Use Your FSA Dollars for Extra Savings on LASIK!

Is more freedom from glasses and contacts one of your New Year’s resolutions? Well, it’s the perfect time to use your tax-free FSA (Flexible Spending Account) dollars for extra savings on All-Laser LASIK at See It Clearly! And the best part is that you can use any amount that you’ve set aside for 2017 towards your procedure, whether you have $200 or $2,000!

Here’s how to use your Flex Plan for LASIK:
1. Schedule your FREE LASIK consultation at See It Clearly by clicking here or calling (210) 745-9700.
2. When it’s time for LASIK, use your Flex Plan card to pay or submit your receipt for reimbursement (check your plan for details).

Once you’ve enrolled, your FSA plan is effective immediately – you don’t have to wait until the end of 2017 to use your funds!

Start the New Year off right with more freedom and better vision! Call (210) 745-9700 or click here to schedule your FREE Consultation today.

Introducing iDesign Advanced LASIK Studio

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All-Laser iLASIK Just Got Better at See It Clearly!

Have you been considering LASIK but waiting for the best technology and the best results? We are pleased to offer our patients All-Laser iLASIK with iDESIGN, the biggest advancement in LASIK technology in decades!

This FDA approved technology is used with your All-Laser iLASIK procedure for more accuracy and precision than ever before…and the results are simply outstanding. This advanced technology was originally developed for high-powered NASA telescopes and is 25 times more precise than measurements used for glasses and contacts. With the ability to capture more data than ever before, iDESIGN is a truly customized treatment providing 5 times higher resolution than iLASIK. In fact, in a recent study* the majority of patients having LASIK with iDESIGN achieved 20/16 or better vision – that’s better than 20/20!

Everything you thought you knew about LASIK has changed…iLASIK with iDesign is considered hands-down the most advanced LASIK treatment available today, and See It Clearly is one of few practices to offer it. The treatment is quick, recovery is rapid, and most patients resume normal activities the day after their procedure.

Call (210) 745-9700 for more information or to schedule your FREE consultation and find out if you’re a candidate today!

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Financing: Pros and Cons for LASIK Candidates

People can be hesitant about LASIK due to the cost of the procedure. All of this money when glasses and contacts are a mere fraction! Not so fast. Have you ever stopped and thought about how much you really spend every month on contacts? How many pairs of glasses have you bought over the years? How much have you spent on prescription eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses? It all adds up! Currently it’s estimated that the average cost of LASIK eye surgery is $2000 per eye. While this number may be a little disheartening, don’t run away just yet! Let’s talk about the pros of having LASIK.

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Eligibility

When considering LASIK it’s important to consider whether you are a candidate. Here are some basic qualifications for a LASIK candidate:

  • Over the age of 18
  • No history of dry eyes
  • No major health concerns
  • Consistent eye health for the past year
  • Not currently pregnant or nursing

If you fit the criteria, head over to our website to answer a few more simple questions in our LASIK Self Test! This will help us determine if you are indeed a candidate for LASIK or PRK.

 

PROS

Lifestyle

Before we get to the numbers, lets talk about the aspects of everyday life that could change for you. No more running around the house looking for your glasses. No more accidentally sitting on your expensive prescription sunglasses when getting into the car. Actually being able to enjoy sports without dorky goggles. There are tons of little ways you may not even realize that LASIK makes a huge difference. For many, being free of glasses and contact lenses alone is worth its weight in gold!

Pricing

As aforementioned, the average cost of LASIK is approximately $2000 per eye. Keep in mind, for most people this is a one-time cost. Period. After LASIK it is reported that 96% of patients receive their desired vision almost immediately after surgery. The average box of contact lenses costs between $22-$26 and the average patient, assuming they have a mild prescription, uses roughly 10 boxes per year. If you have an astigmatism prices for contact lenses can soar to $50-$70 a month pushing the yearly cost to potentially $700 a year! Therefore, if you do have a stronger prescription your LASIK procedure could potentially pay for itself in less than 5 years. Suddenly that number isn’t so daunting, is it?

Financing

If your concern is paying for your LASIK in one lump sum, See It Clearly has some great financing options. Not only that, but we also aim to make our pricing as comprehensive as possible. The fee for your LASIK procedure includes the surgeon’s fee, facility fees and all pre-op and postoperative eye examinations for one year. In terms of payment we accept cash, check and credit (not including American Express). We also accept Health/Flex spending accounts and Vision Plans. If you choose to pay with Health/Flex or Vision Plans you can actually save up to 30% on your procedure! Additionally, through CareCredit we offer 24-month no interest financing.

