with all procedures, laser vision correction is not without risks and side effects. Your eye could receive too little or too much correction. In some cases, this can be improved by performing an additional treatment that is usually done three months later.
Risks of LASIK and PRK include dry eye syndrome, which can be severe; the possible need for glasses or contact lenses after surgery; visual symptoms including halos, glare, starbursts, and double vision, which can be debilitating; and the loss of vision. Contraindications to these procedures include severe dry eye, excessively thin corneas, irregular corneal shape, and certain medical and eye conditions.
The cost of laser vision correction varies according to the specific procedure that is performed. Our fee includes the pre-operative care, laser vision correction surgery, and one year of follow-up visits. Parking is available for a minimal fee.