Are You A Good Candidate for LASIK?

If you’re considering LASIK surgery, it’s important to know if you qualify for the procedure before you start your journey. While the majority of interested patients do qualify for the procedure, our consultation and evaluation appointments will help our doctors decide if the surgery is right for you.

Below are questions our doctors and vision consultants will ask you to see if you are qualified.

Are your eyes healthy?

At your evaluation, our doctors will do a few scans and tests to make sure your eyes are healthy. They also need to know if you have any eye diseases or other eye-related issues.

 

Do you wear contacts?

Wearing contacts does not disqualify you, but our doctors will ask that you take out your contacts 5 to 7 days before your procedure.

 

Do you have any systemic diseases?

Systemic diseases are conditions such as diabetes, thyroid issues or autoimmune disorders. Having one of these diseases does not necessarily disqualify you from surgery, but it is important for our doctors to know about them. If you condition is under control, you may qualify for LASIK. Contact one of our vision consultants and your primary care doctor to see if you are eligible.

 

Are you nursing or pregnant?

We can not offer the procedure to women who are pregnant. To qualify, a woman must be at least three months postpartum. If you are nursing, you may still qualify for the procedure. As a precaution, we ask that you pump for at least 24 hours after the surgery.

 

At 20/20 Institute, our vision consultants, technicians and doctors will work with you to find a procedure that is best for you. If you’re interested in LASIK, or one of our other procedures, call our vision consultants to set up your complimentary consultation.

LASIK Myths Debunked

Despite LASIK surgery being a common procedure for more than 20 years, there are still myths that people believe about the procedure. With advancements in technology, LASIK has become the safest elective surgery that a person can have. So, why are people still scared of it?

Here at 20/20 Institute, we strive to educate our patients on the benefits of LASIK and help them better understand the procedure. Below are some common misconceptions about LASIK.

 

Myth: Contacts are safer than LASIK.

Contacts actually have more risks than the LASIK procedure. The risk of infection with daily wear contacts is 10 times higher than having LASIK. If you wear extended wear contacts, your risk for infection is 34 times more likely than after the LASIK procedure.

 

Myth: LASIK can’t treat astigmatism.

When a person has astigmatism, the cornea is shaped more like a football rather than a basketball, causing distortion to both distance and near vision. LASIK can correct astigmatism by reshaping the corneal surface to be spherical so the light rays bend correctly to focus the light, making your vision clearer.

 

Myth: LASIK wears off

LASIK does not wear off, even years later. This can be confusing to some people, because after age 45, a person’s near vision naturally starts to deteriorate, which is called presbyopia. After LASIK, with the onset of presbyopia, a person may need reading glasses for up-close reading or computer work, but their overall vision is not affected. Presbyopia is not caused by LASIK – it is just a natural process.

 

Myth: You can’t serve in the military if you’ve had LASIK.

More than 650,000 people serving in the military have had LASIK, with more than 8,500 of those being aviators. LASIK is a safe procedure with a fast recovery time, and it will not disqualify you from military service.

 

Myth: The LASIK flap never heals.

With developments in technology and use of lasers, the LASIK flap heals completely in less than a year. After a year, it is virtually impossible to manipulate the flap.

 

Myth: LASIK causes dry eye, glares and halos.

According to the PROWL study (Patient-Reported Outcomes with LASIK), LASIK does not cause long-term dryness, glares or halos. These symptoms are only temporary after the procedure and generally subside within a few weeks. The 20/20 Institute was one of the five clinics that were chosen to participate in this national study.

 

There are plenty of myths about LASIK that could cause patients to second-guess the procedure. But 20/20 Institute’s goal is to educate our current and prospective patients about the benefits of LASIK and how it can help you see 20/20! Call us today to speak to one of our vision consultants, or contact us online!

How Affordable is Lasik?

Even with insurance, traditional vision correction can be expensive, and spending your time and money on eye exams, glasses and contacts can be frustrating. But, contrary to popular belief, LASIK is actually more cost-effective over time, saving you time and money.

Cost of LASIK vs. Glasses and Contacts

The industry average for LASIK surgery is about $5,000 or less. Buying contact solution and cases alone will cost you $5,400 in your lifetime. For traditional vision correction equipment, like contacts or glasses, you could spend anywhere from $12,000 – $36,000. Without LASIK, you could be spending nearly $60,000 on traditional vision correction, compared to the average $5,000 LASIK surgery cost.

Source: http://everywakingminute.com/index.php/lasikcost/

Payment Options

Paying the total amount of LASIK at once can be enough to deter people from getting the procedure. However, here at 20/20 Institute, we offer multiple flexible payment options.

Cash, Cashier’s Check or Charge

You can pay for the procedure with cash or any major credit or debit card.

 

Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Most HSA and FSA accounts allow patients to use them for LASIK procedures, but it is important to check with your provider before your procedure.

 

Financing

We strive to make LASIK affordable for everyone, which is why we offer financing options for our patients through CareCredit and GreenSky.

CareCredit is a healthcare credit card available to our Lifetime Plan patients at no interest if paid in full in 24 Months, and to our One Year Plan patients at no interest, if paid in full in 12 Months. The primary benefit of CareCredit is that when your procedure is paid off, you can still use your CareCredit card for other medical expenditures such as dental, and veterinary bills.

GreenSky is a medical term loan. We offer GreenSky to our Lifetime Plan patients at no interest if paid in full in 24 Months, and to our One Year Plan patients at no interest, if paid in full in 12 Months. When your GreenSky account is paid off, the account is closed.

 

Lifetime Plan

We also offer a Lifetime Plan for our patients. Our Lifetime Plan offers the ability for a refinement or enhancement procedure at no further cost until you get cataracts. Our Lifetime Plan comes with no strings attached – you don’t have to have annual eye exams or check ups to keep it valid.

At 20/20 Institute, we pride ourselves in exceptional service with competitive pricing below the industry average. We believe in clarity in vision, AND clarity in pricing. To start your journey, give us a call today, and your personal vision consultant will provide clear, straightforward information on pricing.

 

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