Laser eye surgery is relatively fast and painless, requiring only about 15 minutes for the actual surgical procedure. Some of the things you should expect to occur during LASIK include:
Numbing eye drops are applied. This anesthetic ensures your procedure is pain free.
Speculum is used to hold your eyelids open. This device does not cause you any pain, but it prevents you from blinking during LASIK and keeps the surgical area accessible.
Suction ring is placed over your eye. Because of the pressure created, it is perfectly normal for your vision to go dim at this point. The suction ring is necessary to keep your eye still as the corneal flap is created.
Corneal flap is created. The IntraLase laser painlessly creates a flap in your cornea. The suction ring is removed at this point. Dr. Levinson will then lift the cornea flap.
Cornea is reshaped.Using an Excimer laser, Dr. Levinson reshapes your cornea to improve your vision. You hear a snapping sound as the laser is running.
Procedure is completed. The corneal flap is re-positioned by Dr. Levinson.
Immediately after LASIK, it’s normal for your vision to be hazy or blurry. This blurriness should dissipate in the hours following your procedure.

If you live in Denver and want to know if you are a candidate for laser eye surgery, please contact Richard A. Levinson, M.D., to schedule a consultation.
The beauty of LASIK is that you don’t have to do anything to maintain the results. Unlike glasses or contact lenses, there won’t be any cleaning, repairing or replacing of your LASIK results.
The modification of your cornea achieved with LASIK is permanent. Your LASIK results should remain unchanged over the years, although you are likely to experience vision changes due to presbyopia. This eye condition affects everyone at about age 45. It is caused by changes in the eye’s lens, causing you to have difficulty focusing on up-close objects. Many people wear reading glasses to overcome presbyopia challenges.
It is also important to have realistic expectations of LASIK results. It is possible you will still benefit from the use of glasses for distance vision, although only 5 percent of Dr. Levinson’s patients have needed glasses for distance. It is also possible you will need an enhancement LASIK if your eyes are overcorrected or under-corrected.
To make sure your LASIK procedure is successful you will go to follow-up appointments at our office. You will have appointments the day after your procedure, day four, one week, two months, six months and one year. These appointments allow us to make sure you are healing properly and that you are getting the best vision improvement results possible.

To learn more about LASIK in Denver, please contact Richard A. Levinson, M.D., to schedule a consultation.

High-tech procedures like LASIK are always accompanied by their fair share of myths and misconceptions. Some of the most common LASIK myths include:
LASIK is high risk: While there are inherent risks of LASIK surgery, the actual complication rate of the procedure is low. Serious, sight-threatening complications are rare, and other side effects can usually be effectively treated if they do occur.
LASIK can give anyone perfect vision: You should not expect perfect vision from LASIK. The majority of Dr. Levinson’s patients achieve 20/30 vision or better, and someachieve 20/20 or better. Other patients still benefit from the use of glasses for clear distance vision.
Your results will in part be affected by your candidacy for LASIK. The success of your LASIK journey can be determined by your specific vision error, your prescription, your eye health and other factors.
LASIK has to be performed several times: LASIK is a one-time procedure achieving permanentresults, although about 5 percent of patients may benefit from an additional enhancement surgery.
Dr. Levinson can provide all the facts about LASIK when you visit us at our Denver-area practice.

In Denver, get more information about laser eye surgery. Please contact Richard A. Levinson, M.D., to schedule a free initial consultation.

A Free Laser Vision Consultation requires about 60 to 90 minutes and includes the following:

~ Detailed history of wearing glasses: The ideal candidate is at least 18 years of age with stable glasses or contact lens prescription for at least 1 year.

~ Detailed history of contact lens wear: Contact lenses may change the shape of the cornea and affect its prescription. However, you do not need to discontinue wearing your contact lenses for the initial consultation. If you wear your contacts to the consultation, please bring your current glasses (if you have some).

~ Detailed history of ocular or systemic diseases and medications: Some eye diseases and medications can affect the suitability of a candidate for Laser Vision Correction.

~ Detailed history of previous ocular problems such as lazy eye, strabismus (eye misalignment caused by muscle imbalance), or the need for special glasses to prevent double vision.

~ Detailed history of any previous eye injury.

~ Assessing lifestyle needs: The candidate’s work or recreational activities and needs can influence vision correction strategies. For example, different strategies can affect depth perception and the ability to see near or far.

~ Determination of uncorrected vision and vision as corrected by glasses or contacts.

~ Determination of the prescription of visual error with a refraction in each eye to establish the amount of surgical correction that is needed and develop the appropriate surgical treatment.

~ Assessment of the surface of the cornea by mapping its topography (corneal curvature orshape).

~ Measurement of pupil size in dim and room light. Pupil size is an important factor in counseling a candidate about night vision and planning the appropriate laser vision correction treatment.

~ Wavefront analysis to determine if you are a candidate for Customized Wavefront treatment.

~ Measurement of corneal thickness (pachymetry). The amount of LASIK correction may be determined in part by corneal thickness.

~ Glaucoma testing by measuring the intraocular pressure of the eyes to determine if you are predisposed to glaucoma.

Patients who are found to be good candidates for surgery can then choose if we are a fit for their Laser Vision Correction needs.

When gathering information on Laser Vision Eye Surgery, you will find out that the average cost of surgery varies depending on the various providers and the wide range of pre-operative testing conducted and the post-op care that is included.
There is a wide variety of equipments used, with varying costs, for testing and surgery. Varying technologies and equipments are required for measuring corneal thickness, corneal topography, eye tracking, etc. and all this is reflected in the cost towards the surgery.

