LASIK and Refractive Surgery
BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists performs LASIK and refractive eye surgery, which allows people to go without glasses or contact lenses
Refractive surgery is a generic term for any treatment that decreases someone’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses and bends, or refracts, light to re-focus it to improve vision.
Most refractive procedures use lasers or nighttime contact lenses to change the shape of the cornea, the transparent outer surface of the eye. Other procedures include implanted lenses, which are placed inside the eye.
What kinds of refractive eye procedures are available?
Our surgeons offer the following types of refractive surgeries:
- Blade-free LASIK
- Advanced surface treatment, or PRK
- Premium lens implants
- Limbal relaxing incisions
- Monovision correction
We also offer Orthokeratology, a refractive therapy that does not involve surgery.
Which refractive eye procedure is best?
People seeking a refractive eye procedure will have a consultation and eye exam with our staff. The person’s age and the level of refractive correction needed help determine which procedure is best.
Who can have a refractive eye procedure?
The best candidates for refractive eye procedures are adults in good health or who have chronic health conditions under control. Those for whom a refractive eye procedure is not appropriate have severe vision correction needs or other health issues that would lead to poor results.
Can both eyes be done at the same time?
People having LASIK surgery may choose to have one or both eyes done at the same time.
For most other procedures, only one eye can be done at a time. The time between surgeries may range from a few days to weeks to months, depending on how quickly the first eye heals and responds to treatment. A surgeon will help decide when to have the second surgery.
Does insurance cover refractive eye procedures?
In most cases, no. Because glasses and contact lenses can correct vision without surgery, refractive eye surgery is considered elective and is typically not covered by insurance. However, some insurers cover refractive eye surgery.
Can I use flexible spending for vision correction procedures?
Yes. Vision correction procedures qualify for reimbursement under flexible spending accounts, cafeteria plans or medical itemizing on year-end taxes.
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