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Less People Opting For Lasik Surgery During Weak Economy

The Lasik Indicator: More People Are Holding on to Their Eyeglasses

A steadily weakening economy has affected the way Americans are treating their eyesight issues. Instead of opting for Lasik surgery to correct their optical weaknesses, more of the optically impaired are holding onto their glasses until the economy turns around. With less discretionary income available, this is a natural decision for those considering corrective surgery, because these procedures aren't covered by insurance. According to the New York Times, the same thing happened during the 2001 recession when the surgeries endured a three-year slowdown.

Are there any procedures you're putting off, in an effort to be more financially conservative with a weakening economy?


snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Did they factor in the possibility that eyeglasses are getting more fashionable? I am a contacts girl, but even I want to spring for some nice new frames. I feel like everyone I know has Chanel/Prada/D&G frames now, why get surgery when glasses are pretty popular, at least for now.
stayplus stayplus 9 years
I'm holding onto my glasses, too. Even though I need to change my damn lenses after less than half a year's wear. That's another $200 gone. I'm also putting off dental work; dermatology consultation for my horrid bacne; checking out my slightly tilted pelvis; and possible IBS. My body is such a piece of rubbish. I am so getting private healthcare when I graduate uni and get a full-time job.
md12398 md12398 9 years
bunion surgery.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Lasik was absolutely fabulous, but I'm glad that I already have it done. Made such a difference, but if I were contemplating it now I would probably forgo it.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Teeth whitening...
So-Fab So-Fab 9 years
I really want lasik too. Maybe we could all go in and try to get a group discount!!!?
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
Nope. No type of surgery, thank goodness. I just hope that doesn't change anytime soon!
asilgrif asilgrif 9 years
I like my glasses. I have fun picking out stylish frames whenever it's time for new ones. I'm considering contacts, but honestly glasses are just fine with me.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
Lasik would be nice, but I really don't mind contacts/glasses. I haven't had a compelling enough reason yet to get it.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Thanks for the info JudeC. I've been thinking about this for about a year, I guess I'll hold off on it and $4000 is not bad considering how expensive it was when it first started. I know a lady who had eye correction surgery about 9 years ago and she said it was expensive, painful, it was full blade back then, and the recovery took about three months. She wished she could've waited till now.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I want Lasik so bad but I have to save up for it. It's a bad economy and my only goal is to pay off my small debt and save for property. I am also scared as h*ll of Lasik, I just don't like things that deal with the eye. I can't watch people put their contact in, I don't even own any b/c it just freaks me out. No other surgeries.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
FYI for anyone considering Lasik, it's really not that bad at all. When I went in to get mine done, they gave me a Xanax about an hour in advance to relax me. Then when the time came, I laid back, looked up into the red light for a few seconds on each side, felt a very slight pinch (not even painful) for a second on each eye, and that was it. The recovery was much more of a pain in the a$$. I had to tape these plastic shield things over my eyes every night so that I wouldn't rub them in my sleep, and couldn't wear eye makeup for weeks and weeks.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
I am actually holding off on getting Lasik! I want it BAD, but yeah. I don't really have $4,000 layin around.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
My mom actually just got lasik in February. It costs her around $4000. It was my Dad's V-Day gift to her. LOL I'm with JudeC. I've been putting off dental work as well. I'm just trying to save money for other things first. :OOPS:
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
Friday I but my finger open pretty bad chopping chocolate, and there was about a minute I was holding my finger shut over the sink contemplating the emergency room. I made the wiser choice and went despite the bill I will get. Health is worth it. I won't do lasik because it scares the poop out of me. They need to put me under for that!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Lasik's worth the money--I had it done a couple of years ago--but if I was considering it now, I'd definitely hold off. I'm holding off on some dental work, because my current job doesn't have dental coverage, unfortunately :(
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