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Understanding the Cost of Your Laser Refractive Surgery
This fee includes:
- The measurements we do to program the laser and all the preparations on the day of surgery.
- The surgeon’s fee for your evaluation and surgery.
- The license or royalty fee for the use of the laser for your procedure.
- The eyedrops and other eye treatment medications used while you are at the laser center for your surgery.
- The evaluation and care of your eye surgery during the post-operative period as defined below.
- The retreatment or enhancement of your eye surgery during the post operative period as defined below.
This fee does not include:
- The eyedrops or other medications that you are instructed to use after you leave the laser center.
- The treatment of eye conditions or developments that are not directly related to your eye surgery.
- The treatment of focusing problems that are the result of aging, injury, allergy, degeneration or disease.
- The treatment of problems caused by your failure to comply with the instructions to properly care for your eye after surgery.
- Fitting or dispensing of contact lenses or eyeglasses after surgery
- Punctal occlusion for dry eye conditions even when aggravated by your surgery.
Routine Post-Operative Care:
We schedule four routine post-operative visits from day 1 to day 5, week 1 to week 2, and then at 3 months, and 6 months. Those visits are included in your surgery fee only as they relate to your surgery. Your follow up visit is for Refractive surgery related post-operative care only. If you have care or evaluations for other conditions at any of those visits, there may be a charge.
Many of our patients are seen by local Optometrists for their initial evaluations and post-operative visits. A portion of your surgical fee is designated for this care whether by SureVision or by your local Optometrist. But only the Optometrist (or his staff) designated for this care at the time of your surgery is responsible for these visits.
If you wish to have these post-operative visits or subsequent refractive surgery with another eye doctor, his or her fee for these visits or treatment will be your responsibility.
We want you to be happy with the results of your surgery, but we also want your eye to be healthy and safe. If you do not have the intended result from your surgery we want to make it right. During the routine post-operative visits we will determine the accuracy of your surgery and the extent to which it provides you with good vision. Nearly everyone will know how well the surgery worked after a few weeks from surgery. Some people take longer to achieve their optimum vision but we should see progress toward the optimum vision within that time. If you need additional surgery, or enhancement, to achieve the optimum result from your surgery, we will provide that at no additional charge, but that determination must be made within the first one year after your surgery. If your surgery achieves the intended correction but your eye changes in the future, you may want additional surgery. We are pleased to provide enhancement surgery for changes that occur later to your eye at a reduced fee up to 3 years after your original surgery. This would be at a cost of $650 per eye during the second year after your original surgery, $1300 per eye during the third year after your original surgery. There will also be a fee if your enhancement is done with more expensive technology. An example would be patients who have had surgery with Classic LASIK and now want enhancement with CustomCornea wavefront guided LASIK.
Not everyone can safely be enhanced. The laser cannot be set to reliably correct very small focusing problems without risk of over-correction. Some corneas are too thin to have more tissue removed to produce the enhancement. Your surgeon will be the final judge as to whether your eye can be safely and accurately enhanced.
Many patients looking to avoid the need for reading glasses will have one eye undercorrected. This is called monovision. We encourage people to try this out with contact lenses prior to having it done surgically so we can be sure you will be comfortable with your vision this way. If you decide to have this monovision near correction in one eye and then later find that you don¹t like it, there is a charge to retreat the eye for distance correction. The cost of this enhancement is $750.00 and it applies at any time, including the first year after surgery. Please be sure you want the monovision treatment before you request it.
Once you have completed your postoperative care after one year, we encourage you to continue your yearly eye health examinations. Remember that there are many eye conditions such as glaucoma or retinal detachment that occur more frequently in eyes that are myopic. Even though you have the vision correction surgery and are no longer myopic, you still have the risk factors for these conditions.