If you do not have insurance or if your insurance doesn’t cover your LASIK procedure, CareCredit may be a great option for you. CareCredit is a credit card that works exclusively for health services and offers payment plans for procedures (such as LASIK) that insurance doesn’t commonly cover.

CONS

In terms of cons, many people are nervous about the safety of LASIK. Our eyes are one of our most sensitive organs and the thought of having a laser on them is certainly scary. Rest assured knowing that a mere 1% of LASIK patients report serious complication with their procedure. Furthermore, many of these complications can be fixed with a simple follow up appointment. After LASIK, you may experience discomfort and vision disturbances. This occurs because your eyes are adjusting to the procedure and in most cases issues clear up within the first couple months. In rare cases, people have experienced flap complications. These instances are so rare it’s estimated that only 0.3 to 5.7% of patients have suffered flap complications post-LASIK. Please keep in mind the LASIK procedure has also come a long way. At See It Clearly, we only use the most advanced technology and procedures alongside the most experienced doctors to ensure your vision is in the safest hands.

As mentioned earlier, most people are mainly scared of the price of LASIK. However, in explaining the breakdown of cost over time along with our comprehensive financing, we’re sure you’ll see its not such a scary number after all!

So, are you ready for a life of clear vision? Book a free consultation online now!

Sports Eye Safety Month

Did you know that April is sports eye safety month? If you play sports like racquetball or squash, you’ll understand just how important eye safety is! Many people are unaware of how hazardous these types of sports can be and how frequent eye injuries are. In light of this the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has designated April as Sports Eye Safety Month! This initiative has been put in place to raise awareness about wearing eye protection when participating in team sports. Making sure you wear the appropriate protective eyewear goes a long way in terms of maintaining healthy eyes now and in the future!

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has shared some alarming statistics about sports eye injuries:

An estimated 40,000 injuries occur every year due to sports. The majority of victims are children, many of whom suffer permanent visual impairment.
Baseball and basketball account for the largest number of injuries among young athletes.
Little League pitchers can achieve pitching speeds up to 70 mph. That’s fast enough to seriously damage an eye.
In basketball, wearing appropriate protective eyewear can prevent serious eye injuries caused by flying fingers and elbows.
Many other popular sports, such as tennis, soccer, football, golf, water sports, and hockey, put unprotected players at risk for serious eye injury.

Did you know that many children’s sports leagues don’t require that players wear eye protection? Even some of the most risky sports such as baseball, a sport where balls can fly as fast as 70 miles per hour! Other sports that have a high eye injury rate include basketball and most racquet sports.

The best way to prevent eye injuries during these sports is to make sure your children always are wearing shatterproof eye protection! In terms of other high-risk sports such as baseball, ice hockey and even lacrosse, kids should be wearing a facemask made with a wire shield beneath the helmet. Another important factor to take into account for hockey equipment is that masks should meet the Hockey Equipment Certification Council requirements!

Its no secret that high impact sports such as boxing and martial arts are very high-risk and can cause serious eye injuries. In light of this, make sure to choose eye protection that is appropriate and in line with the regulations of your child’s particular martial arts or boxing in combination with thumbless gloves for boxing. Furthermore, sports such as basketball, racquet sports, field hockey and soccer should invest in polycarbonate eyewear. When purchasing these types of protective eyewear, it’s important to ensure that they meet the standards set by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)!

If your child already has impaired vision, maybe consider the risks of participating in the above-mentioned sports more carefully. Don’t forget that an injury to the other eye could have a significant impact!

As aforementioned, sports often tend to be one of the biggest causes of eye injuries. However, especially as the summer months approach, they are certainly not the only hobby that poses a risk to your eyes! According to doctors surveyed in the 2008 Eye Injury Snapshot conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology as well as the American Society of Ocular Trauma, more than 40% of patients treated for eye injuries that happened at home happened on account of home repairs, yard work, cleaning and even cooking! It’s always important to err on the side of caution, even when doing mundane tasks around the home! Here are some tips to take into account for protecting your eyes:

• Make sure to consider the risk of flying debris and other objects during activities –always wear appropriate eye protection!
• If you wear contacts or glasses, have a back-up form of vision correction during bike trips or other activities where you could potentially lose or shatter a lens.
• Be cautious during activities or even games involving projectiles or sharp objects that could create injury if in contact with the eye.
• Glasses are not sufficient protection!

First and foremost, always remember that if an eye injury occurs, see an ophthalmologist or emergency room immediately! Delaying medical attention can result in permanent vision loss or blindness.

To learn more visit our website or contact one of our experienced ophthalmologists today!

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