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Laser Vision Corection FAQS

What is Laser Vision Correction (LVC)?

Laser Vision Correction is a procedure that uses a cool-beam laser to reshape the cornea, the clear portion at the front of your eye. The reshaped cornea is then able to focus light rays more exactly on the retina at the back of the eye. If you suffer from being nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism, all of which, when uncorrected, result in blurry vision, you may be able to achieve clearer sight with Laser Vision Correction.

Who can benefit from this procedure?

If you are 21 or older and are not pregnant, have healthy eyes (no medical problems), you may benefit from this procedure. Your eye doctor can tell you if you are a potential candidate for Laser Vision Correction.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the procedure is $1850.00 for one eye and $3500.00 for two (2).  At the Eye Care Center, the cost covers all of the following services:

  • pre-operative evaluation,
  • corneal topography,
  • Wavescan Technology
  • the surgery itself,
  • prescription eye medications,
  • post surgical office visits for one year.
  • Any required enhancements for one year excluding a charge for the use of the VISX Key Card.

We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards, as well as bank certified checks. We also offer a financing program, which allows a monthly payment under $95 per month for 48 months, similar to what it would cost to finance braces.

Laser Vision Correction is cost-effective, compared to what you would have to spend on glasses, contact lenses, and lens care over the course of twenty years. The difference is you'll have clear, natural vision and reduced or eliminated dependence on glasses and contacts.

What happens?

In preparation for the procedure, your vision is evaluated, your eyes are measured and corneal topography is completed to determine the current surface shape of the cornea. The eye is examined and your medical history is reviewed to rule out any medical problems. Based on the results of your evaluation, Dr. Hwang will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you are, the surgery can be scheduled. For both eyes to be completed, the time you will spend in the surgery unit will be about one hour.

Does it hurt?

No, the treatment itself is painless. The doctor uses drops to numb your eye. A pill to help you relax is available if you choose. Some patients may experience discomfort for one to three days after treatment. Many patients compare this to a sensation of sand in the eye. Dr. Hwang can prescribe pain medication to alleviate any discomfort during the recovery.

Is Laser Vision Correction safe?

Yes. Millions of patients worldwide have had this treatment performed on them successfully. The FDA has recognized Laser Vision Correction for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, and found the treatment safe and effective for eligible patients.

How long does it take to heal? When can I go back to work?

You will notice improved vision almost immediately. The eye will heal on the surface very quickly, within a day or two. Most people can return to work within a day or two. It is important that your eye(s) be protected from infection and injury for a month or two beyond the surgery to allow complete healing to occur.

How do I find out more about Laser Vision Correction?

You may obtain further information by calling The Eye Care Center at (585)394-2020. Ask to schedule your free consultation, where your eyes will be evaluated, your questions will be answered, and the doctor will tell you if you are a potential candidate for LVC.

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