Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery is used to cure the human eyes of non-refractive conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, glaucoma and many other defects.

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How much does LASIK eye surgery cost?

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Expect to pay between $2,000 and $2,500 per eye for LASIK by a reputable surgeon. You may have seen add for the LASIK as low as $299 per eye. Don't trust them. There are a number of unscrupulous LASIK provider who use 'bait and switch' tactics by advertise prices for packages that are designed to exclude almost all cases. In fact, this is issue had gotten so bad several years ago that it warranted a congressional investigation. LASIK surgery varies in cost, and when it comes to your eyes, we would recommend considering multiple levels of pricing options. Research your surgeon options carefully and ask as many questions as it takes for you to feel comfortable with your choice. On average, a reputable LASIK procedure will cost approximately $2,000 per eye. A few points to remember about LASIK pricing: LASIK is typically quoted on a per-eye basis; each eye will typically need it's own degree of treatment. Wavefront Surgery is more expensive, but also more accurate. Beware of any promotions that claim LASIK for under $1,000 per eye; one day we may truly be there, but accuracy is obviously important to you - so pay for it! Also, ask probing questions to uncover any hidden costs. Check with your insurance company to see if any of the procedure can be covered. Some insurance companies will contribute to it, however be mindful of your deductible before filing a claim. Learn about the LASIK center; are the surgeon on-staff? If not, you will likely pay more since the surgeon is contracted. Many - but not all - of the LASIK facilities in America offer a financing option. Check with your LASIK facility to understand their policy toward financing. If you need to get financing, look at financial companies that provide short pay-back periods (3 to 4 months ideally). The average payment will range $170 - $400 per month depending upon the amount you finance. Remember, you should be putting some money down if you are electing to go this route, similar to buying a car. Beware of financial institutions that offer 0% down payments, as their interest rates (23.99% or higher) will likely keep you in debt well past what the surgery costs were. You should also check with your employer to determine if a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is available. With some "thinking ahead" planning on your part, you can begin saving money tax-free to dedicate toward this procedure. NOTE: Not all plans offer LASIK as an option for FSA, so check with your HR administrator for details.
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How much does LASIK eye surgery cost in the US?

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Average LASIK costs are: $2,150 for all laser-based vision correction procedures (including LASIK) in which a single price is quoted. $1,580 for non-customized LASIK using a bladed instrument (microkeratome) and excimer lasers that are not guided by wavefront analysis. $2,170 for wavefront-guided LASIK using a laser-created flap. Soroudi Advanced LASIK & eye center in Los Angeles can offer you quality service and price visit there site. http://www.soroudivision.com/
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Can lasik surgery correct vision to 20 10?

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It's possible, but not likely. LASIK surgery changes the natural shape of the eyes by ablating (removing) part of the cornea to change a person's prescription. When changing the natural shape of the eye, this induces what are called higher order aberrations. (ie - spherical aberration, coma aberration, etc. ) These aberrations make seeing 20/10 nearly impossible. I have seen patients with 20/15 results, but it's not usually a crisp 20/15, and usually results in a slight fuzziness or haze around letters and halos around car headlights/streetlights at night.
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Where can you find an estimate for lasik cost?

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In order to find an estimate fo lasik surgery you should contact the nearest surgeon and go in for a consultation. If you live in an area with more than one center be sure to visit each one to find one you are comfortable with and that is most affordable.
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What does laser eye surgery feel like?

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The surgeon folds the hinged flap back out of the way, then removes some corneal tissue underneath using an excimer laser. The excimer laser uses a cool ultraviolet light beam to precisely remove ("ablate") very tiny bits of tissue from the cornea to reshape it. When the cornea is reshaped in the right way, it works better to focus light into the eye and onto the retina, providing clearer vision than before. The flap is then laid back in place, covering the area where the corneal tissue was removed. The eye is numbed and the patient does not feel anything.
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Will bluecross blueshield cover your lasik surgery?

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Yes, Blue Cross Blue Shield does cover lasik eye surgery. It depends on what insurance you have & how much you're covered. Some plans pay 5%, some pay 20%, some pay most.
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What could a thing be in your eye that is like a piece of fuzz and moves with your eye movement?