  • The cost of Laser Eye Surgery includes a variety of costs, including:
    Lease and maintenance of all devices used in the procedure, such as Microkeratome and corneal ring segments, etc.
  • A royalty fee of around $100 to $150 to the manufacturer of the excimer laser. This covers the cost of developing the equipment.
  • In case of the Custom LASIK procedure, a royalty of about $150 to $250 is to be paid to the laser manufacturer.
  • Costs covering Microkeratome blades, medications, and other surgical items, such as gowns, gloves and masks, etc. to keep the operation sterile.
  • Overhead, such as salaries of the surgical and office staff, the surgery center, rent, office equipment, office administration, etc.

Average Cost of LASIK Surgery – How it is Charged
As mentioned earlier, the cost of LASIK surgery depends upon various factors, and is generally quoted, per eye basis. The price quoted is always indicative and will finally depend on the type of procedure and the type of correction chosen. Although many may quote a figure of $600 per eye, approximately, the average cost is rarely less than $1,200 per eye.

Newer surgical procedures and the advent of newer technologies are the main causes of the rising average cost of LASIK surgery. LASIK with IntraLase is more expensive than LASIK with Microkeratome. The LASIK flap is created by a laser in the IntraLase procedure, whereas in the Microkeratome procedure, the surgeon uses a microkeratome blade to carry out the procedure. This raises the average cost of LASIK surgery by about $400 per eye.

Taking into account all the overheads, and the costs, rents, etc. of the equipment, and the procedure itself, the average cost of LASIK surgery is around $1700 to $2400 per eye.

In a study conducted in 2006, researchers at Oregon Health and Science University’s Casey Eye Institute, suggested it may be safer, in the long run, to have LASIK surgery than to wear contact lenses. Now, a new survey may explain why the conclusions of that study may, indeed, be correct.

Poor contact lens care habitsSynovate, Inc., a global market research company, recently asked 508 contact lens wearers a number of questions about how they care for their contact lenses, and the results were startling. All respondents were over age 18 and wore their lenses on a daily wear basis (removing them prior to sleep every day). The survey of contact lens wearers revealed:

* 40% do not wash their hands prior to handling their lenses.
* 20% do not use fresh solution when cleaning their lenses.
* 40% have put their lenses in their mouth to clean them.
* 70% wear their contact lenses when swimming.

These behaviors cause more bacteria and other harmful microorganisms to be transferred to the eyes, increasing the risk for serious eye infections. Couple these statistics with the fact that an estimated 38 million Americans wear contact lenses, and you have a huge number of people who are putting themselves at risk for sight-threatening eye infections.

In fact, according to the Casey Eye Institute study, over a 30-year period, the risk of a contact lens wearer experiencing significant vision loss due to a contact lens-related eye infection is 5 times greater than the risk a LASIK patient has of experiencing a similar vision loss due to a surgical complication.

I have been performing iLASIK for the past 18 months. The iLASIK procedure combines all of the latest, all-laser LASIK technology in one efficient LASIK platform. It’s safe and precise. In fact, thanks to studies using iLASIK technology, recently, all branches of the U.S. military and NASA approved LASIK for their service men and women. That’s why 90% of my patients choose the iLASIK procedure!

The technology used in the iLASIK procedure have been in use for many years and is extremely safe. With approximately 17 million LASIK procedures performed to date, LASIK is the most common elective vision procedure in the United States. You can afford it! Financing options are available that can help make iLASIK a reality for you.

Richard Levinson, MD
LASIK surgeon

The National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) has approved All-Laser Lasik technologies for use on U.S. astronauts. The NASA decision was made following review of extensive military clinical data, which showed the combination of femtosecond laser (IntraLase) for LASIK flap creation and wavefront-guided excimer laser for corneal sculpting provides superior safety and vision.

“NASA’s approval is further evidence that today’s LASIK exceeds all established standards of safety and effectiveness,” said Steven Schallhorn, M.D., retired captain of the U.S. Navy, investigator in multiple studies involving use of LASIK and other refractive surgeries for treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, and Medical Director for Optical Express.

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Those of you who love the idea of ditching the glasses or contact lenses by way of LASIK surgery but hate the possibility of experiencing night-time issues such as glare and halos, should very much consider Custom LASIK with Wavefront Technology. The computer-generated three dimensional mapping of your corneas with CustomVue Wavefront scanning can reduce the chances of any long term glare and halo issues. By taking into account the higher order aberrations – or subtle abnormalities – on one’s corneas, the CustomVue technology can very precisely smooth the inner portion of the cornea into the peripheral area, thus alleviating any ridged areas that could potentially allow light to reflect and scatter between these ridged points. Custom Wavefront Technology improves the quality of your vision after LASIK, especially at night.

Joey Swanson
Refractive Surgery Consultant

With Monovision or monofit, one eye is set with the Laser to focus at distance and the other eye is set to focus at near. Monovision is a very popular and effective Laser Vision Correction option at our office. Dr. Levinson himself has his vision set like this and he performs LASIK and cataract surgery without the use of glasses. If you are over the age of 40 and considering LASIK, Dr. Levinson strongly encourages you to understand the option of monovision. Please call for a free consultation if you would like to discuss this option with Dr. Levinson.

Joey Swanson
Refractive Surgery Consultant