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The name Lasik is short for Laser Assisted in situ Keratomileusis. Lasik reshapes the cornea correcting myopia, hyperopia, myopia with astigmatism and hyperopia with astigmatism. Using an automated instrument called a microkeratome; the doctor creates a protective flap of corneal tissue. This flap remains attached on one side, as the excimer laser reshapes this newly exposed layer of cornea. Once the surface of the cornea has been treated by the exact amount necessary, which takes less than a minute, the doctor returns the flap to its original position. Therefore, the shape of the cornea is corrected under the surface.
To treat nearsightedness, the cornea must be made flatter. This is accomplished by removing tissue from the center of the cornea.
To treat farsightedness, the central cornea must be made steeper. This is accomplished by directing the laser beam to remove tissue from around the periphery of the cornea.
To treat astigmatism, the cornea must be made more spherical or round. By changing the pattern of the beam, tissue is removed in one direction more than the other.
Refractive Lensectomy is a procedure that is performed by removing the natural lens of your eye and replacing it with an artificial lens.
This is a very effective treatment for high ranges of nearsightedness and farsightedness. The same advanced technology is used for cataract surgery. Measurements are done pre-operatively to help predict what lens power of implant is needed. The implants are made to last a lifetime.
Because the lens implants are not flexible and set for a particular focal length, the patient will most likely require reading glasses following the procedure.
Astigmatic Keratomy (AK) is used to reduce or eliminate mild to moderate astigmatism. During AK, curved or straight incisions are made in the cornea. These incisions help round out an oval cornea. A rounder cornea means objects are no longer distorted.
Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) is a procedure that can be used to help people with mild to moderate myopia or hyperopia with or without astigmatism. During PRK, a special computer controlled laser (called an excimer laser) is used to reshape the surface of the cornea. When the center of the cornea is flattened, light rays are focused more directly on the retina and images are clearer.
Pre-Surgical Evaluation (Included in Surgery Fee)
A comprehensive dilated eye exam with refraction is performed 1) to confirm that your eyes are otherwise healthy, and 2) to determine your degree of near or farsightedness and astigmatism. Several specialized tests are also performed to analyze the surface of the eye (the cornea). The measurements from this exam will allow the doctor to correct your eyes appropriately. The fee for this exam, if you do not proceed with surgery, is $65.00.
Please be aware that for this visit, your eyes must e free of soft contact lenses for at least 1 week prior to the exam. If you wear rigid "gas-permeable" lenses, these must be discontinued at least 3 weeks prior to this exam.
LASIK Surgery Fees: $1,900. per eye / $3,800. both eyes
Refractive Lensectomy $2,600 per eye / $5,200. both eyes
We use the FDA approved VISX STAR S2 Laser in our practice. The fee is comprehensive and covers all aspects of the surgery and all follow-UP visits for two (2) years. In the unusual case of enhancement being needed within this time, the one-time fee would cover this as well.
Refractive Surgery Finance & Scheduling - Fry Eye Associates P.A.
Screening Consultation Complimentary
This is a complimentary visit to determine if your are a candidate for Refractive Surgery. We will "read" your eyeglass prescription. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about the procedure.
Most insurance companies do not cover Refractive Surgery. If your company offers coverage for the procedure our insurance staff will assist you in filing your claim. Refractive Surgery is an excellent investment in your personal well being. For this reason, we believe that financial considerations should not be an obstacle and provide the following options for payment:
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