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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

When my mother underwent chemotherapy, we spent a lot of time visiting the phlebotomy lab for blood testing. I was always impressed by how easily the phlebotomist was able to find and puncture a vein to draw blood on the first try. I knew there had to be a method to it, and was astounded by how effortless and painless they made the process. It led me to research a lot about blood tests, from drawing to the actual screening. I've created this site to share what I've learned in the hopes of teaching others. The more you understand, the more control you can have over your own health care.



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Testing, Testing 123: Phlebotomy Basics

What To Know About LASIK Surgery

by Francisco Arnold

If you have poor eyesight, there are a variety of ways to correct it. Eyeglasses and contacts are two of the most common ways to correct vision. However, they may not be the best choice for you if you are looking for a more permanent option. Eyeglasses and contacts can also be a hassle to deal with on a daily basis. If you are looking for long lasting vision correction, LASIK surgery may be right for your needs. Here are three things that you should know about LASIK surgery.

If You Are a Candidate

While LASIK can improve your vision, it may not be an option for you if you have certain conditions. If you have severe dry eyes, corneal disease, or other types of eye conditions, you may not be a candidate for this procedure. LASIK also tends to work better for those who have mild or moderate nearsightedness. If you have severe nearsightedness, results can vary. While many see a significant improvement in their vision after their surgery, not everyone sees the level of correction that they desire. Before seeking out LASIK surgery services, it's important to talk to your surgeon about whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure.

The Cost

Cost, of course, is something to consider when it comes to LASIK surgery services. The average cost of LASIK surgery is $1,950 per eye. Since LASIK is not typically a medically necessary procedure, insurance typically covers little to none of the total cost. While the upfront costs of this procedure are fairly pricey, you may want to consider the lifetime costs of glasses and contacts when making your decision. Over time LASIK may end up being more cost effective than other methods of vision correction.

Recovery Time

If you are considering LASIK surgery, you will also want to consider the recovery period after the procedure. Seeing the full improvement in your vision typically takes around four weeks. For the first few days after surgery you may have blurry vision and light sensitivity. You may also have eye pain for the first few days after surgery. Typically you can get back to your usual activities within a few days. The complete healing time from LASIK is typically around six months

LASIK is a great option if you are looking for long term vision correction. However, there are a few things to consider before getting this procedure. First, consider whether or not this procedure is right for you. Not everyone is a candidate. Costs can vary but typically you can expect to pay $1,950 per eye. Recovery time can vary but full healing time is around six months.

Reach out to a company like The Eye Center for more information.