A closer look at LASIK eye surgery

Published: Nov. 14, 2019 at 9:20 PM CST
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A 10 minute procedure, for a lifetime of change.

But, is it the right way to go when it comes to correcting a person's eyesight?

LASIK eye surgery has been around for more than 20 years.

It's one of several options for those tired of wearing glasses or contacts.

Derek Hutchinson has worn glasses since he was 10 years old and is curious about LASIK.

"I'm pretty active in the summer," Hutchinson says. "I've always been pretty active. Glasses, you know, they kind of bug me."

The only thing holding him back now, the price.

Eye surgeon Steve Bagan says insurance doesn't cover it, so it's about $2,000 dollars an eye.

"I don't know what research says about long term outcomes on LASIK," Fargo resident Julie Peterson says," and what could happen to your eyes."

Peterson says she's had glasses since she was a teen, but she's not sold on the idea. She's sticking with her specks.

"I just don't want anyone messing with my eyes," Peterson says.

She says she's known a lot of people who've had LASIK and still need cheaters.

"LASIK is stable. The effect of it is permanent, but that doesn't mean your eyes don't change," Bagan says. "So, we do have people who come back and they've been doing well for years. Ten years later, they come back and their eyes have changed. They just need a touch up."

Doctor Bagan has been in the business for 40 years. He says he's been performing LASIK surgery for about half that time.

"I have done over 10,000 surgeries and I have never had a disaster case," Bagan says. "Every one could pass a driver's test."

Hutchinson is on board with Bagan and wants to enjoy the benefits as soon as possible.

"Glasses work for now," Hutchinson says. "But, I would definitely like to have it done."

Peterson doesn't share his optimism.

"I have heard it causes problems," Peterson says.

While it's not for everyone, CBS recently reported that 20 million Americans have opted for LASIK eye surgery in the past two decades.

Bagan says LASIK might not be for everyone, but that the options are limitless.