What is the difference between $999 and $2,499 LASIK?
Your vision is priceless, but you want to get a good value and price for your surgery. “You get what you pay for” is an old saying that remains true with LASIK and other vision correction procedures. Consider some of the following guidelines that may improve your visual results.
Approach with caution
Low prices are great at catching people’s attention, but beware of extra charges or the common “bait and switch.” Tiered pricing that depends on your prescription could more than triple the price of your surgery at some LASIK centers. At Premier Eye Care Group, patients pay a global price for preoperative testing, an evaluation by our surgeon, the surgery, and one year of LASIK follow-up regardless of their prescription.
The FDA’s LASIK web page is dedicated to making patients aware of risks associated with LASIK. It states, “Be wary of eye centers that advertise ’20/20 vision or your money back’ or ‘package deals.’ There are never any guarantees in medicine.”1
Is LASIK right for you?
If a discount LASIK center is offering LASIK for $999, it most likely won’t be offering other surgical vision options. Many LASIK patients rave about their results and freedom from corrective lenses, but what if there is a better procedure for your eyes? What if a different procedure could give you better results for night driving?
Dr. Brent of Premier Eye Care Group explains, “We offer many options, not just LASIK, to make sure that every patient has the best possible technology available for them. Even with all the options, there are still patients that may not be a great candidate for refractive surgery. At Premier Eye Care Group you meet with the surgeon before the day of surgery, and we are always available for follow-up care.” Some surgeons who perform LASIK at discount centers travel quickly in and out of central Pennsylvania, leaving the follow-up care to an optometrist.
Premier Eye Care Group offers you the best procedures for your eyes. Other reputable, FDA-approved vision correction procedures include:
- Visian ICLs (Implantable Collamer Lenses)
- PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy)
- Multifocal IOLs (Intraocular Lenses)
- CK (Conductive Keratoplasty)
- Intacs (tiny micro-inserts)
Visit a board-certified eye surgeon regarding your vision-correction options. Seeing more than one ophthalmologist for a second opinion could be a comforting step in your decision-making process.
The laser used for your LASIK surgery can make the difference. Jane Barton, MD, once a senior partner at Premier Eye Care Group said, “The multiple preoperative tests help us determine which refractive surgery procedure is best for you – and if it is LASIK, which laser will give you the best results.” Premier Eye Care Group has the two best excimer lasers available in the world today; the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q and the VISX Star S4 IR (Iris Registration). The reason we have two excimer lasers is because they have different strategies and strengths, and some people will get better results with one laser over the other. Dr. Barton expressed that, “Although these lasers are available at other places, no one else in our area has them both, and therefore you could miss the opportunity to get the laser that is best for your eyes. NASA has approved the VISX Star S4 IR technology for U.S. astronauts having LASIK.
“All-Laser-LASIK” and “wavefront technology” are two of the newest improvements increasing the safety and visual outcomes of these procedures. All-Laser-LASIK means that two separate lasers are used to perform your procedure. The first laser is a femtosecond (FS) laser, also called Intralase, which creates a thin corneal flap. IntraLase is used instead of a microkeratome blade. Flaps created with IntraLase heal faster and have few complications.2 Once the flap is lifted, the excimer laser reshapes the corneal tissue. “Wavefront technology” provides custom mapping of one’s cornea, which then guides the unique treatment for each eye. The excimer laser used for your LASIK surgery should also have a tracker so you don’t have to worry about any eye movements during surgery.
Schedule a free LASIK consultation … Call and ask for one of our surgical counselors: 800-732-eyes (3937.)
1. “What are the risks and how can I find the right doctor for me?” FDA updated 1/12/07, http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/SurgeryandLifeSupport/LASIK/ucm061354.htm
2. Clark, Jay D. Safety profile favors laser over traditional microkeratome, Ocular Surgery News, Vol. 23, No. 14, July 15, 2005
Premier Eye Care Group offers a public service discount.
Premier Eye Care Group offers a 20% discount to all firefighters, police officers, teachers and military personnel who receive LASIK by one of our physicians.