Most of our patients consider LASIK to be one of the best investments they have ever made. Unfortunately, most medical insurance carriers do not regard LASIK as a covered service. There are a limited number of insurers that do cover part or all of the cost of the procedure. Please feel free to ask our staff if you might have coverage.
Arrangements for the cost of the procedure are made in advance. We accept cash, checks, all major credit cards and have affordable financing available.
Is LASIK affordable?
If there is a significant under or overcorrection following your LASIK procedure, it is often (but not always) possible to lift the LASIK flap and retreat with the laser. Individuals with higher corrections have a higher chance for needing a second, or enhancement, procedure.
Will I need a second procedure?
Although we cannot guarantee perfect 20/20 vision without glasses following LASIK, our results have been impressive. Depending on your current prescription, approximately 98 percent of patients achieve 20/40 vision or better without glasses, meeting the legal driving requirement anywhere in the United States for driving without correction. Most of our patients obtain 20/25 or better. Since there is a wide range of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, Dr. Salz can share with you more specific statistics for your correction at the time of a consultation.
It is important to understand that laser vision correction does not prevent the need for reading glasses that happens to everyone around the age of 40. Some patients over the age of 40 intentionally choose to leave one eye mildly nearsighted to reduce the need for reading glasses. Dr. Salz will discuss with you the pros and cons of the treatment goals that best suit your desire.
What kind of vision can I expect?
There is minimal discomfort during the LASIK procedure because the eyes are numbed by anesthetic eye drops. You also do not need to be concerned about keeping your eye open since a thin wire instrument is placed to keep your eyelids apart during the treatment. Following the procedure, many patients experience light sensitivity, tearing or a sandy sensation which lasts a few hours and then fades away.
Does LASIK hurt?
Dr. Salz with his daughter Lauren after her LASIK
Most, but not all people, who need to wear glasses or contact lenses to see clearly in the distance are candidates for LASIK. In addition, you should:
A preliminary determination based upon your existing eyeglasses or contact lens prescription is easily performed. You can e-mail that to us through our Contact Us section, call our office at (908) 231-1110 or fax us at (908) 526-4959, and we will be happy to let you know if you are an appropriate candidate.
Am I a good candidate?
LASIK has an excellent safety record, although complications and side effects are possible. Some of the risks include under or overcorrection, glare and/or halos at night, flap problems and, rarely, infection. Most problems are treatable and do not result in loss of final best corrected vision. Does Dr. Salz feel LASIK is safe? We invite you to read this article about Dr. Salz and his daughter Lauren and see what you think. In addition, Dr. Salz has had his own vision corrected.
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