Choose Between Two Options
- $1,899 for LASIK or PRK surgery for both eyes (a $4,000 value)
During the LASIK procedure, the doctor creates a corneal flap and folds it back. He then reshapes the cornea with a laser, which automatically tracks the eye's microscopic movements in order to treat one millimeter at a time 60–200 times per second. The doctor then puts the flap back in place, which reattaches to the eye in about one minute. Patients typically notice improved vision by the next morning.
The PRK reshapes the cornea at the surface without having to create a flap. After the doctor applies anesthetic eye drops, a laser zaps a concentrated, heat-free pulse that removes corneal tissue a quarter micron at a time—a size approximately 240 times smaller than the width of a human hair. After the treatment, improved vision takes an average of two to four days to appear.
- $2,900 for bladeless IntraLase LASIK laser surgery for both eyes (a $5,800 value)
The IntraLase procedure involves folding back a corneal flap in a similar manner to LASIK, but improves on the procedure by utilizing an ultrathin laser when creating the corneal flap. The laser fires 15,000 pulses per second into the cornea, which allows for the doctor to fully customize the depth and diameter of the flap to a two- to three-micron level of accuracy. As a result of the increased accuracy, the procedure may require fewer follow-up appointments.
Each procedure lasts 15 minutes.
Hatsis Laser Vision
Ophthalmologist Dr. Alexander Hatsis has performed tens of thousands of refractive surgical procedures since 1983, and uses his experience to train other surgeons at several area universities. At Hatsis Laser Vision—providing services on Long Island since 1995—Dr. Hatsis performs LASIK and PRK eye surgeries with the aid of Custom Vue procedures and WaveScan-based digital technology, which helps pinpoint individual imperfections that older methods could not detect. When correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, he relies on excimer lasers to etch prescriptions into the cornea so that incoming light will focus on the retina. . He also stores all patient records electronically so that computers can analyze data, helping to ensure safety.