Medical Loans For Laser Eye Surgery And Prescription Glasses
How often do you think about eye health? Optometrists in South Africa will agree that most patients don’t even give it a second thought unless their vision has changed or they are experiencing discomfort.
What many may not realise is that optometry involves more than eye tests and buying frames for glasses. Fact is, it plays a vital role in maintaining overall health as our eyes can indicate signs of more serious health issues, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
While an eye test is relatively straightforward, many patients are concerned about the cost of prescription glasses and laser eye surgery in South Africa. The good news is that MediFin offers affordable medical loans to also cover optometry like new frames for glasses, LASIK eye surgery, contact lenses or eye tests among others.
How Often Should I Get An Eye Test?
The short answer is every two years, but children younger than 16 and people over the age of 70 should visit an optometrist once a year. Even adults with good eyesight and who never needed prescription glasses or contact lenses should book an eye test every two years.
If any eye problems do occur, you should book an appointment with an optometrist as soon as possible. With regular eye checks and making a few lifestyle changes, you can minimise eye conditions like cataracts, Keratoconus, macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy.
What Is Laser Eye Surgery?
Laser or Lasik surgery is also known as refractive surgery which is a term used to describe surgical procedures to help correct vision. There are several types of laser eye surgery to treat various common vision problems to help reduce dependency on glasses or contact lenses. Some of the benefits of laser surgery include the following:
- Most patients have a dramatic reduction in dependency on prescription glasses or contact lenses where many no longer need them at all
- There is very little pain due to numbing drops
- Vision is corrected nearly immediately or the day after
- No bandages or stitches are required
- Adjustments can be made years after the surgery to further correct vision if needed
What Is The Average Cost Of Laser Eye Surgery In South Africa?
The most common Laser Eye Surgery procedure is LASIK (Laser Insitu Keratomileusis), with countless patients having successfully received treatment. However, the average cost can be anywhere between R25,000 and R40,000 which means not everyone can afford it. Fortunately, MediFin offers easy-to-pay optometrist loans that can be used for prescription glasses, contact lenses, eye tests or LASIK surgery.
How To Apply For Medical Loans for Optometry
Whether patients need medical loans for new prescription glasses, eye tests or refractive eye surgery, they can visit MediFin’s easy-to-use website and apply online. The application process can be done fairly quickly and involves a few easy steps and procedures:
- Get a quote from the optometrist or healthcare practitioner
- Apply online by visiting https://medifin.co.za
- Wait for approval which is usually within an hour
- On success, digitally sign a loan agreement via email
- Payment is made directly to the optician or healthcare provider
Considering that optometrists in South Africa treat a large variety of patients, offering medical loans will go a long way in promoting eye health. If you’re an optometrist looking to help your patients, join MediFin’s online directory with thousands of other healthcare professionals across all fields of practice.
Optometrist Tips For Maintaining Good Eyesight
- Eat a balanced diet of foods rich in antioxidants such as leafy, green vegetables and fish, salmon in particular. Try to avoid high-fat diets as they can cause deposits that constrict blood flow in the arteries
- Exercise regularly as it improves blood circulation which improves oxygen levels to the eyes while removing toxins
- Get a good night’s sleep to give your body, mind and eyes a break
- Wash your hands regularly, especially if you wear contact lenses
- Follow good hygiene practices as some germs and bacteria on your hands can cause colds or and also bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Smoking is known to increase your risk of various health conditions affecting the eye. To help you quit smoking, visit Heart Foundation or the Cancer Association of South Africa website
- Wear sunglasses when you go outside to help your eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) light but only use sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection
Why Choose MediFin For Optometry-Related Medical Loans?
MediFin is an independent, fully compliant and self-funded authorised Financial Services (FSP46701) and Registered Credit Provider (NCRCP807). They provide patients with affordable financial solutions to cover medical procedures from registered South African doctors and other medical professionals.
A MediFin loan can be used to cover LASIK surgery or prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, frames for glasses, contact lenses or any other associated medical bills. MediFin gives patients the ability to access expensive medical care through affordable monthly payment options.