LASIK is an increasingly common procedure, and finding a LASIK surgeon is perhaps one of the most important parts of your decision-making process. To ensure a safe and effective procedure, it is important to choose a surgeon who is well trained and highly experienced. To choose the best LASIK surgeon, you can use a number of resources including the Web research - article sites such as www.SeeForYourself.com and board sites such as www.abop.org (American Board of Ophthalmology),patient references, and the experiences of your friends and family.
Don’t bank entirely on the cost of LASIK
Some consumers may be enticed to visit a LASIK surgeon based solely on who advertises discounts or lower prices than other surgeons. While the price of the procedure can be a factor when choosing a LASIK surgeon, other important factors should be considered. LASIK is a serious medical procedure that must be performed by a highly skilled surgeon with exceptional training and experience. Choosing a surgeon based only on price alone is gambling with one’s vision. The decision should incorporate the cost of LASIK eye surgery and financing options together with the reputation of the practice, the technology used and the surgeon’s skill and experience.
Review and research the technology
You should pay attention to the technology used by a LASIK surgeon. As new technologies and techniques emerge, LASIK also evolves, providing patients with better results and less discomfort. A surgeon should offer customized lasers and technology for optimal results. Many of these new LASIK technologies provide highly accurate measurements and laser technology for optimum outcomes. To learn more about our customized technology, you can visit websites that specialize in providing consumers useful information about LASIK and the newest and safest laser technology such as www.FDA.gov.
One of the best ways to choose a LASIK eye surgeon is through word-of-mouth. Your friends and family who have had the procedure are often more than happy to recommend a surgeon. These sources may also provide detailed information about a doctor’s personality, the cost of LASIK eye surgery and quality of patient care that a website or advertisement may not offer.
You can also ask your ophthalmologist, optometerist, or eye care professional for a referral to a LASIK surgeon. Doctors who are familiar with their patient’s unique vision correction needs can assist in the process of finding a qualified LASIK surgeon who specializes in a variety of special vision conditions.
To learn more about a particular LASIK surgeon, you can ask the LASIK surgeon for references or ask to consult with their previous patients. References can help you learn more about how well a LASIK surgeon treats patients both medically and personally.
Surf the Web
The Web is a useful and convenient tool that allows consumers to easily research LASIK surgeons. Many doctors have websites that highlight specific details about their practices, including the technology and lasers they use and surgical fees. A LASIK surgeon’s Web page may also outline the surgeon’s education and certifications.
The Web can also be useful for verifying a surgeon’s credentials. Many official ophthalmology organizations, such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology (www.aao.org) and the American Board of Ophthalmology (www.abop.org)have websites that allow consumers to search for officially accredited surgeons in their area.
Consumers can also visit consumer advocacy organizations’ websites. For example, the National Consumers League offers tips on choosing a physician. These groups also specialize in providing public warnings about untrained or unofficially certified LASIK surgeons to prevent medical malpractice.
Some questions to ask a LASIK surgeon may include:
While you should prepare to spend around 90 minutes at your doctor’s office for both your preop vision exam and treatment, the surgery itself takes less than 10 minutes. In fact, the laser will be used on each eye for less than a minute.
The cost of LASIK will depend on a number of factors, including your prescription, the procedure to best correct your vision, and discounts through your health or vision insurance plan to name a few. Regardless of the package required for your vision correction needs, our prices are 20% below the national average price. The only way to obtain an exact cost is to have your free LASIK examination with us.
We guarantee financing and offer a variety of financing options that fit almost any budget, from 0% interest or $0 down options, to plans with payments less than $100 per month.‡
For a limited time, prices start at $250 per eye in select locations♥.
Yes! LasikPlus offers guaranteed finanicng, including $0 down or 0% options, as well as extended payment options‡. You can be on your way to 20/20 vision with a monthly payment that works for you!
A flexible spending account (FSA) is an employer-sponsored benefit that allows you to deduct a percentage of your paycheck and use that money to pay for eligible medical expenses. This is done on a pretax basis, meaning the money is exempt from federal, state and social security taxes. It’s a nice option for employees who expect to incur medical expenses that won’t be reimbursed by regular health insurance plans.
Yes, LASIK is an eligible FSA expense under IRS guidelines. FSA funds can also be used to pay for prescription medications associated with the procedure.
FSAs offer another financial advantage. Since the money is deducted on a pretax basis, you save an amount equal to the taxes you would have paid on the cash set aside.
