Are LASIK and other vision correction procedures covered by insurance?
Generally, they are not covered by insurance, but you should always check with your individual company. Many people have medical flex plans they use to save on their procedure by using pre-tax dollars. You can check with your employer's human resources department to see if this is a benefit provided to you. If you would like to consider financing options, please ask the refractive surgery coordinator for more information. We also participate with CareCredit. Click here to learn more or apply.
Are there any side effects?
As with any treatment or operation there are potential side effects and risks. Some of the more common side effects associated with LASIK are: dry eyes, increased sensitivity to light, glare and halos around lights, fluctuating vision, and hazy vision. A professional staff member will thoroughly explain the potential risks and benefits of each procedure to you during your pre-op screening appointment. You may also want to review the straight-forward Patient's Guide to Refractive Surgery published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
What results can I expect?
It is important that you have realistic expectations before you decide to undergo any vision correction procedure. The vast majority of patients who undergo these procedures are very pleased with the results. One study under the guidance of the FDA found that, one year after LASIK treatment, 98% of patients could see 20/20 and 70% could see 20/16 or better without glasses or contacts.
The goal of any refractive procedure is to reduce the need for glasses or contacts. If you expect better vision without glasses or contacts, you will likely be pleased with your results. If you expect perfect vision without the need for glasses or contacts, you may be disappointed.
Which procedure is right for me?
There are many factors that dictate which procedures are best suited for each individual. Some of these factors will be discovered during your pre-operative evaluation. Some of these factors are determined by your lifestyle and preferences. John Sutphin, MD, our Refractive Surgery Specialist, will discuss the results of your pre-op testing and will ask you about your lifestyle so that you can make the best decision for your particular case.