What is LASIK?
Laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, or LASIK, is an outpatient vision correction procedure that treats myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. LASIK uses a microsurgical instrument and a laser to reshape the cornea (the clear covering of the eye) to improve the way the eye focuses light rays onto the retina.
How can LASIK help me?
LASIK may decrease your dependence on glasses and contact lenses or, in some cases, allow you to do without them entirely. Most people who have this procedure at The Eye Care Institute are corrected to 20/20 vision and although a few only achieve 20/30 or 20/40 vision.
How Do I Know If Dr. Meyer and The Eye Care Institute Is Right For My LASIK Procedure?
John C. Meyer, MD first used the excimer laser while completing his Fellowship in Refractive Surgery and Corneal Diseases at Emory University during 1994 and 1995. As such, he is one of the first doctors in the country to have had access to an excimer laser. If you schedule an appointment with The Eye Care Institute to be evaluated for laser vision correction, you will personally meet with Dr. Meyer. He will take the time to answer your questions and concerns. Your initial screening with Dr. Meyer is complementary. If you decide to proceed, Dr. Meyer will perform a thorough eye exam to measure your prescription and determine which refractive procedure is right for you.
I Hear Terms Like PRK, CK, LASEK, WaveFront, CustomVue, Monovision Blade-Free, Intralase and LADARVISION. Are These Different Than LASIK?
In our practice, we use the term “LASIK” as a generic term meaning any form of refractive eye care. Upon evaluation of your individual needs, Dr. Meyer will determine exactly which refractive procedure is best for you. We have access to the latest in refractive vision technology, no matter how it is advertised.
What Will My Vision Be Like After LASIK?
It is important that anyone considering LASIK have realistic expectations. LASIK allows people to perform most of their everyday tasks without corrective lenses. However, people looking for perfect vision without glasses or contacts run the risk of being disappointed.
The majority of people who have LASIK achieve somewhere between 20/15 and 20/40 vision post-operatively. If vision is under-corrected after the procedure, Dr. Meyer may decide to perform a second procedure, called an enhancement, to further refine the result.
LASIK cannot correct presbyopia, the age-related loss of close-up focusing power. With or without refractive surgery, almost everyone who has excellent distance vision will need reading glasses by the time they get to be 40 or 50 years old. Some people choose to be corrected by monovision, which leaves one eye slightly nearsighted. The nearsighted eye is used for close work, while the other eye is adjusted for distance vision. No matter what others tell you, there is no laser procedure that can correct both distance vision and near vision in the same eye.
Am I A Good Candidate For LASIK?
People who want to minimize their dependence on glasses or contact lenses make good candidates for LASIK. Lifestyle, hobbies, and amount of correction needed are all factors that may determine whether you are a good candidate. The ideal candidate for LASIK is over 18 years of age, not pregnant, and free of any eye disease. You should experience stable vision for at least one year before having LASIK.
How Is LASIK Done?
LASIK is performed in a reclining chair in the LASIK suite at our office on Story Avenue. First, the eye is numbed with a few drops of topical anesthetic. These drops may sting. An eyelid holder is placed between the eyelids to keep them open and prevent you from blinking.
Next an instrument is placed around your eyelids to keep them from moving during the laser procedure.
Then, Dr. Meyer will use the Alcon FS200 Femtosecond Laser to create a flap. The flap is lifted and folded back. As the flap moves, you experience a slight period of blurry vision. The Alcon EX500 excimer laser is preprogrammed to your prescription and is then centered above the eye.
Dr. Meyer guides the laser to sculpt the exposed corneal tissue. After the laser has completed reshaping the cornea, he places the flap back into position and smoothes the edges. The flap adheres on its own in a matter of seconds.
What Happens After LASIK?
Plan on going home to take a nap and relax for several hours following your procedure. Eye drops are given to help heal and alleviate dryness. Healing after LASIK is usually free of any discomfort. Often, LASIK patients are able to go about their normal activities, including returning to work, the next day.
Truth in LASIK Pricing
We offer clear pricing, free of hidden charges and false or misleading information. Our cost per eye includes all pre-operative testing, Alcon Wavelight LASIK technology, cost for use of the laser, and all post-operative care within one year of your LASIK procedure.
Your initial visit to determine if you are candidate for LASIK is complimentary.
If price is your only issue, we can offer a customized plan to your employer, religious organization, or club that will allow the entire group to receive discounts on LASIK, eyeglasses and contact lenses. Ask to speak with our practice CEO about offering our Preferred Pricing Plan in your workplace.
LASIK is almost never covered by insurance. To help you pay for LASIK, we accept cash, checks, money order, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and in-office financing plans that include affordable monthly rates. Our LASIK counselor can provide you with information on financing programs and help you choose a plan that is right for you! Rest assured, we treat your financial information with the same level of confidentiality as we treat your medical information.
What Technology Is Used At The Eye Care Institute?
Our practice is committed to the latest in medical innovation and technology. That is why we use the Alcon Allegretto EX500 excimer laser to perform your LASIK along with the Alcon FS200 femtosecond laser to create your LASIK flap. Our practice also features digital corneal topography measurements to ensure the most accurate and precise measurements prior to your LASIK procedure. We do our best to customize your eyes.
LASIK Eye Surgery Cost
Cost of Laser Eye Surgery in Louisville, Kentucky
The cost of LASIK at The Eye Care Institute is $2,450 per eye and includes our LASIK enhancements lifetime guarantee. Only at a full time, full service ophthalmology practice, such as The Eye Care Institute, will cost be based on surgeon experience and equipment. Finding a LASIK surgeon who only practices in the Louisville area and works with a team of doctors should be the major objective in your search for a Louisville LASIK surgeon.
Inevitably, price will also play a role in your decision. You must note that the cheapest surgeon is not always the best surgeon to treat your eyes. Remember these are your eyes and this is not a reversible procedure so you want to trust your surgeon. The “LASIK only” centers advertise prices as low as $299 per eye but their own websites show that the actual price for 90% of all patients is at least $1,299 per eye. Further, those sorts of places often do not include preoperative or postoperative exams, eye drops, follow up care, or even antibiotics. Further, most of those “LASIK only” centers do not have full-time ophthalmologists. Their ophthalmologists often travel from one city to next to perform LASIK and then move on.
At The Eye Care Institute, our price is all inclusive. You will meet with Dr John Meyer, and our LASIK coordinator, at each visit. Our ophthalmology practice is full time and has been here since 1984. During the day, Dr Meyer is at our Story Avenue location. If it isn’t Dr. Meyer’s turn to be on call after hours, one of our other full time ophthalmologists is on call and can reach Dr Meyer if needed.
With LASIK, just like most things in life, you get what you pay for. At The Eye Care Institute, we treat your vision very seriously and therefore, we call our LASIK center, the LASIK Institute of Louisville.
LASIK For Brides
We know that brides want to enjoy their special day without the hassle of glasses or contact lenses. That is why we have a special program for brides. Contact our LASIK Coordinator at 502-589-1500 to learn about special LASIK pricing for brides.
LASIK for Life
When you schedule your LASIK be sure to ask about our $250 per eye enhancement guarantee. When you purchase this rider at the time you schedule your laser vision correction procedure, you will have the comfort of knowing that just by keeping your regular, annual eye exams at The Eye Care Institute, if your vision changes over time, and you eventually need an LASIK enhancement, you will never have to pay again!