What should I look for in choosing my surgeon?
A qualified surgeon should meet the following criteria: board certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology, with advanced training in cornea and refractive surgery; skills and experience with a prominent ophthalmology practice or eye institute; and the ability to help patients understand potential outcomes and complications. While the proliferation of Los Angeles LASIK ad campaigns may tempt price-conscious consumers, remember this: LASIK is a lifetime investment. Taking the time to research the credentials of the surgeon and the quality of the institute is important in achieving the best results.
How much does a refractive surgery consultation cost?
There is no charge for the consultation if you have had no previous eye surgery, have no other eye problems besides the need for glasses or contact lenses and currently have good vision through your corrective lenses. During your visit, several tests will be performed to determine if you are a candidate for the various procedures available at the UCLA Laser Refractive Center. If you have had previous eye surgery and/or have other eye disorders besides the need for glasses or contact lenses, you will need a comprehensive examination which will be billed to your insurance.
What are the costs of the various refractive procedures?
The cost varies depending upon the type of treatment. Financing options are available that make refractive surgery quite affordable. Ask your counselor at the UCLA Laser Refractive Center about financing options.
Why is refractive surgery so expensive?
The treatment and measurement devices used at the UCLA Laser Refractive Center incorporate the very latest technology. The Stein Eye Institute places the utmost importance on maintaining its diagnostic and surgical equipment on the cutting edge of technology. In addition, surgeons utilize a separate sterile set of disposable equipment for every eye having surgery. This includes two separate sets of sterile surgical instruments, blades, and ancillary equipment for every patient having surgery on both eyes. This double sterile technique affords the very highest level of patient safety available, a critical issue in the refractive surgical setting.
Do you offer payment plans?
The UCLA Laser Refractive Center is pleased to offer an easy and flexible financing plan for procedures not covered by insurance. We work with a financing agency which offers low fixed rates, low monthly payments, no initial costs and no prepayment penalties.