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Dr. Rick, Board Certified MD
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Experience:  Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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Am I a good candidate for laser surgery, and what are the

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Am I a good candidate for laser surgery, and what are the risks and costs?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
In order to give you any meaningful answer I need more information:
What is your eye glass prescription?
Do you have any medical problems?
Do you have any eye problems?
How old are you?
What would you like to get out of your eye surgery?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I am a 41 year old male, currently wearing glasses for relatively mild astigmatism. No other medical problems. My goal here is not to have to wear glass at all if possible, both for reading and sports.
I'm actually pretty sure I'm a candidate, but I'd like to know specifically what the risks are (percentage likelihood of success or failure etc), and also the price range that I should expect to pay (it's not covered under my insurance).
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Well, at your age you will need to use glasses to read after Lasik surgery......
Every surgeon has their individual statistics concerning various risks of the surgery so, with the specific data you want, I think it is best to ask your prospective eye surgeon those questions.
Prices range from $400/eye in Canada and some discount places to 2,500/eye at the premier facilities. Lasik is a very safe and effective surgery but -- if you never want to wear reading glasses --- it is NOT for you.
Here is a great webpage on lasik surgery:
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
thanks for the help.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
My Pleasure. Good luck to you.