One month after the initial PRK procedure our glaucoma patient’s vision is now at 20/20 with no complications. As you recall, Dr. Levinson had to experiment with the glaucoma eye drops and post PRK eye drops to take in to account proper healing of the PRK while not surrendering the patients well being concerning glaucoma. The pressure in the eyes did fluctuate during the past month but is now stable and normal. The patient does not complain of any haze or dryness, post surgery.

Joey Swanson
Refractive Surgery Consultant
303.393.0347

When researching Laser Vision Correction we think it is important and useful to visit several area LASIK surgeons before making your final decision. Many times opinions vary from doctor to doctor. These varying opinions inevitably can lead to confusion and hesitation. There is no reason for these conflicting reports considering the outstanding outcomes and many quality LASIK surgeons in the Denver area. A good LASIK surgeon should not only be able to perform your surgery with outstanding results he should also be able to explain your options in a clear, easy to understand format, with your best interest in mind – not a “cutting edge” procedure with little proof of long-term stability.

Joey Swanson
Refractive Surgery Consultant
303.393.0347

Pre-taxed dollars are a great way to pay for Laser Vision Correction. And now is the time of year when most employers require their employees to declare pre-tax dollar amounts for the upcoming year. Here, at our office, we are already starting to see the beginning of flex account patients coming in for initial consultations to confirm that they are indeed good LASIK candidates and to get an exact dollar amount to set aside. We recommend finding out if you are a LASIK candidate before declaring an exact dollar amount so there is no chance of losing your flex money. Remember, if you set aside the money and you’re not a candidate, you may lose your hard earned money.

Joey Swanson
Refractive Surgery Consultant
303.393.0347

Thursday, Sept. 14th Dr. Levinson performed successful PRK surgery on a patient who has glaucoma. The patient is a 36 year-old male. He is actually a LASIK candidate, but Dr. Levinson decided on PRK to reduce the amount of pressure placed on the eyes during surgery. Because of the eye drops needed for glaucoma the patient has experienced some dryness in the eyes post surgery. To alleviate the dryness, Dr. Levinson has altered the usage of some of his glaucoma drops for a short period of time. In addition, the patient has had the tear ducts in both eyes plugged while the PRK heals. Overall, the patient has had more follow-up exams than a non-glaucoma, PRK patient would have, but only as precaution and to monitor eye dryness. To anyone with glaucoma thinking about having refractive surgery done, it can be performed successfully, but it is important to find a well experienced surgeon. Also, when looking for a LASIK/PRK surgeon it makes sense to find a place that includes all follow-up exams for the simple reason you may need additional care that could become expensive, if paying for each visit.

Joey Swanson
Refractive Surgery Consultant
303.393.0347

Often times potential Laser Vision Correction patients believe they have more desire and want for Laser Vision Correction then they actually have the means for. At first glance, this attitude can be understood, with average costs ranging between $3,500 and $4,200 for both eyes. However, a closer, more in-depth analysis of price can reveal a far more affordable situation. The easiest way to create a more realistic scenario on life-enhancing Laser Vision Correction is to apply for LASIK financing.
While it is a wonderful feeling to be able to pay for services outright, it is just not possible many times. Here, at Dr. Levinson’s office, we encounter many deserving patients of Laser Vision Correction each day who budget and plan accordingly, in an effort to afford such a wonderful procedure. Their solution, often times, is financing with Vision Fee Plan. Because of Dr. Levinson’s preferred surgeon status, Vision Fee Plan offers his patients the option of its 18 month, no interest, financing plan. Now, a once unattainable procedure becomes much more realistic with affordable payments.

It seems there have been quite a few PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) procedures at our office over the last month or two. I find often times our patients or patients-to-be believe PRK is outdated, as well as the technology associated with this procedure. In fact, this is not true. To this day, PRK provides patients outstanding results that are achieved with less risk than with the now, more popular, LASIK. In the past, the down side with PRK was the amount of time required to recover and the level of discomfort associated with the procedure. However, over the past several months – with the help of medicated eye drops and Tylenol with codeine – discomfort levels have been very tolerable, according to some of our more recent patients. PRK is a fantastic procedure for correcting refractive errors, with state-of-the-art custom-wavefront technology available. In addition, it can allow patients who are not LASIK candidates (corneas too thin or past retinal detachments) to experience life without correction as well. For more informtation visit http://www.levinsoneyeclinic.com/prefaq.htm#q1.

Check back here frequently for Dr. Levinson’s insights and observations regarding LASIK and other ophthalmic matters. He will answer questions and share news about laser vision correction as it becomes available. In the meantime, please refer to our LASIK faq’s.