1. CAN I MAKE PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS?
2. WHAT IS YOUR FEE FOR
LASIK OR PRK AND WHAT DOES THE FEE INCLUDE?
3. WHY SHOULD I PAY
YOU $1695 PER EYE FOR LASIK WHEN I CAN GET LASIK FOR $1000, $795 OR EVEN $295
I offer you a Premium Laser Center, but at what price? I don't believe that the highest price necessarily guarantees the highest anything. However, in LASIK as with just everything else in life, you generally get what you pay for. And top-of-the-line Laser Vision technology is expensive. The Excimer Laser I would use on you, the VISX Star S4 with all available upgrades and CustomVue Wavefront Scanner cost over $800,000. (You can buy a used Nidek Excimer Laser, the Laser the "$299" Laser Center uses, for $200,000). I have set my Laser fees based on the costs I incur to provide you with Premium quality, safety and customer service. We do offer you very good value because the fees I have set are usually less than you'll find at other Premium Laser Centers offering similar advanced Excimer Laser technology, direct access to the Laser Surgeon and customer service.
I think there are 3 differences you need to consider between LASIK performed in my practice and LASIK performed at the "cut-rate" Laser Centers. First, the Surgeon; second, the Excimer Laser; and third, the volume of cases performed.
Before going into specifics, I want you to understand that the "cut-rate" Laser Centers use "bait and switch" in their pricing. Only patients with the very lowest corrections will get LASIK for "$295". There are numerous add on charges; the average charge at one "cut-rate" Laser Center was $1100 per eye.
No matter how simple and safe LASIK may sound, LASIK is still a surgical procedure, performed on you by an Eye Surgeon, with potential risks and occasional complications. At a "cut-rate", and even some Premium Laser Centers, you don't meet the LASIK Surgeon until the day of surgery. HOW CAN YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE IN A SURGEON THAT YOU HAVE NEVER MET UNTIL JUST MOMENTS PRIOR TO YOUR SURGERY??? I don't think anybody will disagree that you will get the highest quality LASIK care if the LASIK Surgeon does your preoperative evaluation, your LASIK procedure and your postop care. "Cut-rate" Laser Centers can not afford to pay the LASIK Surgeon to do preoperative and postoperative care. The "cut-rate" Laser Centers hire technicians and optometrists to do the pre-op and postop care. Obviously, technicians and optometrists are not medical doctors and do not have the same knowledge and expertise as the LASIK Surgeon. I do not believe optometrists and technicians have any business managing surgical patients without direct medical supervision by the LASIK Surgeon. The "cut-rate" centers disagree with me and will reassure you that technicians and optometrists are "competent", but I doubt that they can convince you that technicians and optometrists are as "competent" as the LASIK Surgeon in providing pre-op and postop care. Furthermore, 95% or all potential visually-compromising complications occur 1-10 days following the LASIK procedure and need to be diagnosed and treated promptly. In a "cut-rate" Laser Center, if you have a complication, the technician or optometrist will first evaluate you post-operatively, and you are relying on their training and expertise to quickly and accurately recognize LASIK complications. I stress, technicians and optometrists are not medical doctors and their level of training does not include four years of medical school and three years of Ophthalmology Residency training! If a technician or optometrist identifies your problem, they may try to treat you or they will try to have you see the LASIK Surgeon, who may not be readily available. If you have a complication, delay in treatment can affect the outcome of your LASIK procedure.
The next consideration is the Excimer Laser. Not all FDA-approved Excimer Lasers are of equal quality. Almost without exception, all "cut-rate" Laser Centers use the Nidek EC-5000 or Technolas Excimer Lasers. The "cut-rate" Laser Centers will assure you that the Nidek or Technolas are excellent Lasers. I would agree that they are good Excimer Lasers, but not excellent Excimer Lasers. The VISX Star S4 with the CustomVue Wavefront Scanning System is an elegantly engineered, technologically advanced piece of equipment incorporating state-of-the art design, and is the only Excimer Laser I would recommend if quality, not "lowest-price", is your highest priority.
The third consideration is the number of cases the "cut-rate" Laser Centers perform each month. They can not defy economic gravity. To stay in business, they need to perform hundreds of cases per month. I have a large LASIK practice and I can not perform more than 100 cases per month; if I do more than that number, the chance for mistakes increases.
4. If I'm not concerned
about cost, who is the "best" Laser Vision Surgeon in
The Levinson Eye Clinic, in Denver Colorado, and its laser vision correction surgeon, Dr. Richard A. Levinson, M.D., provide the latest technology in eye care and Lasik vision correction surgery for Custom Wavefront Lasik in the Denver and Boulder Metro area. Dr. Levinson and his refractive eye surgery staff use the Visx Star S4 excimer laser for Lasik or PRK refractive eye surgery with Customvue Wavefront Lasik. Contact Dr. Levinson and his Denver, Colorado laser vision correction staff for more information or to schedule a complimentary Custom Lasik vision correction consultation.