Mark D. Weingarten, M.D.
Hours: Monday through Friday with evening and Saturday morning appointments also available
People everywhere are raving about LASIK and laser vision correction! Laser vision correction is the modern alternative to glasses or contact lenses.
What would it mean to you if you could toss out your glasses or annoying contacts? And how great would it feel to do your favorite activity without relying on glasses or contacts?
Well it's all possible. In fact, Dr. Weingarten, a foremost Detroit LASIK surgeon, has helped many people just like you transform their poor vision into sharp, crystal-clear sight in just seconds.
This special report will provide you with a great deal of information and education about all the facts you need before you do anything. So turn the page and let's start...
You may have heard a lot of things about LASIK and laser vision correction. It's being heralded as the greatest breakthrough in vision correction since contact lenses. And chances are you already know someone who's had their eyes "lasered". But is it right for you? Maybe. Maybe not. That's why I've written this fact-filled report to help cut through the hype and give you the honest truth about laser vision correction.
You're going to find out all the benefits of the procedure, and believe me there are many, but I'll also cover the not-so good points. This way you'll have an objective perspective and then you can decide for yourself if laser vision correction is right for you.
In order to understand how laser vision correction works, it's important to first cover vision problems thoroughly.
Vision problems like nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism and presbyopia are due to your eye's inability to focus light correctly on the retina. These are called "refractive" disorders because the light coming into your eyes is not bent or "refracted" properly.
The most common is nearsightedness (or Myopia). About 70 million people in North America are nearsighted. That's about 1 in 4. Being "nearsighted" means that you can see objects that are "nearer" to you much sharper than objects in the distance. This is due to light focusing in front of the retina instead of directly on ittherefore causing blurry vision at a distance.
Farsightedness (or Hyperopia) is the opposite of being nearsighted, you can see objects in the distance better than objects near to you. Farsightedness is caused by light focusing behind the retina. And this is due to an eye that is too short for the curvature of your cornea (which is often flatter than normal, also).
Astigmatism is also quite common and patients who are nearsighted or farsighted many times also have some astigmatism. The best way to understand astigmatism is to think of your cornea as being shaped more like the end of a football than a soccer ball, which causes light rays that enter your eye to become unequally bent (or refracted) and this results in a distorted image.
If you have difficulty reading a menu or the fine print in a newspaper is blurry — you may have presbyopia. Presbyopia is part of the normal aging process and occurs around 40 or 50. This is due to the eye's focusing system weakening and a laser cannot correct this. That's why many people with normal sight will still require reading glasses as they age to read fine print.
And like I mentioned, a laser will not help correct presbyopia, but here's one option to consider:
Correcting one eye for distance and leaving the other slightly nearsighted for reading is called monovision. And this allows you to read after presbyopia starts. Monovision is best suited for close-at-hand activities like reading a menu, opening the mail, threading a needle, etc. However, most people will require reading glasses eventually.
But, I'm really getting ahead of myself. Let me first explain a little about the laser vision correction options:
Laser vision correction is using a precise, minimally invasive laser to reshape the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. During the treatment, the lasers cool beam of ultraviolet light removes a small amount of corneal tissue allowing images to be more sharply focused on the retina. It has been performed since 1991 in the United States and earlier in Europe. Millions of patients worldwide have benefited from laser vision correction.
There are two procedures performed using the excimer laser:
Both procedures can produce remarkable results, but each uses different methods. Let's talk about PRK first:
PRK stands for photorefractive keratectomy. Using an excimer laser, doctors change the shape of the cornea to improve your vision. This was a big improvement over the older way of using manual, spoke-like scalpel incisions to reshape the cornea (called radial keratotomy or RK).
PRK is an outpatient procedure that takes about 15 minutes to perform. During the procedure the cornea's outermost protective epithelium is gently removed. Then the laser will precisely reshape your eye's curvature. And within 3-5 days the epithelium will be restored and the new cornea shape remains corrected. The major drawback to this procedure is the painful healing of the epithelium and the slow visual recovery.
OK, now what about LASIK?
LASIK stands for Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis. LASIK involves creating a thin flap on the cornea with a microkeratome and this flap is opened up, almost like a submarine hatch, then the laser is used to reshape the inner layer of the cornea. What's incredible about this procedure is the flap is repositioned without sutures or stitches and adheres immediately.