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These are called "floaters". It is possible that it is a small - very small - piece of detached retina or more commonly, structural debris from the vitreous humour. As we age, the vitreous humour, a jelly like sac that fills our eye cavities, can begin to detach and condense from the sides of the eye and the retina. The protein threads that hold this together can become lose and float through the eye as the vitreous humour becomes more liquid. Sometimes, as the vitreous detaches, it can rip or tear the retina along with it. This is an emergency! If you notice you have floaters, you should see an eye doctor immediately to rule out retinal detachment. Fortunately, most people's floaters develop without harming the retina. In fact, most people notice floaters from time to time and they are mostly normal and benign. Once you've seen a doctor to make sure everything is okay, make sure to see them again if you notice your floaters worsening, or if they are accompanied by flashes of light.Floaters may be annoying and distracting. If that is the case, rest assured that you will learn to ignore them with time. However, sometimes floaters can be debillating. Some vitreous retina surgeons will perform a vitrectomy to remove floaters if they feel it is warranted. In vitrectomy surgery, the vitreous humour is sucked out of the eyeball and replaced with a saline solution. The operation is done on an outpatient basis, and most patients sight returns to normal within a matter of weeks. Although the complications of vitrectomy are treatable, they include cataract, retinal detachment and rarely, infection. Vitrectomy is an invasive surgery that should only be considered if you have floaters that significantly interfere with your vision and/or your quality of life.
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Is it possible to get lasik surgery in one eye?

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Yes, this is usually called "monovision"... But having this option done to get rid of your reading glasses for good, needs thorough consultation from your eye specialist before you make any final decision. Refer to the link (Lasik Surgery Clinic) I've provided below if you have any further Lasik-related concerns.
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Does bcbs cover lasik eye surgery?

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No, but they do have discount programs with preferred LASIK providers.
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What exactly are the risks for lasik eye surgery?

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Some of the risks of lasik eye surgery: over- or under-treatment the inability to wear contact lenses permanent loss of vision reduction in the quality of vision including the development of glare, halos, and starbursts difficulty with night-driving reduced vision in dim lighting conditions. I'm not sure of the exact statistics, but I think it's less than 1% of people who have serious complications. Upwards of 5% of people have less serious complications, the most common of which can be treated. New World iCare offers a LASIK surgery center with ALLEGRETTO WAVE Eye-Q, a 400 Hz ablation rate makes the Eye-Q one of the fastest lasers in the world and its unique PerfectPulse Technology ensures safety and accuracy in combination with outstanding visual results. For added safety, the laser has an extremely fast eye tracker that can respond to any eye movement in just six milliseconds. Previously, only lower-order aberrations (such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism) could be measured and treated either with Glasses, Contacts or Conventional LASIK treatments. Higher-order aberrations, which often linked to the visual glare and halos that cause night vision problems, earlier could not be corrected and that continued to affect quality of vision. With the advent of Wavefront technology and Customized LASIK, however, New World iCare in Mumbai, India have the diagnostic tools to measure 22,000 unique points along the optical pathway to determine and ultimately correct both lower-order and higher-order aberrations. Using the precision provided by the WavePrint map, Customized LASIK has the potential not only to correct how much you see, but also how well you see. Allegretto WaveLight technology also features a unique approach to corneal sculpting. The normal curvature of a healthy cornea is prolate or higher in the center. Most laser systems flatten centrally to create an oblate cornea. This oblate shape causes spherical aberration, which degrades the quality of vision, especially at night, and often produces glare or halos. The Allegretto laser not only treats the cornea centrally, but also peripherally. The laser uses proprietary monograms to adjust the asphericity of the cornea to perform a prolate ablation based on the anterior curvature readings. This prolate curvature, in part, accounts for the excellent quality of vision during the day and night.
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What is lasik surgery?

