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Laser Vision Correction FAQs

How can laser vision correction change my life?
Laser vision correction (LVC) means not having to search for lost glasses or fumble with contact lenses. Laser surgery offers patients freedom and changes many lives in an enormous way. It lets them see the world differently -- in a clearer way. In fact, approximately 98 percent of patients achieve 20/40 vision, and 50 to 60 percent of patients are able to see better than 20/20.

Am I a candidate?
LVC can correct a broad range of nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness. To be considered a good candidate, you need to be over the age of 18 with vision poor enough to have required glasses or contacts for at least two years. Our free consultation will determine whether or not you are a good candidate.

What are my alternatives to LVC surgery?

  • Glasses
    • This is the most common means of correcting vision. The advantages to wearing glasses are low cost and ease of availability. However, some people have problems with work-related or recreational activities. Others have issues with appearance, replacement costs and the decrease in peripheral vision.
  • Contact Lenses
    • Many people enjoy more freedom with contact lenses. However, they do require meticulous care and if neglected, serious infections can occur. Some people with sensitive eyes are not able to tolerate contact lenses.

What can I expect from my experience at Loyola?
The surgery is entirely outpatient, so please make sure to arrange for someone to take you home afterward. It also is quick, taking only about a minute of surgery per eye with the entire procedure lasting only one to two hours. Dress in regular clothes, but refrain from wearing any colognes, make-up or perfumes, as they may affect the laser. Best of all, the procedure is almost painless, with the worst effect being a scratchy feeling that lasts a few days. Most patients feel relatively fine afterward, so more than a day off from work is entirely optional.

How much does the procedure cost?
Most insurance companies view this procedure as elective, so we encourage you to verify coverage with your individual carrier. Loyola is market-competitive in cost. Individual fees depend on the procedure appropriate for you and whether one or two eyes are corrected. If your free evaluation determines you are a qualified candidate, Loyola will provide you with your total cost estimate before you agree to surgery. Many people use their flexible health-care spending account dollars, credit cards or home equity loans to cover the cost. Credit unions also can be a source for personal loans or payroll deduction plans. See our payment options for more information.

How can Loyola help?
Choosing LVC surgery is a decision that will change your life. Make sure you're as informed as you can be. Set up a free consultation with a Loyola doctor to learn all your treatment options.

Payment

Costs are competitively priced and include preoperative care, surgery and postoperative care (including enhancements). WaveFront procedures are extra.

Payment is due at the time of the surgery. Payment may be made by credit card, money order or cashier's check. Loyola employees may be entitled to a discount; they also may arrange to finance the cost of the surgery through the Loyola Credit Union.

If you have additional questions, please call a patient account representative for more information at (888) LUHS-888 and ask to speak with our LASIK coordinator at ext. 6-3192.

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