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Cost of LASIK and Refractive Surgery

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LASIK and Refractive SurgeryAt Ellis Eye and Laser Medical Center we pride ourselves in offering the highest and most technologically advanced lasik at the lowest price obtainable. Because Dr. William Ellis was one of the first ophthalmologists in California to perform Lasik, and because Lasik is our specialty, we can offer the very best pricing available. We can do this because we own and service all of our own refractive, excimer lasers. Many practices, where lasik is a sideline to a general ophthalmology practice simply rent a “trucked in laser” for the day. Besides the high cost which can easily be $1200/per eye, there is great risk of damaging the laser in transit. The excimer laser contains a sensitive array of mirrors and focusing lenses. Any jarring can seriously detune the laser performance and have a negative effect on the optical system of the laser resulting in a poor or even botched surgery.


Secondly, Dr. Ellis received a degree, with honors, in electrical engineering from U.C. Berkeley. He knows the medicine and the lasers too. Because we own four excimer lasers we can afford to have our own factory trained laser physicist perform our laser service in house. The advantage to doing this not only saves large costs in laser service, but helps to insure the very best performance from each machine. Most laser companies visit their doctors only once every 3 to 6 months. Thus an unrecognized fault can lead to poor surgical outcomes, and the average ophthalmologist will not have the foggiest reason why. This is because most eye surgeons have no background in the laser design or engineering. When they purchase their machine they get a quick one day course in how to push the buttons. If something goes wrong with this highly complex device and the service technician has not come, chances are they may not have any idea of what is going on.

Thirdly, Dr. Ellis and the staff of Ellis Eye perform all of their postoperative care. This assures the most caring and dedicated approach to each patient. It is not like this at all practices where a scheme knows as “co management” may masquerade as a disguised form of fee splitting. You see, in California, fee splitting is illegal. This means it is illegal to give a kick back to a doctor or optometrist who refers a patient. Such kick backs can be as much as $500 to $1000 per eye which the surgeon adds on to his bill. The surgeon gets away with this by telling the patient that the referring optometrist will co manage the care of the patient and perform the postoperative care. In reality such arrangements are often veiled kickbacks, since the postoperative visits are done for both eyes at the same time and if priced as regular office visits would never be worth more than $200 to $300. We never do this at Ellis Eye. We take pride in performing all post operative care personally and at great cost savings to you.

Lastly, because Ellis Eye specializes in refractive surgical procedures, we have a variety of lasers and procedures to choose from. For low amounts of nearsightedness the Nidek EC 5000 laser may provide quality surgery at a very affordable price. Lasik cost with the Nidek can be as low as $499 per eye for patients with less than 1.5 diopters of nearsightedness and no astigmatism. This is because there are no patent royalties paid for the Nidek laser which was FDA approved in 1999. Other lasers on the market charge the surgeon as much as $250 per eye procedure fee (for patent licenses held by the laser manufacturer, and this of course must be passed on to the patient.

At Ellis Eye you will receive the very best pricing, and surgery delivered with the highest and most skilled level of care. Of course not all procedures are priced the same. It depends on the laser used and the type of surgery done. Even our most costly surgery, EpiLasik with Zyoptix custom wavefront ablation , will usually be priced significantly lower than at other laser centers.

And we have some of the best financing available for those who would like to have their vision corrected now and delay the cost over a period of time. Remember, life is short. Don’t let the cost of laser surgery continue to be an obstacle to your full and total enjoyment of life. Ski, play tennis, golf, and swim without the annoyance of spectacles and contact lenses. See our web page for our affordable financing plans though Care Credit and Care Credit Plus. Our Lasik counselors will be happy to get you preapproved, even before your initial evaluation.

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