About LASIK Eye Surgery
We have been performing LASIK Eye Surgery in Philadelphia since 1995 for patients desiring Laser Vision Correction. LASIK is a type of Laser Eye Surgery that we can use to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. During your consultation, we will be taking all the measurements necessary to determine whether you are a good candidate for Vision Correction Surgery of any kind, including
- LASIK Laser Vision Correction
- Advanced Surface Ablation Laser Vision Correction (PRK)
- Visian ™ Implantable Collamer Lens (ICL)
- Lens Replacement Surgery
Your surgeon will discuss with you which type of Vision Correction Surgery would correct your vision and give you the best possible results.
LASIK Surgery is a type of Laser Eye Surgery where a very thin flap of corneal tissue is created. The flap is lifted and the laser energy applied to correct the corneal shape. The flap is then returned to its original position without the need for sutures or stitches. LASIK offers patients a Laser Vision Correction procedure with minimal discomfort and a quick visual recovery.
We will require that you return for scheduled follow-up visits either at our office or with your family eye doctor to check the healing process.
For some patients, Surface Ablation, also called PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy) is the preferred type of Laser Eye Surgery. PRK has been performed in the United States since 1995 and as such has withstood the test of time in terms of safety, efficacy and predictability. The PRK procedure is somewhat similar to LASIK in that a laser is used to reshape the cornea in order to correct your vision. The key difference between PRK and LASIK is that no “flap” is created during PRK. Instead, the laser is used to produce your optical correction by reshaping the outermost surface of the cornea, rather than under a flap, as in LASIK. PRK requires the removal of a thin layer of the corneal epithelium., In general, PRK provides a slower visual recovery than LASIK.
With PRK, we will often prescribe additional medications and a thin, soft bandage contact lens. PRK has a distinct place for certain patients, and is one of the options for those patients:
- Whose corneas are too thin to have LASIK safely
- Whose corneas display evidence of scarring from infection or trauma
Visian ™ ICL and Lens Implant surgery are also options. You should feel free to discuss any concerns, questions or thoughts about Laser Eye Surgery procedures for Laser Vision Correction with your eye doctor or the clinical staff.
Monovision Laser Eye Surgery with LASIK or PRK for Laser Vision Correction is one possible technique we can use to help patients to see up both up close, and far away. Many people use reading glasses or bifocals to correct presbyopia, the normal age-related loss of close-up focusing ability. Sometimes patients choose to use two pairs of glasses -- one for reading and other close work and the other for driving and far distance.
Typical refractive surgery procedures do not correct presbyopia as both eyes are often corrected for their distance prescription. We have found that using some degree of monovision can work well for patients over the age of 40, who have mild to moderate degrees of presbyopia. With monovision, one eye does most of the work at far distances and the other at near. Having each eye focus at a slightly different distance can reduce or eliminate the need for reading eyeglasses or contacts. It may seem like it would be difficult to get used to this, but after a trial of monovision with contact lenses, most patients find this arrangement comfortable. Because presbyopia is due to the inability of the lens to focus, intermediate distances may be compromised with monovision. Monovision LASIK is performed only after a successful trial of monovision using contact lenses.
Easy Payment Plans
Flex Plans-Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Many employers offer Flex Plans-Flexible Spending Accounts or FSA’s. These plans allow you to pay over time for LASIK and elective Lens Implants.
Health Spending Accounts (HSA)
Health Spending Accounts are another employer benefit that can allow you to use Pre-Tax dollars to pay for LASIK and elective Lens Implants.
Insurance & Discount Fee for Service Plans
Certain health insurance or vision insurance plans are offering partial coverage or a discount for LASIK to their participants.
Tax refunds often provide a nice source of unexpected cash that you can invest in yourself.