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How do I know that refractive surgery is right for me?

Although we will provide information and guidance, only you can answer that question. You need to ask yourself why you want the surgery and if your visual expectations realistic.

How do your savings with Laser Vision Correction compare to glasses and contacts over time?

Over a 15-year period, the one-time fee for laser vision correction is less than the cost of corrective lenses. *Price may vary **based on treatment of two eyes

Does insurance or flexible spending programs cover refractive surgery?

*Insurance companies generally consider refractive surgery “cosmetic” and do NOT cover the cost. However, we advise all patients to check with their insurance provider to be sure. * A surgical procedure may be tax deductible depending on your filing status. Check with your accountant. * If your company has a flexible benefits program, refractive surgery […]

What does the fee include?

Our fee includes the surgery, post-operative kit containing medications and sunglasses, follow up care for 1 year, and any enhancement treatments if necessary during the first 12 months. There are easy payment plans available. An Erdey Searcy Eye Group financial counselor can review all of your options with you. Please contact us and our patient counselor […]

Can I lose my civilian pilot's license after I have this surgery?

No. The FAA has approved these procedures for all classes of pilots and air traffic controllers. However, rules are constantly changing. If this applies to you, please check with the appropriate agency to verify their requirements before having this procedure. NOTE: Military aviation has their own guidelines!

Can I swim or scuba dive?

Refractive surgery has created a whole new world for water sports enthusiasts who previously had to wear goggles or masks with corrective lenses or were afraid of losing their contact lenses in the water. However, you should avoid water sports or pressure exerted from diving at excessive depths for several weeks following the surgery to […]

Can I still wear contact lenses after the surgery?

In most cases, if you could wear contact lenses before surgery you should be able to wear them after surgery. Because the shape of your cornea has been altered, you will need to have an optometrist fit you with new lenses. Fortunately, the need to wear contact lenses after refractive surgery is rare.

What is Monovision?

The use of one eye for distance vision and one eye for near vision is referred to as monovision and is one of the options to consider as part of your refractive surgery decision if you are over age 40. Monovision has been used successfully for over 20 years with contact lens correction and with […]

After refractive surgery, will I still need reading glasses as I get older?

Presbyopia (the need for bifocals) occurs as a natural aging process of the crystalline lens inside the eye (located behind the pupil). After age 40, the ability of the crystalline lens to instantly change shape in order to focus light rays on the retina for near vision tasks starts to decline. This decline is gradual through […]

What are some of the side effects of refractive surgery?

Some patients experience fluctuation in their vision for the first few days following refractive surgery. Other common side effects that usually dissipate with time are: slightly scratchy sensation or dryness, increased tearing and light sensitivity, tender eyelids or mild eyelid swelling, sensitivity to smoke, and halos, ghosting, or starburst effects around objects or lights. Using […]