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PHASER SURGERY



PHASER SURGERY with either a monofocal or multifocal lens is a relatively simple and usually painless procedure, often taking less than 10 minutes. Replacement of the eye's natural lens with a multifocal lens implant is the only refractive procedure that can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses for both distance and near vision in each eye.

PHASER SURGERY This procedure is identical to the cataract surgery performed on millions of elderly Americans every year. In cataract surgery, the eye's natural lens has become cloudy and is replaced with a clear synthetic lens. In young people who are nearsighted or farsighted the natural lens is "defective" in that it does not correctly focus the image onto the retina. This lens can be replaced with a synthetic lens of more accurate power. (SEE CATARACT SURGERY VIDEO On Right)


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What to Expect During & After the Procedure

  • Surgery is performed on one eye at a time. The second eye’s surgery is usually performed one week later.

  • Anesthetic eye drops will be placed in your eye and you will be offered Valium if you are nervous.

  • You will be brought into the surgical suite, your eye will be prepped (cleaned with a Betadine solution) and a small instrument is used to hold your eye open.

  • You will be asked to look straight up into a very bright light coming from the large microscope.

  • A small (<1/4") incision is made.

  • Very small surgical instruments are used to open the capsule holding the eye's natural lens.

  • The lens is then removed using an instrument called a phacoemulsifier which generates sound waves used to break the lens into tiny pieces. .

  • The small pieces are then removed.

  • Once the lens has been removed, the new synthetic lens is folded, inserted into the capsule, and unfolded.

  • The entire surgery usually takes less than 10 minutes and is usually associated with minimal or no discomfort.



Post-op care
After your PHASER experience is completed, you will be given post-op medications and instructions.

What To Expect in the first 24 - 48 hours
You may notice

  • A mild foreign body sensation

  • Mild to moderate redness in your eye

  • Small hemorrhages over the white of the eye

Follow-up care
Your first post-op visit will occur within a few hours of the surgery. Most patients are then seen 3 days, 10 days, and 4 months after surgery.

PHASER STATISTICS

Vision Recovery Statistics

  • Vision improvement is usually noticed within 24 hours to 48 hours but in a small percentage of patients it may take two weeks or longer. Vision through the multifocal lens requires a variable learning period. Most people cannot begin the learning period until this lens is implanted in both eyes. This learning period can last for up to one year.

  • Enhancements and/or Re-operations
    While calculations based on tens of thousands of previous patients are used to select the appropriate synthetic lens for you, the surgery does not always provide the predicted result. Therefore, re-operations are sometimes required. Rarely, the implant must be exchanged. More commonly, another refractive surgical procedure such as LASIK may be used to create the minimal changes needed to achieve the desired result.
    There is no additional charge for enhancements and/or re-operation

Are You a Candidate
• You must be over age 45.

Considerations

  • PHASER is a permanent surgery to the lens. It cannot be reversed.

  • The goal of PHASER is to reduce the dependence on eyeglasses and/or contact lenses, NOT to provide perfect or near perfect vision. While some patients may achieve perfect vision after refractive surgery, perfect vision should NOT BE EXPECTED.

  • PHASER does not involve the use of a laser.

  • Patients must understand all alternative methods for vision correction.

  • It is often necessary to have both eyes treated to achieve a satisfactory result.

Contraindications
If you have any of the following, PHASER surgery may not be a viable option:

  • Significant risk of eye trauma via sports, occupation, or other activity.

  • Significant Eye Disease.

  • Systemic disease likely to affect wound healing such as insulin-dependent diabetes or severe atopic disease.

  • Inability to cooperate during the procedure.

  • Unrealistic Expectations: (Remember, refractive surgery is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses. While many patients will achieve perfect, or near perfect, vision after surgery, some patients will require glasses or contact lenses to achieve clearer distance and/or near vision.)

COMPLICATIONS

  • GLARE & HALOS: Multifocal lenses are more likely to cause halos, starbursts, and glare then monofocal lenses. In some cases, these symptoms are quite severe causing significant difficulty with driving at night and night vision.

  • Undercorrection

  • Overcorrection

  • Irregular Astigmatism

  • Decrease in best-corrected vision

Significant complications resulting in severe and permanent vision loss, or even the loss of an eye, can occur with any refractive procedure. However serious complications such as these are very, very rare.

The discussion of adverse effects and complications is necessarily incomplete. Additional complications can be discussed at AAPECS Eye Care.

Phaser Cost & Financing

 

Financing Plans

 

Vision correction may be an excellent investment for your personal well being. Because of this, we believe financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining this procedure. Being sensitive to the fact that different patients have different needs, we provide the following payment options.
Low Monthly Payment Plan Cash or Check
Credit Cards Flex Account
Insurance Coverage No interest financing

Credit Cards
We accept

Company Flex Plans / Health Savings Accounts
Your company may offer a medical spending account, which allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for your medical expenses.  Please contact your employer for more details.

Insurance Coverage
Most insurance companies do not cover refractive surgery. If your insurance provider does offer a benefit, our staff will be happy to assist you in filing your claim.