You've been wanting to throw out your glasses and contacts for a while. Contacts become dry and grainy. Glasses make it difficult to be as active as you would like. You're considering laser eye correction surgery but you're not sure if you can afford it, or which procedure is right for you. Here are some considerations that may help you decide.
The Cost of LASIK
LASIK laser eye surgery involves reshaping the cornea of your eyes to restore your vision. Dr. Foulkes uses advanced technology to create a foldable flap on the outer layer of your eye to reach the cornea. The flap is then positioned over the correctly shaped eye. LASIK can correct farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. The cost of LASIK varies across the country but the average cost in 2014 was $2,118 per eye. Insurance companies rarely cover the cost of laser eye surgery in Chicago, but it's still a good idea to check with a representative of your health insurance.
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The Cost of PRK
Many people don't know all of the available eye surgery options, or the costs involved. Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is an alternative surgery for those who don't meet the criteria for LASIK . If you've undergone LASIK before, or have an especially thin cornea, PRK is a better option for you. Although PRK takes slightly longer to recover from, it might cost less than LASIK. The average cost of traditional PRK is $1,800 for both eyes, or $4,000 for custom PRK.
The Cost of Visian ICL
Visian ICL is an implanted intraocular contact lens. Once implanted, you shouldn't feel any discomfort. You most likely won't notice anything but your new near-perfect vision. This option is convenient and less intimidating. Visian ICL is an outpatient process that requires as little as 15 minutes. If you suffer from cataracts and poor vision, Visian ICL might be perfect for you.
There are several forms of vision correction. The ideal way to find out which one is within sight of your price range is to contact our Chicago eye doctor, Dr. Foulkes, at 630-724-1400 for a FREE consultation. Foulkes Vision treats patients in Chicago, Lombard, Downers Grove and surrounding Illinois areas.