Laser eye surgery – costs and risks

Optimal treatment of visual defects with precise laser beams – laser eye surgery is on the rise. Every year, more than 100,000 Germans have their vision corrected, and the trend is rising. What does it cost to have the eyes lasered and for whom is the technology suitable?

If the treatment is performed professionally, the procedure can correct refractive errors of Nearsightedness, about Astigmatismup to Farsightedness correct. Sharp vision without glasses becomes possible again in this way. For this the most important questions from the Costs for eye laser up to Risks and Side Effects.

Is laser eye surgery right for me?

If you wish you could see without vision aids even in plain everyday situations, then laser eye surgery may be right for you. In order for the laser to even be considered for correcting refractive error, certain basic conditions must be met. Those who want to have their eyes lasered to get rid of their glasses or contact lenses should be at least 18 years old. Furthermore, the Vision should not have changed in the last year. One should not suffer from any eye disease, not be pregnant and have sufficient corneal thickness.

Up to which diopter values can laser eye surgery help?

Thanks to the methodological progress in the field of refractive surgery Depending on the technical equipment available in the practice, even very pronounced visual defects can now be corrected by means of laser surgery. Nearsightedness can be treated well up to +10 diopters, astigmatism up to +6 diopters and farsightedness up to +4 diopters.

Which method is the most gentle?

The latest SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) eye laser method is also said to be one of the gentlest options for vision correction, as the cornea is only minimally stressed or remains more or less intact – except for a tiny incision.

The SMILE (Small Incision Lenticule Extraction) method is considered one of the gentlest and safest procedures in laser eye surgery. Its advantages include high precision, even in severe cases such as refractive errors; minimal impact on corneal stability or tear flow, as only parts of the natural lens inside your eyes are removed, which barely changes these factors
The advantages are not only in safety, but also in how quickly patients can recover after treatment with this new generation device, which allows for rapid recovery without any repercussions

How long does the laser eye treatment last?

The total treatment time is about half an hour. This includes the time for all preparatory measures – final measurement of the eye, anesthesia and fixation of the eye. The actual laser procedure usually takes only a few minutes, depending on the method used.

Is laser eye surgery painful?

No, laser eye surgery is virtually painless – although there may be pressure on the eyes for a few seconds during treatment when the retaining ring is attached, which does not cause pain but may be experienced as uncomfortable. Each patient is given numbing eye drops to eliminate pain and a sedative if needed prior to treatment. In very rare cases, there may be painful impairment due to infection after the laser procedure.

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What is the success rate?

Based on evaluations from years of application studies and patient feedback, one can speak of a 98 percent success rate for laser eye surgery. If one includes the minimal post-corrections, which can also occur in individual cases, the success rate of laser eye treatments is even 100 percent.

Does health insurance pay for laser eye surgery?

The chances of success for the health insurance company to cover the costs of laser eye surgery always depend on the individual circumstances. In any case, it is worthwhile for the insured, especially for privately insured patients, to ask their health insurance company and apply for coverage.

Laser eye surgery – what are the costs?

This varies from method to method. The entire treatment, including pre- and post-operative examinations, costs around €5,550 if you opt for the SMILE method.

Can I go blind as a result of unsuccessful laser eye surgery?

The answer is quite clearly, No. This is because the laser beams only work on the top layer of the eye, the cornea. The rest of the eye, the eye lens, the retina and the optic nerve remain untouched and cannot be injured.