A patient undergoes LASIK surgery. BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images If you've ever been saddled with eyeglasses so thick that the lenses look like Coke bottles glasses, you've probably considered LASIK surgery (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, to give it its full name), a fast, safe procedure that began proliferating throughout the United States in the 1990s. In just a few minutes, LASIK can correct eye problems like myopia (nearsightedness — you can only see up close), hyperopia (farsightedness — you can only see far away) and astigmatism (blurred vision). But some patients notice that months or years later their vision seems to worsen again. So how long does LASIK really last? First, a little on how it works: In a LASIK procedure, a surgeon uses a high-precision blade called a microkeratome or an ultra-fast femtosecond laser to slice a corneal flap into the eye. Then, she lifts the flap to expose the corneal tissue, while an excimer laser reshapes the cornea by … [Read more...] about How Long Does LASIK Last?
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A selection of hearing aids are displayed. Surprisingly, hearing aids are not usually covered by insurance. BSIP/UIG/Getty Images Trying to understand health insurance coverage in the United States is like trying to untangle a ball of Christmas lights while blindfolded. But it's important! If you're lucky to be among the 87.8 percent of Americans who had health insurance in 2017, then it's imperative to understand what types of health care costs are covered under your plan and what you will end up paying out of pocket. If not, one unfortunate accident or emergency medical procedure could bankrupt you financially. Even if you think that you have a firm grasp on your health insurance fine print, these loopholes in health care coverage may surprise you. 1. Hearing Aids Hearing loss is the most widespread disabling condition in the U.S., with 48 million Americans suffering some degree of hearing loss, including one out of every three people by age 65. Yet Medicare, the federal safety … [Read more...] about 6 Surprising Things Health Insurance Doesn’t Cover in America