So, What's The Difference?
Make no mistake, both LASIK and PRK are effective for correcting vision disorders.
However most doctors and patients prefer LASIK because of these advantages:
Many LASIK patients will even see better the very same day of surgery because there is no incision in the surface of the cornea (epithelium). With PRK it will take about three days for the epithelium to heal. At your vision screening we can determine which method is best suited for you.
Okay, by now you probably have a few questions.
So, Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I get:
Q: Who Are The Best Candidates For LASIK?
A: Candidates for LASIK should be 18 years or older with stable vision, healthy eyes and a refractive vision problem within the range of effective treatment. A large majority of nearsighted, farsighted, or astigmatic people are potential candidates. However, medical conditions such as keratoconus, cataracts, pregnancy, etc. may exclude you from having the procedure. Once again, the best way to find out if you are a suitable candidate is to schedule a FREE, no-obligation, personalized vision consultation at our office. You can call (877) 219-8303.
Here's What Happens During Your Consultation
The consultation is conducted at our office. During this exam I will check your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription to determine if your vision is within the acceptable range for vision correction. From this exam I will ensure your candidacy and make sure your eyes are healthy and stable. I will make sure you have no health conditions that could hinder your surgery. The evaluation will let you know what the likely outcome of LASIK will be in your personal situation. By the end of the evaluation, you should have all the information you need to decide whether or not you'd like to go forward and have your vision corrected if you are a candidate. If you decide not to go forward, that's fine. There is no obligation. And if you decide to go forward, we can schedule a date for your surgery.
Q: How Long Will The Results From LASIK Last?
A: This surgery is meant to be a permanent change. The effects of LASIK do not wear off. Laser vision correction has been performed in many countries around since the 1980s. And studies chronicling the long-term results of the procedure have been very positive so far. However, laser vision correction will not prevent any age related conditions such as presbyopia or cataracts, which would need to be treated in the usual manner. Most experts agree that we will not uncover any long-term problems with laser vision correction. In fact, many doctors have given the procedure the ultimate stamp of approval by having it performed on themselves.
Q: Does It Hurt?
A: Surprisingly no! You are given a topical anesthetic(eye drops) to numb the eye, so you experience no pain. You may also be given a small amount of oral sedative to help relax you. You will be seated in a reclining chair, and positioned under the laser. A spring will be placed between your eyelids to gently hold them open during the treatment. The surgeon then applies a vacuum ring. You may experience a sensation of pressure for a few seconds. A microkeratome, an automated instrument is then used to create the flap. The flap will then be pulled back and you will be asked to focus on a blinking red light and the laser will treat your eye for less than one minute. The flap is then repositioned and allowed to dry for a couple minutes. Finally, a clear protective shield will be placed over your eye and the surgery is complete. Your total time in the laser area will be about 30 minutes.
Q: Should Both Eyes Be Done At The Same Time?
A: That's a choice your surgeon will make with you. It is safer to treat one eye at a time, however the majority of patients elect to do both at once, usually out of convenience. For some patients who do not have surgery on both eyes they may be unable to use both eyes together after surgery without eyestrain or double vision due to a large difference in refractive error between the eyes. Some patients may wear a contact lens in the eye that has not undergone surgery. However, the contact lens will need to be removed at least several days prior to surgery on that eye.
Q: Is LASIK FDA Approved?
A The FDA does not approve procedures — it only approves devices. And the laser used for LASIK procedures is approved; it is up to the doctors themselves to use the devices appropriately. The VISX Star S4 excimer laser that Dr. Weingarten uses is FDA approved for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
Q: How Much Does It Cost?
A: The cost is $1250 per eye, which includes your pre-operative examination, the surgical procedure, and all post-operative care and needed enhancements during the first year. Our fee is all-inclusive and there are no hidden charges. There are doctors who may do it for less and others who may do it for more. And you might be asking yourself why shouldn't I do it with a doctor who does it for less. Wanting to get the best price is normal, but rememberyou have to think about quality and service. After all, when are you going to know if your surgery was successful or not? When it's already over with, right? And it's a little too late then, isn't it?
