At Eye Center South, we’re committed to using the latest technology to provide safe, effective results for patients in our locations through Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. We offer LASIK consultations at all of our locations and offer surgeries at our locations in Albany, GA and others.
Safe and Effective
LASIK is one of the most advanced laser eye procedures on the market, and because of its reputation as safe and effective in the majority of the patients who receive it, the most popular by a wide margin.
Refractive vision issues are caused by the shape of the cornea, or the outermost layer of the eye. People with 20/20 vision have the optimal cornea shape. LASIK is used to treat the following vision issues:
Myopia (nearsightedness): LASIK is used to reshape the cornea and help the patients improve vision over a distance
Hyperopia (farsightedness): we use LASIK to reshape the cornea and help patients see things close to them better
Astigmatism: our lasers are used to reshape the cornea in different places to even out the degree across the outermost layer of the eye for clear vision
What Is LASIK?
LASIK stands for Laser Assisted InSitu Keratomileusis, a two-step process that uses pulses of non-thermal light to gently reshape the cornea and correct refractive vision issues like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
In Albany, GA or any Eye Center South location where LASIK is offered, you get the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re being treated by an expert surgical team with access to the latest technologies. At Eye Center South, we offer bladeless LASIK, which means that our laser corrective procedures lead the industry in precision, minimizing recovery time.
We back our LASIK procedures with our Lifetime Vision Partnership Program. You can think of it as a warranty on your LASIK. As your vision partner, Eye Center South thanks you for trusting us with your vision by guaranteeing that if you need additional enhancement on your laser corrective work, we’ll do it at a significantly reduced cost.
Other Vision Correction Procedures
Instead of or in combination with LASIK, there are a few other corrective vision surgeries that the team at Eye Center South offer to help you reach the clear vision you desire.
Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)
Also known as Clear Lens Exchange (CLE), RLE involves replacing your eye’s natural lens with an artificial lens, significantly improving close-up vision as well as vision over a distance. RLE can be used on its own or combined with a custom LASIK procedure for the best possible outcome.
Implantable Contact Lens (ICL)
Before we schedule LASIK for our patients at Eye Center South in Albany, GA or another surgical center, patients undergo scans that give us detailed readings of the topography and tomography of their eye so that we can judge the safety and effectiveness of LASIK surgery. For a variety of reasons — such as severe myopia, for example — some patients aren’t candidates. For these patients, we offer alternatives to LASIK, including a new treatment that we call ICL. This involves the permanent implant of a contact lens, giving patients an alternate route to clear vision if laser surgery isn’t an option for them.
How to Prepare for Your LASIK Surgery
You’ll start with a consultation at an Eye Center South location in Alabama, Georgia, or Florida and see a LASIK specialist for an initial screening. Because it takes an in-depth look at your eye composition to decide whether or not you’re a candidate for LASIK, more screening will take place when you arrive in Albany or another LASIK surgical center on the day of your appointment.
Some Things to Remember:
If you wear contact lenses, stop wearing them before your surgery. Contacts correct the shape of your cornea when wearing them but taking them off doesn’t always return the cornea to its natural shape, meaning that LASIK will not be as effective.
Soft lenses take 2 weeks for the cornea to return to its natural shape
Other lenses, including toric, gas permeable (GP), and hard lenses take at least 6 weeks
Be sure to tell your doctor about any prescriptions you wear currently or in your recent past
At your LASIK consultation, your doctor will explain the entire process, including:
Whether you’re a good candidate for LASIK
Any risks that apply to you as a result of laser vision surgery
The experience of LASIK, before, after, and during the procedure
Anything you need to remember for your surgery
Paying for LASIK
At Eye Center South, our goal is to make LASIK an affordable option for patients in Albany, GA and throughout our service areas in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. Our standard payment options include:
• Cash or check
• Monthly payment plan
CareCredit Healthcare Card
We’re also proud to partner with CareCredit, a credit bureau that offers lines of credit to be used for out of pocket healthcare expenses. Since LASIK is rarely covered by vision or health benefits, the costs are out of the patient’s pocket, which can make the procedure much less affordable. With CareCredit, patients get access to low interest rates and special payment plans when paying for life-changing treatments like LASIK and other vision corrective procedures.
Learn more by visiting www.carecredit.com or contacting our office.
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See How Much You Can Save After LASIK
* Estimated savings with LASIK represents the amount saved by having LASIK versus wearing contact lenses until age 65, based on your age and average monthly expense on contact lenses. Additional savings to consider include the cost of contact lens solution, backup pairs of prescription eyeglasses, and annual eye exams/contact lens fittings.