Candidates, Costs, Benefits, and Risks of Custom LASIK with Intralase

Custom LASIK with Intralase®

LASIK is one of the most popular elective surgical procedures in the country, thanks in part to its exceedingly high success rate in helping those who are nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism to reduce or eliminate their need for glasses and contacts. Here at Ophthalmology Physicians & Surgeons, we only use a personalized, blade-free LASIK technique, which is a safer alternative to the traditional method.

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Are You a Candidate for Custom LASIK?

If you are at least 18 years old and your vision is compromised by nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, you may be a good candidate for custom LASIK with Intralase®. Patients should be in good health, and have stable vision. If your prescription changes frequently, you may want to wait before undergoing surgery. Some factors may preclude you from the procedure, including having especially thin corneas. The best way to determine your candidacy for this procedure is by scheduling a consultation with your ophthalmologist.

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Custom LASIK Surgery with Intralase Benefits and Risks

Following LASIK, approximately 96% of patients achieve their desired level of vision correction, and in many cases, they have 20/20 vision or better. Discomfort is minimal, and you should notice improved vision as soon as the next day. As with any surgery, however, there are some risks. These include dry eyes, infection, overcorrection, under correction, regression, and corneal flap complications. These risks are quite rare, and are minimized with our advanced techniques and technology, as well as our exceptional skill and experience.

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Custom LASIK Cost

LASIK is not typically covered in full by insurance. For your convenience, we offer CareCredit®. This medical financing option allows you to pay for your procedure interest-free for 12-months. You can apply online or over the phone, and our LASIK Coordinator at our Hatboro office will be happy to walk you through the application process and answer any questions.

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LASIK After 40

LASIK has a high success rate for middle-aged and senior adults. In fact, the vast majority of patients over the age of 40 are able to achieve 20/20 vision or better after LASIK. It’s important to be aware that patients over 40 will be effected by presbyopia, the age-related condition that impairs close-up vision. LASIK does not specifically treat presbyopia, but there are options for reducing or eliminating the need for reading glasses. Patients with presbyopia can achieve clear vision by having one eye corrected for distance and the other corrected for near vision (a solution called monovision).

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Wavefront Technology

Wavefront technology is an advanced system that measures visual imperfections within the eye to guide the surgeon during laser surgery. With this highly detailed information, the surgeon can take into account the very fine and unique aspects of each patient's visual requirements. This technology, combined with adroit surgical skill, allows for incredibly precise treatments that can result in sharper and higher quality of vision. 

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If you have found that you do not qualify for LASIK surgery because of thin corneas, LASEK may offer an effective alternative. LASEK involves creating a very flap that consists only of the outermost epithelial tissue. Like LASIK, LASEK can improve vision for those who suffer with nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. We can evaluate your candidacy for LASEK during a personal consultation.

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