Since it is considered an elective procedure it is not covered by most insurances. In some cases, the cost of the procedure can be covered by medical flex plans or medical cafeteria plans that allow pretax dollars to be set aside for medical expenses. You should check with your employer to see if your company offers this benefit. You should also check with your accountant to see if you can take LASIK as a deductible health expense. However, many patients are surprised at just how affordable LASIK really is with our low cost financing options. LASIK surgery is an investment since your total investment in LASIK ends up being significantly less than you would spend on glasses and contacts. Most patients consider the cost an investment in themselves that pays dividends forever.
Q: What results can I expect from LASIK?
A: Nobody can promise you 20/20 vision. However, most patients experience tremendous improvements. Almost all patients can expect to achieve 20/40 vision, which most states consider good enough to drive without having to wear contacts or glasses. Most people in their 40's or older will need reading glasses if both eyes are corrected for distance. This is because the eye's lens loses flexibility as we age. This condition, presently, cannot be treated by surgical methods. Some patients in this age group select monovision, such is done with contact lenses. This option allows patients to use one of their eyes for distance and the other to see up close. Although monovision works well for some patients, many are not comfortable with this arrangement. I will discuss and demonstrate this with you.
Q: What Are The Most Common Side Effects After Surgery?
A: Usually, 24-48 hours after surgery, most patients experience mild discomfort in their eyes. Your eyes may feel scratchy; like an eyelash in your eye. This is relieved with eye drops, which you'll use after the surgery. You may also experience some tearing or watering of the eyes and your vision may be a little hazy. These irritants are usually just temporary and soon disappear. Most patients can return to work and resume virtually all of their daily activities the next day following their surgery.
Q: What Complications And Risks Are Possible?
A: Like any surgical procedure, certain risks exist with LASIK surgery, like under-correction, over-correction, need for subsequent surgery, corneal flap risk, and infection among others. However, documented studies prove the chance of a serious vision threatening complication to be much less than 1%.
One of the most important things to achieving a good outcome is managing your expectations. It is vitally important that your expectations be in-line with what LASIK can achieve for you. It is not reasonable to expect LASIK to completely free you from glasses and contacts forever (though, some patients are). You should expect to significantly reduce your dependence on glasses and contacts. But, you should be aware that most patients will eventually require reading glasses (as discussed earlier, this can be partially offset by electing to have monovision), and some patients may still need a thin pair of glasses for vital activities, like driving at night.
Q: What If Results Are Not As Expected?
A: Although not common, it is possible your vision may be undercorrected or overcorrected after your surgery. If this occurs you may require an enhancement procedure. Relifting the flap and doing additional laser treatment can usually correct this. There is no additional charge for this within the first year after your surgery.
Q: How Do You Choose a Qualified Surgeon?
A: Be an informed consumer. Ask questions regarding the surgeon's background, experience, and outcomes they have had in delivering vision correction. Attend informational seminars and complimentary evaluations. Ask the surgeon questions specific to your visual needs and expectations. You want a doctor who you can communicate with and listens to all your concerns.
In my practice I personally care for my patients every step of the way-from the initial consultation through the postoperative exams. I believe this is crucial to a positive outcome. I am a board certified ophthalmologist and certified laser surgeon. I have been performing laser vision correction since 1996 and have helped numerous patients eliminate or reduce their dependence on glasses or contacts.
Okay, so does all of this make sense to you? I hope so.
And I hope you've found this report educational and informative. You wouldn't find this kind of straight forward information anywhere else. This is why I want to make you a special offer. Although my practice is quite busy, I would like to offer you a chance to come in and talk with me personally.
I would like to buy you a free consultation.
This will be an opportunity for us to get together so we can discuss your specific situation in detail and see if LASIK is really the best option for you (I'll give you an honest assessment to the best of my abilities).
Here's what to do now...
Before you put down this report, give Patti a call today at Phone: (248) 650-2255 and tell her you got the special report and would like to schedule a free vision evaluation.
I've helped a lot of people, just like you, discover freedom from glasses and contacts. And I hope I can do the same for you. But you won't know unless you come in. So why not spend some time, at my expense, finding out if this is right for you.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
Mark Weingarten, M.D.
P.S. Are you still hesitant? Why not call my assistant Patti at (877) 219-8303 and she can answer your remaining questions over the phone.
P.P.S. You could be on your way to seeing better in just seconds with breakthrough LASIK laser vision correction. Call today for your free evaluation and consultation.