LASIK Cost Factors for St. Petersburg & Clearwater, FLThe cost of LASIK is an understandable issue for many people interested in laser vision correction. While the primary concern is safety and excellent vision, your budget also matters. LASIK surgery is an investment, and many people want to be sure the life-changing procedure is worth the price tag. However, you should never favor discount surgeons and LASIK coupons over safe results.

Cost-Saving Benefits of LASIK

When you consider the cost of eye exams, contact lenses, prescription eyeglasses and other eyewear such as goggles and sunglasses, the lifetime cost of good vision adds up. You also need contact cases, cleaning solutions and other vision-related expenses. When combined, they can cost more than $6,000 in ten years, which exceeds the average price of LASIK. A single laser vision correction frees you from glasses, contact lenses and related products, saving you money in the long term.

LASIK is more affordable than many people realize and comes with cost-saving benefits, including:

  • LASIK is a tax-deductible medical procedure.
  • LASIK is an eligible expense for flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts to use pre-tax funds for the surgery.
  • Financing options for LASIK, such as CareCredit for health care expenses, offer six-to-12-month payment plans without interest for qualified persons.

Our Ophthalmologists understand LASIK is a sizable purchase, but it is a wise investment for your quality of life. You don’t have to worry about the everyday hassles and complications of poor eyesight. No more foggy lenses when you leave a cool house and enter the hot Florida weather. No more worries about lost contact lenses or missing cases and solutions when you travel last minute. Enjoy swimming, running and other activities without a second thought about losing a contact or breaking your glasses. These LASIK benefits are often considered priceless.

If you’re not a candidate for LASIK, PRK and clear lens exchange (CLE) are other options with similar affordability.

Don’t Let Cost Be Your Deciding Factor for LASIK

LASIK Affordability for St. Petersburg & Clearwater, FLUltimately, LASIK eye surgery will save you thousands, but the upfront cost can seem daunting. Discounts are tempting, but the health and safety of your eyes are more important. You need a skilled eye surgeon with a successful record who uses advanced, safe LASIK techniques and technology to correct vision. If you are tempted by a provider’s discount pricing, ask yourself why the procedure is “cheaper” than it is at most institutions. Does the price include both eyes along with pre- and post-op care? How much experience does the eye surgeon have with LASIK? What laser technology are they using?

LASIK Cost Factors

At St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute, our Ophthalmologists offer LASIK and provide a detailed quote during your consultation. The cost of LASIK will vary based on the level of correction needed, the type of technology and the surgeon’s experience level. Our LASIK cost includes pre- and post-op appointments along with a follow-up procedure if necessary for further correction.

Schedule a No-Obligation LASIK Consultation

If you’re interested in laser vision correction, contact St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute in Largo, Florida, to schedule your LASIK consultation.

A Safe Outpatient Procedure

Our surgeons perform cataract removal with lens implantation on an outpatient basis. As one of the most common eye surgeries in the United States, it’s typically done under local anesthesia and is usually painless. Surgery is performed on one eye at a time, and the entire procedure takes less than an hour. We often allow patients to return home within a few hours after the surgery is completed.

You may notice immediate improvement in vision. For recovery, you will need to protect your eye for up to a week and use prescription eye drops to prevent infection. Typically, our patients have fully recovered from lens implant surgery after about a month.

If you don’t like the way you look because of a cataract and you’re experiencing difficulties carrying out your normal activities, lens implantation may be an ideal treatment solution. To find out for sure, contact St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute. We offer patients friendly, personalized consultations to determine whether lens implant surgery is the right treatment option.

Lens Implant Surgery in St. Petersburg & Clearwater, FL

Cataract surgery typically involves replacing the clouded cataractous lens with an intraocular lens implant (IOL). These same types of lenses are also useful for clear lens exchange (CLE) or refractive lens exchange.

What are Intraocular Lenses?

IOLs perform the role your natural eye lens normally would, bending light rays entering your eye so that they focus on the retina, and in turn restoring clear vision. Premium IOLs can improve eyesight in those with nearsightedness, farsightedness and even presbyopia (age-related near vision loss).

The Ophthalmologists at St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute offer IOLs to our patients with cataracts or those interested in vision correction who don’t qualify for laser eye surgery.

Monofocal IOLs vs. Premium IOLs

Intraocular Lens Implants Vision ImprovementsMonofocal intraocular lenses correct vision at one distance, which means that while they can improve your eyesight for driving and seeing objects far away, you will still struggle with up-close vision. People who choose a monofocal lens often require reading glasses for menus, smartphone or tablet use and other tasks that require defined near vision. A type of monofocal IOLs called toric IOLs are available to correct astigmatism.

Premium intraocular lens implants provide complete freedom from glasses or contact lenses and are used during cataract surgery or CLE. The various lens options offer unique benefits and enhance your eyesight for near, intermediate and distant vision. You can seamlessly look from your cell phone to the menu at arm’s length to the clock on the wall and view each object clearly. Premium IOLs come with toric versions and work to correct all refractive errors. Some IOLs correct for presbyopia.

St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute offers multifocal, accommodative, trifocal and extended depth of focus lenses. Our skilled Ophthalmologists will perform several tests and measurements during our eye exam to select the best IOL for you.

PanOptix Lens Implants

PanOptix Lens ImplantsPanOptix Trifocal IOL is the latest premium lens implant used for cataract surgery or CLE. The first FDA-approved trifocal IOL in the United States, PanOptix Trifocal provides perfect vision at near, intermediate and distant focal points, and even allows you to see in low-lit environments. People with PanOptix Trifocal IOLs report seeing brighter colors in more vivid shades without corrective eyewear.

There are no blurry zones in your eyesight with PanOptix. These IOLs are often excellent options for active persons who enjoy activities and adventures that are difficult to do with prescription glasses or contact lenses. PanOptix is a presbyopia-correcting IOL, which makes it ideal for people over 40.

Premium IOLs that Fit Your Lifestyle

Our Ophthalmologists in the Tampa Bay area will help you select the right IOL for your lifestyle. Someone who is an avid reader will benefit from a different IOL than someone who enjoys golfing. Multifocal, accommodative and extended depth of focus lenses are often referred to as lifestyle lenses as they offer more vision correction options than the standard monofocal IOL. Tecnis Multifocal, ReSTOR and Crystalens are a few IOLs that provide these advantages. Most people with lifestyle lenses do not need glasses for tasks at up-close, intermediate and far distances.

The best candidates for premium IOLs have minimal astigmatism and healthy eyes (outside of cataracts), and a strong desire to eliminate the need for glasses.

Discuss Your Lens Implant Options

If you are interested in discussing your intraocular lens options for cataract surgery and/or vision restoration, contact St. Michael’s Eye & Laser Institute today.

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