Thursday, April 25, 2013

Visian™ ICL Cost & Timing


Question: I have been told LASIK is not an option for me, due to a high prescription and thin corneas.  I was told that Visian™ ICL's would be the best option for me. One eye surgeon gave me a quote of $3850 an eye, and she would do the ICL's about a week apart. Another doctor said it would be $5450 for both eyes, and he would do both eyes at the same time.  All of his reviews (except for one) have been great and it appears he has done many ICL’s.  What am I missing?    Why is one so much more inexpensive than the other?!

Answer: The range of costs for a Visian™ ICL run from approximately $2500 per eye to $4500 per eye. The variation occurs due to geographic differences as well as what the quoted fee includes. Many surgeons prefer to do the implantable lens procedure in a sterile operating room much as they would do other intraocular surgery and thus incur a facility fee for the surgery center which is included in the fee. If the surgeon owns their own surgery center they may not “charge themselves” the same fee as a surgeon using an independent surgery center might incur. Further, Visian™ requires a YAG PI Laser procedure to create an opening in the iris. Some surgeons charge this as a separate procedure-either to the patent or their insurance and don’t quote it in the Visian™ fee. Last, on some occasions it is necessary to do a LASIK for a “fine tuning’ of the prescription on top of the Visian™ for the best vision correction results. Some surgeons include this as part of the quoted fee whereas others charge a separate additional fee. These types of considerations could contribute to the variations in quoted costs. Most conservative surgeons might wait a week between eyes to make sure the healing and outcome are as planned.

Important Note: The information presented on the See With LASIK Blog or provided in response to a request for information in the Ask LASIK Surgeons section on www.seewithlasik.com is not intended to diagnose or treat eye problems, eye conditions or eye diseases including appropriateness of treatment, risks, complications or side effects as related to LASIK. In particular a response to an inquiry made on the Ask LASIK Surgeons section of www.seewithlasik.com is not meant to take the place of the professional medical care provided by your eye doctor, ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon. Contacting us via e-mail or any other means is not a substitute for medical care.

Monday, April 22, 2013

LASIK Consultation & Surgery Timing


Question: How soon after a LASIK consultation can the procedure be done?

Answer: Assuming that your LASIK consultation demonstrates a healthy tear film, normal corneal thickness, shape and health as well as your overall eye health being normal in addition to a stable prescription you can schedule your LASIK surgery as soon as you wish. 

Important Note: The information presented on the See With LASIK Blog or provided in response to a request for information in the Ask LASIK Surgeons section on www.seewithlasik.com is not intended to diagnose or treat eye problems, eye conditions or eye diseases including appropriateness of treatment, risks, complications or side effects as related to LASIK. In particular a response to an inquiry made on the Ask LASIK Surgeons section of www.seewithlasik.com is not meant to take the place of the professional medical care provided by your eye doctor, ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon. Contacting us via e-mail or any other means is not a substitute for medical care.

LASIK for Mild Nearsightedness?


Question: I want to know if I can have LASIK for my mild nearsightedness. I am nearsighted and have been with the same weak prescription for many years of -1.00 right eye and -.75 left eye. Am I a candidate for laser eye surgery?

Answer: LASIK or any type of Laser Eye Surgery for vision correction of common vision problems such as nearsightedness is helpful for correcting distance vision for people who do not want to be dependent on glasses or contacts. If you wear your glasses full time and are hindered by them then it is possible that YOU MIGHT be a candidate. However, with the weak prescription that you note it is doubtful that you actually wear your glasses on a full time basis. Your best next step is to find the best LASIK surgeon in your area and schedule a consultation.

Important Note: The information presented on the See With LASIK Blog or provided in response to a request for information in the Ask LASIK Surgeons section on www.seewithlasik.com is not intended to diagnose or treat eye problems, eye conditions or eye diseases including appropriateness of treatment, risks, complications or side effects as related to LASIK. In particular a response to an inquiry made on the Ask LASIK Surgeons section of www.seewithlasik.com is not meant to take the place of the professional medical care provided by your eye doctor, ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon. Contacting us via e-mail or any other means is not a substitute for medical care.