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LASIK surgery is the most popular type of laser eye surgery to improve your vision. Laser vision correction is now in its second decade of helping patients reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses and contact lenses. As testimony to its life changing benefits, thousands of ophthalmologists and optometrists around the world have become so impressed with the results of laser vision correction that over one million procedures are now performed each year. At New World iCare our patients continuously tell us they appreciate our commitment to being on the cutting edge of this exciting technology. One of the most popular ways to correct vision is with a procedure called LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis), which uses a laser to change the curvature of the cornea (outer window of the eye). LASIK has quickly become the procedure of choice for most patients because they recover quickly and have fewer side effects and complications than with other methods of vision correction. In fact, most LASIK patients notice a significant improvement in their vision soon after surgery. LASIK removes tissue within the cornea to treat low to high levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK is an acronym for Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusi, a refractive surgery procedure performed by Ophthalmologists intended for correcting the vision in order to reduce a person's dependency on corrective devices such as glasses or contact lenses. The procedure is usually a preferred alternative to PRK, or photo refractive keratectomy, as it requires less time for full recovery, and the patient experiences less pain overall. The first step in the procedure consists of mapping the corneal surface with a computer controlled scanning device to determine the exact shape. Then the appropriate amount of tissue which needs to be removed is calculated, such that upon replacing the flap there is no need (or less need) for corrective devices like spectacles and lenses. LASIK is a procedure that permanently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of the eye, using an excimer laser. A blade, called a microkeratome, is used to cut a flap in the cornea. A hinge is left at one end of this flap. The flap is folded back revealing the stroma, the middle section of the cornea. Pulses from a computer-controlled laser vaporize a portion of the stroma and the flap is replaced. When the cornea is properly reshaped, it will then better focus light onto the retina. This results in improved vision. Both nearsighted and farsighted people can benefit from LASIK. Sufferers of astigmatism can also benefit. Suitability for process Generally to be a good candidate for LASIK, you should a. Be above 17-18 years of age b. Have stable refraction (glass number) for 6 months.
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What is pseudophakia?

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it means you have implants after cataract surgery.
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What is wavefront lasik?

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With traditional LASIK, you essentially receive what's in your prescription glasses or contacts lenses permanently on your cornea to treat your nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. With custom (Wavefront) LASIK, you receive that correction plus the correction for about a dozen other characteristics of your eyes that contribute to blurry vision (like distortion around headlights when you drive at night.) We charge the same at our practice for Custom and standard LASIK to make the decision easy for our patients. Go with the best technology--you won't regret it!
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How can you make your lips bigger without any type of surgery or makeup?

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a good way for a temporary plump would be to use a old toothbrush with rustled brushes and exfoliate your lips. cover them with vaseline first and wait for the vaseline to sit before exfoliating. be careful not to do this too hard as your lips are delicate. make sure your lips are NOT CHAPPED and apply moisture thru chapstick or vaseline (not lipstick/gloss!!!)to your lips immediately after exfoliating. lipstick and gloss will dry out your lips even more so you'd have big lips but chapped ones as well. this trick will not only make your lips bigger, but it will give a more reddish and more natural color to your lips as well. (temporary tho of course) The other alternative is to use a lip plumper. There are several on the market, some of which are better than others. A good one that appears to have a lot of good reviews is http://lusciouslips.org. You will find once it is applied that your lips start tingling, however this is supposed to happen and means the product is working on plumping your lips. With most lip plumpers the results should be immediate or at the most 5 to 10 minutes.
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What are the reasons for choosing orth keratolegy instead of custom lasiks?

