What is CustomVue LASIK? Laser Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis

No two eyes are the same! Like DNA or a fingerprint, your vision is Unique.  Before CustomVue LASIK, LASIK was a surgical procedure designed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and Astigmatism. CustomVue LASIK uses a WaveFront Guided Custom Tailored Technology that maps the entire front surface of the cornea and creates a customized treatment just for your eyes.

How do I know if I’m a Candidate for CustomVue LASIK?

Most everyone would like to have LASIK, but not everyone is a candidate. Dr. Jessica Duran will perform a serious test including measuring refraction’s, corneal thickness, tear flow, and light perception just to name a few. Once she determines a patient is a good candidate, the patient will see Brian M. Brown. MD., for further testing including Wavefront analysis and evaluation. Dr. Brown has performed thousands of CustomVue LASIK and standard LASIK procedures and takes all the time needed to ensure successful candidacy with each patient.

Who Is a Candidate for Monovision LASIK?

Monovision LASIK is a compromise; to achieve better near vision, you have to give up some sharpness in your distance vision. Monovision is helpful for near-vision tasks such as scanning a menu or article, but not for reading the fine print or reading for a prolonged period of time.  Monovision LASIK may not be suitable for active individuals, such as those who play golf or tennis, or who drive a great deal at night.

How is CustomVue LASIK performed?

Once Dr. Brown determines a patient is a successful candidate, the patient is scheduled for the procedure. The procedure itself takes less than 15 minutes, before starting a mild sedative is given to help relax the patient. Then the patient is escorted to the laser suite, where they will lay on the LASIK bed, and have the option to hold a teddy bear or not. The bed is then positioned underneath the microscope, and an instrument called a “Speculum” is placed and is used to hold the eye open during the procedure. An instrument called a “microkeratome” is then placed on the front surface of the cornea. It is used to create the LASIK flap. Once the flap is created, Dr. Brown lifts the flap and directs you to look towards the light of the laser, and your treatment begins. The laser is so sophisticated that is actually tracks your eye movement, in the event, you deviate your focal point the laser will stop because it knows there’s movement.

Several eye drops are instilled throughout your LASIK procedure to reduce risk.

Will I see 20/20 after my CustomVue LASIK? 

CustomVue LASIK is the most advanced technology available and helps patients achieve their personal best vision.

Health Savings Account (HSA)

Most insurance companies consider refractive surgery an elective procedure, meaning that insurance doesn’t typically cover the cost. Fortunately, there are a number of financing or other payment options available that allow you to pay for medical procedures like LASIK/PRK or Premium Lens Implants on a pre-tax basis. Establishing a Health Savings Account (HSA) is one popular option, in part because it can help save. Like many patients, you can use HSA funds to pay for many refractive procedures.

What Is a Health Savings Account?

A Health Savings Account is “a tax-exempt trust or custodial account that you set up with a qualified HSA trustee to pay or reimburse certain medical expenses you incur.”  the IRS. Instead, you work with an HSA trustee like an insurance company, bank, or someone who’s been certified by the IRS to set up HSAs. You can use HSA funds tax-free to pay for certain medical expenses, and you may be able to claim tax deductions on the funds that you deposit into your HSA.

Can Health Savings Accounts Be Used for Refractive Eye Surgery?

Yes! The funds from your HSA can be used to pay for a refractive surgery.

What Else Should I Know about Health Savings Accounts?

Since it takes time to set up an HSA and make contributions, it may be a good idea to get a head-start on your HSA if you’re planning on having laser eye surgery. An HSA can be used to pay for a variety of medical needs in addition to LASIK eye surgery, and unlike with some other tax-friendly savings options, HSA funds do roll over from one year to the next. Your HSA also follows you from one employer to the next, so you don’t have to worry about losing funds if you switch jobs.

Are you ready to learn more?

Just pick up the phone and call 562-904-1989 to schedule your complimentary LASIK/PRK consultation, or complete the LASIK/PRK consultation form on our website. During your consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about laser eye surgery, discuss payment options – such as using your HSA for LASIK/PRK – apply for Alphaeon Credit- and a member of our experienced team is here to answers to your questions about LASIK and PRK.

 

Ophthalmologists are the most highly trained and revered practitioners in the field of eye care. The difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist is commonly not understood.  Ophthalmologists are fully licensed medical doctors who have had at least 8 years of medical training. Following medical school, ophthalmologists undergo a four-year residency, giving them the skill to diagnose and treat eye diseases. In addition, they can perform complex surgery on the eye to repair a host of conditions such as detached retina, cataracts, LASIK/PRK, and glaucoma procedures, just to name a few.