Considering LASIK Eye Surgery
It has not been a great year for my eyes. I started off the year replacing my glasses since I had an eye issue that prevented me from wearing contacts for 1-2 weeks. I used up my eye benefits and still had to take about $300 (unplanned) out of my flex spending for the year. The issue/infection itself required 3+ doctors visits before it was deemed completely heeled, resulting in $20-$50 in co-pays each time.
This month I ran out of contacts lenses and also got a call reminding me to come in for a check-up. It was a light week at work, so I decided I’d take care of it right away. I got my prescription checked, ordered new contacts, and walked out the door about $300 poorer. I didn’t allocated that much to my HSA this year, so this is just an out of pocket expense.
Side note: I HATE that eye doctors charge extra for “contact lens exam”, which have never been covered under my various insurance plans.
My prescription had changed slightly, but I asked if I could still get LASIK. Most doctors tell me I should wait until my prescription stabilizes. If my parents’ eyes are any indication, my eyes will continue to get just a little worse each year from now until forever. Everyone I know who has had LASIK raves about it being the best thing ever. I don’t doubt that – but am still concerned about my ever degrading prescription. I don’t want to do it only to be back in contacts/glasses 3- 5 years down the road!
I’m planning to get a consultation or two this fall and see what the doctors say. Perhaps I’m not even a good candidate for other reasons, perhaps the prescription issue is bigger (or smaller) than I thought. If I am, I’d need to know sometime in the fall in order to allocate the money for my HSA for next year.
For those of you who have had LASIK, how did you find a good LASIK doctor? Are there any important questions to ask? Can you point me to any good research resources? Also, does anyone who has done it NOT recommend it?