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Ortho K is a treatment process that never permanently changes the shape of your eye (to correct your vision). You wear hard lenses at night while you sleep which flattens your cornea and allows the light to focus correctly, giving you improved vision. In the morning you take off the contacts and go about your day with improved vision (usually 60/20), but by the end of the day your cornea has lost its flattened shape and your vision no longer improved. So you put the contacts on again at night and start the process over. This is a process that you will need to continue forever (as far as I understand it). LASIK is a "surgical" proceedure that actually changes the shape of your eye permanantly. A lazer or surgical blade cuts a surface layer of your eye which is flapped back, then another lazer is used to reshape your cornea. The flap is replaced and heals almost over night. Your cornea does not scar because it has no scar tissue. So, after this process your eye is permanantly a different shape, which is your corrected vision. Follow-up check ups are needed, but for the most part your eye will retain this shape. As you get older it is natural for the eye to change a bit, but for the most part there won't be significant changes that would require more surgery. So basically, one is permanent, one is not, one is a surgical proceedure, the other is not. Ortho-K also lasts longer, is more affordable and a better option for younger patients than lasik. Yes, you have to continue the 'therapy' longer, but... it's worth it. Most facilities wont see anyone under 22 for lasik surgery, whereas Ortho K can be used in children as young as 9 or 10. It stablizes the cornea similar to the way a RGP lens would... for example, I've seen patients in the same rx in an RGP lens for 30 years. Lasik *might* last 15-20. Since Ortho-K lenses and RGP lenses are basically the same thing... you can safely assume the same results as long as the patient doesnt get lasy with their therapy. Hope that helped! Cindy
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Where is the best place to get laser eye surgery?

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If you are in North Carolina, definitely Travers LASIK. She never has any complaints and most LASIK doctors at least have a few. That is where my girlfriend went. She is apparently consistently really good. I think it might be because she is selective with who she operates on, making sure that she doesn't perform on risky clients. If you are in Maryland, go with Dr. Whitten. He did Tiger Woods and Bill Cowher's eyes. Not sure about anywhere else, but I've heard horror stories from other doctors around here and elsewhere, so watch out and make sure to go somewhere good! The prices are the same everywhere, so that's not really a concern. Everywhere pretty much does $1,000 per eye.
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Can drink after lasik?

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of course you still can. for some guidelines check this link this site specialize LASIK. http://www.soroudivision.com/option-for-reading-vision/lasik
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What is treatment for pseudophakia?

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Pseudophakia is not an eye disease, but a condition where the natural lens of the eye has been replaced with an artificial lens, as in cataract surgery.
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How much does laser eye surgery cost?

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The cost of laser eye surgery can vary widely from one physician to another. Generally, you should plan on spending $2000 or sometimes much more per eye depending on the physician, your location, and what must be done to effectively correct your vision. Be cautious about the doctor you choose. The more laser surgeries a physician has completed, the more skilled he or she has become. Be sure to ask others who have undergone the procedure if they would do it again. Keep in mind there are risks to any surgery.
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Why do sports people get laser eye surgery done?

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because if they are playing a sport most likely they need to be able to see well and glasses can be annoying or get it the way. contacts are sometimes also problematic because in a sport like baseball or softball sometimes the small particles of dirt get caught under the contacts and it is uncomfortable. this is why some athletes otp for laser eye surgery.
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Can a person with one eye see 3D?

