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What is LASIK?

LASIK is a procedure designed to correct low to relatively high amounts of nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness. The LASIK procedure involves the creation of a flap of the outer third of the cornea and then using an excimer laser to painlessly reshape the middle of the cornea to alter its focusing power to reduce or eliminate the need for corrective glasses or contacts. The excimer laser is controlled by a computer which selects a treatment pattern based upon your need for eyeglasses. The flap is then gently placed back over the cornea in its original position and seals itself in place within minutes without stitches! LASIK takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes per eye. The vision typically improves dramatically over the first day. Most of our patients see well enough and feel well enough the next day so that they can drive to our office themselves (and without any glasses!).

What is Custom Treatment?

‘Custom’ treatment is now available for many individuals interested in laser vision correction. In addition to the standard measures of vision, information from a wavefront analysis of points throughout the central cornea is utilized to create a unique profile incorporated into the laser treatment correction. This technology was originally developed for use in high-powered telescopes to reduce distortions when viewing objects in space. At the time of a LASIK consult in our office, Dr. Salz will discuss with you the option of custom treatment if you are a candidate.

Why choose Dr. Salz?

Dr. Salz is an experienced LASIK surgeon who has been performing vision correction surgery for many years. Unlike high volume corporate centers, Dr. Salz performs an extensive pre-operative evaluation himself, including the determination of the critical measurements and calculations used to program the computer to perform your treatment. He will discuss your particular situation with you in detail and answer your questions in a forthright open manner. Throughout your LASIK experience, Dr. Salz and his staff will guide you each step of the way. As a longstanding provider of state-of-the-art ophthalmology services, you can be confident that Dr. Salz will be available year after year. We will be happy to provide you with references from many of our satisfied patients (with permission). One reference we are particularly proud to share is from the head technician at the NJ Eye Laser Center.  When his wife decided to have LASIK, John and Lucia chose Dr. Salz. 

COMMON LASIK QUESTIONS

How safe is LASIK Surgery?

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.

Am I a good candidate?

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:

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Have a stable refraction

  • Not be pregnant or nursing

  • Not have certain corneal or medical diseases that might interfere with a good result

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.

 

Does LASIK hurt?

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.

 

What kind of vision can I expect?

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.

 

Will I need a second procedure?

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.

 

Is LASIK affordable?

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.

 

  • Flexible medical spending accounts: A number of employers offer flexible spending accounts that set aside money from each pay period before taxes and can be used for LASIK. Many of our patients have taken advantage of these plans.

  • Major credit cards: Most of our patients prefer to use their credit cards especially those that offer bonus points, i.e. frequent flyer miles, etc.

  • Discounts: Available for VSP, Spectera, Premier Vision Care Network, National Laser Network, US Laser Network, Superior Vision and Eyemed Vision Care for laser vision correction services. Check with your employer to see if you are eligible for one of these plans.

  • Financing: Care Credit is the financing plan we offer. There are different plans from 6 months interest free to extended payment options that will suit your budget and allow all or part of the fee to be reduced to a low monthly payment schedule. Click here to see if you qualify. An answer is given immediately in most cases.

 

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