Seeking Advice on Lasik Surgery

Discussion in 'Laser Eye Surgery' started by fleemo17, Sep 22, 2005.

  1. fleemo17

    fleemo17 Guest

    My wife wants to have Lasik surgery performed on her eyes. She
    consulted with a doctor who had various pricing plans, from a one-time
    surgery to a lifetime plan which was *considerably* more expensive than
    the one-time surgery. Is the lifetime plan worth the money, or is it a
    scam? What's the liklihood of her needing additional surgeries after
    the first one?

    Any other advice folks would care to offer (such as how to go about
    finding the best surgeon in my area) would be gratefully accepted.

    fleemo17, Sep 22, 2005
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  2. fleemo17

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    The likelihood of needing additional surgery varies with prescription,
    but ranges from 5-10%. But, there are other complications that can
    happen that don't necessarily result in additional surgery, but do
    entail additional medical treatment and observation. Just make sure
    that the fees cover as many followup visits as necessary.

    The best surgeon in your area probably has the best reputation in your
    area (for patient care), but is not necessarily the highest-volume

    Dr. Leukoma, Sep 22, 2005
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  3. I personally find "lifetime" plans a bit misleading. You can start by
    asking, "Who's lifetime?" What if your doctor gets hit by a bus,
    retires, or loses his license? What if he sells the practice to
    another entity or takes on a partner? What if you move out of the

    I'm all for doctors providing extended care for their patients, but
    pricing based on something as nebulous as "lifetime" raises yellow
    flags for me. Look very, very closely at the fine print.

    There are two major organizations that evaluate and certify surgeons
    who provide refractive surgery. Our organization
    ( and the American Board of Eye Surgery
    ( These would be two good places to start in
    your search for a doctor.

    We have a list of 50 Tough Questions For Your Doctor on our website
    that will help you evaluate any doctor.

    You should visit at least three practices and compare notes before
    making any decision.

    Glenn Hagele
    Executive Director

    "Consider and Choose With Confidence"

    Email to glenn dot hagele at usaeyes dot org

    I am not a doctor.
    Glenn -, Sep 22, 2005
  4. I'd want to know the particular $ amounts. Any retreatments
    ("enhancements") should be much less expensive than the original surgery
    if done in the first year, but increasing in cost the longer out you go.
    Find out how much if done in 3 mos, 1 yr, and 3 yrs. And find out how
    many office visits the initial price covers, and how much each of those
    are. If you could factor in the pickiness of the patient, that would be
    good, maybe decisive (the pickier, the more I'd want the warranty,
    because the more likely the "need" for retreatment).

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Sep 22, 2005
  5. fleemo17

    jsgmt Guest

    Hey Fleemo-My husband is scheduled to have Lasik the end of October. We
    do not have many options here if we want to have it done in town. I
    live in Montana. No more driving to Washington or Canada-we are paying
    more to have it done in Missoula but I think it is worth it.

    That said...we were not offered any life time plan. John can have
    enhancement in the next 3 years for $300.00. Hopefully he won't need
    it but it would be affordable. After then, I don't know. Everyone will
    need reading glasses eventually. Heck you can buy them at Walmart.

    Hope this helps and lots of luck. I'll keep you posted on how it all

    Sheila G.
    jsgmt, Sep 23, 2005
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