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Well I have been studying this and my answer is, it depends it seems. People who are born blind on one eye probable can't even though they can have some limited sense of perception. But people which have lost the sight on one eye seem to be much better at feeling 3D it seems to me after some study. Red/cyan doesn't work for either but Real 3D seems to work to some degree for people who have lost sight of one eye. Being near the screen seems to help (and in center?) Have done test on two people which are born with one eye vision and neither saw any difference when I switch between 2D and 3D and have heard of other cases the same. But I have heard of people which have lost sight after they where maybe 10+ that they have experienced 3D with real 3D glasses. Not all but some? I am planning to do a test in a few weeks to test this on a friend who lost nearly all sight on one eye when he was 16+ And is now 50+ but told me he had recently seen part of a 3D movie in Real 3D and told me he had experienced 3D by blocking the bad eye wearing Active 3D glasses!! Will switch between 2D and 3D and see if he can tell which is which. Why it works(better?) if you are not born blind on one eye? Don't know (am a wireless/broadcast/electronic engineer) but maybe 3D vision develope when you are young and if you never have sight on one eye your brain never learned to decode? Don't know. See how it goes with my friend... No. It is the two visual fields (one from each eye) that, when combined in the visual cortex of the brain, produce our sense of depth and speed. But, there are two different types of cues the brain uses to asses the depth of a scene. Mono occular cues and binocular cues. Depth information can be produced by the brain using mono ocular cues acquired by just one eye. So it is possible that with one eye we will get a 3D feeling, which is not complete. You can experience this effect if you watch a movie (2D) with one eye closed. The small difference in images acquired by both eyes, called the binocular disparity, belongs to the class of binocular cues, and this is the mostly used cue by the brain to produce a 3D effect. I DON'T KNOW, BUT YOU CAN TRY REAL 3D OR IMAX.. THEY ARE NOT USING RED AND CYAN ANY MORE. I WENT TO THE CINEMA AND I CLOSE MY EYES USING ONE EYE AND STILL WORK THE 3D. this information is utterly false lmao. you still see depth if you cover one eye with your hand, ie, if you close one eye you can easily tell what the distance difference between objects is. losing one eye simply reduces your field of vision, not your ability to see stereo 3D. people who loose one eye can still see depth, they loose 50% of their field of view if an eye is dammaged, not the ability to see depth for real, just an inibility to use 3D products. if you loose an eye you wont be able to see 3D anaglyphs or other products that use stereocameras. not having two cameras or systems will not allow you to see 3D but your eyes see depth regardless if one eye is shut or close or if one eye has dammage. you don't loose depth perception if you close an eye, you simply loose the amount of area able to see. the human eye has both resolution distance and light based stereo 3D and parallel eye stereo features.your eyes 3D resolution improves based on how close you are to something and based on how much light is available. I'm sorry but the person above me has no idea what they are talking about. I lost my left eye in an accident. My Depth Perception is completely skewed, not to much to where I can't judge where a glass of water is but enough to throw me off a few times. If you have two eyes and simply close one eye that's not at all accurate for judging depth. I watched a 3D tv at bestbuy and couldn't tell much of a difference. I could to a very slight increase in depth but not 3d like my father could. I know the green and red glasses don't work for me and as for REAL 3D at the movies I have not tried because I don't not want to waste my money if it doesn't work.. hope this helps To the guy above me you are right. Im 16 been living with sight in 1 eye and viewing 3d is the same as looking in 2d. If a legally blind person has the Red and Cyan glasses he/she has completely wasted money on that movie. If they have the same glasses like with Real3D and IMAX i could possible see a little. I if i sit under the screen at the bottom i can see 3D but anywhere else nothing... Hope this Adds on! I lost my left eye when I was 15 and I am now 48. I went to the IMAX at Johnson space center many years ago and would see double images with the glasses on. I assumed that I could never see 3D because I had one good eye. However, I just went to universal studios with my brother and we went to Spiderman 3D and Shrek 4D (so at least he could experience it) and in both cases I could see the 3D effect to some degree. I was suprised. I'm the guy that told the story about the 3D TV at bestbuy up above. I went to the movie SAW 3D recently and with the new REAL 3D glasses I saw dramatic improvement. I could only really see "more depth" on the lionsgate logo, that was the most "3D" thing to me. When I wore the glasses the movie looked fine and normal. When i took them off, it was double vision. So you can watch REAL 3D movies WITH GLASSES and watch it as a normal movie with some depth, but the Red and Cyan does not work. To the person above saying you have depth perception with one eye, that is false. I was born with only one functioning eye and by any medical definition of the term, I have no real "depth perception". Just like the deaf learn to read lips, your brain learns to judge distance based on experience and previous knowledge, even that learned in childhood. You learn distances as you go along, but you don't actually see them for what it really is, you only know motion memory and reference points. As far as the info about the 3D movies above, thanks for the tip. I'll have to try the new glasses. My son is 5 and loves the 3D movies, i just have to suffer through them. I'll look into it and get back to you. I haven't been able to see anything 3D even the calendars and images. The ability to judge depth comes the perception of 2 individual and reversed focal points and judgments. Seeing depth is not knowing it. I am blind in the left eye from car wreck. It was recent, but I have depth perception just took some getting used to. I hope 3d will work for me have waited all my life, and now this.
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Post stroke double vision prognosis?

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It depends on the individual. It's important to work closely with the doctor in charge. The most concern is depression re Post stroke/double vision and the depression can be minor to chronic for up to three years. It's very important to talk to the specialist and family doctor as there are medications to help with depression. Other than that, follow doctors orders, watch your diet, get your exercise routine approved by the specialist and you should be fine.