LASIK and laser vision correction procedures are virtually pain-free as the eyes are numbed with anesthetic drops prior to the procedure. Patients will feel light pressure during the procedure, but it is not uncomfortable. Following the procedure, most patients do not experience pain, and wetting drops can be used to alleviate any dryness or scratchiness.
Most patients have immediately improved vision following the procedure. Naturally, there will be some blurriness of vision, but more patients see clearly within 24 hours and return to work the next day.
Absolutely. Most surgeons will conduct LASIK procedures on both eyes at the same appointment.
Contacts alter the shape of the cornea, therefore they need to be removed prior to your treatment. The amount of time that the contacts should be removed depends on the type of contacts worn. During your initial eye exam, you will be provided with detailed contact lens removal instructions.
All-laser LASIK, also called Bladeless LASIK, iLASIK™, and IntraLASIK™, mean that the corneal preparation and reshaping are both conducted through the use of cool pulses of laser light. Premium LASIK providers have eliminated the use of the microkeratome, which uses a thin blade to cut a cornea flap prior to reshaping the cornea. LasikPlus utilizes 100% bladeless LASIK.
LASIK and PRK are considered to be permanent procedures. For a small number of patients, a retreatment may be necessary to obtain optimal results. With the LasikPlus Lifetime Advantage Plan, medically appropriate re-treatments are performed free of charge.
We have relationships with hundreds of optometrists. If you are interested in seeing your optometrist, or would like a referral to an optometrist for annual eye health checks, we are happy to discuss this with you during any of your visits.
The actual reshaping of the cornea for vision correction is the same with PRK and LASIK. The difference with PRK is how the cornea is prepared for the procedure. Rather than a laser being used to prepare the cornea, the corneal tissue is gently wiped from the cornea. Following the PRK procedure, a soft contact lens is placed on the eye to act as a bandage. This allows patients to see and function while the corneal tissue regenerates and heals beneath the lens, within a few days.
For some patients, PRK offers distinct advantages over LASIK. The recommended procedure depends mostly on the patient’s corneal thickness, but a patient’s lifestyle and occupation are also considered. During your initial exam, your doctor will take time to learn about your eyes and you in order to recommend the procedure that will be best to correct your vision.
While you should plan to be with us on your procedure day for about 90 minutes, the procedure itself takes less than 15 minutes to complete. In fact, the laser will be used on each eye for less than one minute. A majority of time at the office is for retesting, completing paperwork, and allowing the numbing drops to take effect.
The PRK procedure is virtually pain-free as the eyes are numbed with anesthetic drops prior to the procedure. Patients will feel light pressure during the procedure, but it is not uncomfortable. For the first few days following the procedure, you may experience mild tearing or foreign body sensation like an eyelash in your eye. You will be prescribed drops to alleviate these symptoms.
It is possible, but the doctor will take time to learn about your lifestyle and needs, and work with you to make this decision.
No. A vast majority of patients do achieve 20/20 vision, or even better following their procedure, but some do not. Patients with high prescriptions may not achieve optimal correction following their procedure. Residual refractive errors that remain after the first procedure can often be fixed through a retreatment or enhancement procedure. LasikPlus offers free retreatments with our Lifetime Advantage Plan.
Dry eyes following LASIK or PRK can occur and are usually a temporary side effect. Following your procedure, you will be asked to us artificial tears, which will help prevent the dry-eye feeling. For most patients, the dryness disappears within 3 to 6 months following treatment. If you already experience dry-eyes, make your LASIK/PRK doctor aware as it will aid in the recommended procedure for you. They may also prescribe additional eye drops to help you following your procedure.
You’ve probably given a lot of thought to how your life will improve after LASIK, but you may have also wondered about the potential risks and side-effects of LASIK. A majority of people do not experience a LASIK complication, but it is good to be aware of the possibilities so you can have an educated discussion with your LASIK doctor .
Below are some potential, though rare, complications and side effects associated with the laser vision correction.
There are certain health conditions that can increase the risks or side-effects associated with LASIK or PRK. It is important to inform your LASIK doctors about any health conditions prior to your procedure as they may not recommend laser vision correction for you.
Conditions that are contraindications for laser vision correction include:
During a FREE LASIK consultation with us, you will be given time to ask all of your questions. Our goal is to not only ensure that we recommend the best vision solution to correct your individual needs, but to also ensure that you are comfortable with your decision to have LASIK at LasikPlus. Selecting an experienced surgeon and LASIK team can reduce your LASIK risks.
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