The World Health Organization is warning people against going through the expense of having their eyes replaced by laser surgery.
The global health body says it has identified more than 4,000 people in the U.S. who could face financial hardship if they do have their eye surgeries done in the future.
The U.K. and New Zealand have also raised concerns over the risk of being out of pocket if the surgeries are performed in their countries.
The WHO has issued a new guidance saying it’s important to seek out alternative procedures if you’re going to have a surgery done in your country.
The guidance comes after the World Health Assembly approved a resolution that calls on the WHO to step in and stop the costs associated with laser eye procedures.
The United States is one of the world’s top five earners for laser eyes.
The American Laser Eye Association has called for a halt to the worldwide trend to have more surgeries done by laser, which costs millions of dollars and involves using lasers to burn and remove skin.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.