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Laser Vision Correction FAQs

Frequently Asked PRK/LASIK Questions

 

What determines candidacy for PRK/LASIK?

Come in for a PRK/LASIK consultation to see if you are a candidate. Our physicians and staff are specifically trained to qualify patients. Candidacy is determined by the health of the eye, analysis of special corneal images, and even the patient’s expectations. Our surgeons are involved every step of the way to keep our patients well informed.

Is there an age requirement to have PRK/LASIK?

There is no set age at which to have PRK/LASIK
surgery. Most physicians will not perform PRK/LASIK on those under 18 because their eyes tend to keep changing into early adulthood—vision must be stable for at least one year before surgery.

Who will perform my PRK or LASIK surgery?

Our cornea specialist Dr. Stephen Zuckerman, one of the first doctors in the U.S. to perform laser vision correction more than 25 years ago, performs all PRK surgeries. His colleague, Dr. Lorenzo Cervantes, performs all LASIK surgeries.

Where is PRK/LASIK surgery performed?

Surgery is performed at Inspire Laser Vision Center in Shelton, Connecticut. However, most pre-op and post-op appointments take place in our Danbury or New Milford office.

What type of laser is used for PRK/LASIK?

Our PRK/LASIK surgeons use the Wavelight Ex500 Excimer laser, which is the fastest available platform in the United States and offers a powerful multi-dimensional eye tracker. We have been using this laser for many years, with excellent patient results.

When is the cost of PRK/LASIK surgery due?

Payment for surgery, which includes all office visits for one year, is due in full at your pre-op visit.

Does insurance cover PRK/LASIK surgery?

Typically, no, and we do not submit to insurance. You can check with your insurance company to see if they will cover a percentage of the procedure. If they do, you will need to submit your receipt for the surgery (paid in full at your pre-op appointment) to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Are discounts available for PRK/LASIK?

Yes, we offer $200 off per eye if paid by cash or check, or $100 off per eye if paid by credit card or debit card. See fee schedule for pricing.

Is financing available for PRK/LASIK?

Yes, we offer financing through CareCredit, including promotional financing for 12 months on purchases of $200 or more for those who qualify. To apply for CareCredit, please call (800) 365-8295 or visit carecredit.com. (Promotional financing is subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments are
required. See carecredit.com for details.)

What should I expect on the day of surgery?

You should arrive 30 minutes before the procedure and MUST have a ride home afterward. You will be offered an optional oral sedative. To perform surgery, the eye only needs topical anesthesia in the form of drops. The procedure itself takes approximately 10 minutes per eye and is painless. Our patients, while awake, are comfortable. Total laser treatment time is measured in seconds!

Can I go to work the day after surgery?

You will be required to come to the office for a post-op appointment the day after surgery. Many of our patients take the day off, but this is not necessary.

 

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