Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology Blog
By Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology, PLLC
January 21, 2020
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: LASIK  

Discover the ways that you can use FSA/HSA for better vision.

If you have a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA), you may be wondering how this could help you save money on your vision needs. FSA accounts allow you to set aside pre-taxed money from your paycheck to help you cover some of your medical expenses. An HSA is similar to an FSA, but the main difference is that your money carries over from the year so you don’t lose it. If you don’t use your FSA funds you will lose them.

Some approved payments for FSA/HSA benefits are:

- LASIK surgery:  Laser correction surgery such as LASIK is eligible as an FSA/HSA expense. LASIK can correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

- Your eyeglasses, if you have a prescription. If you need a prescription, you will need to visit one of our NYC eye doctors for a prescription first. Your FSA/HSA may also include prescription sunglasses.

- Your contact lenses, as well as the cases, cleaning solution and anything else you need to take care of your contact lenses. We offer a wide range of contact lenses including weekly and monthlies to fit your lifestyle.

- Your annual exam may be covered by your FSA/HSA. Everyone will need an eye exam each year to make sure their prescription hasn’t changed and that their eyes are healthy. If you need to schedule an appointment it’s as simple as picking up the phone and giving us a call or booking it online.

Many adults need some type of vision correction. While this often comes in the form of glasses or contact lenses, many people are turning to LASIK surgery with our New York ophthalmologist, Dr. Christopher Coad to help them see better.

Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York is here to help you make the most out of your FSA/HSA while also making sure you get the vision care you need!

By Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology, PLLC
January 03, 2020
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: LASIK  

How Long Does LASIK Last?

Are glasses and contact lenses interfering with your active lifestyle? Many adults over the age of 21 have chosen laser vision correction surgery. Highly successful and safe, this procedure performed by a board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Christopher Coad at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology, sharpens vision and eliminates the need for contacts and glasses. Dr. Christopher Coad has been a pioneer in laser refractive surgery and has performed thousands of LASIK and refractive procedures since vision correction surgery was approved by the FDA in the early 1990s. Dr. Coad has been featured on TV, radio and in the press for his outstanding work and has been recognized by his peers as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and a New York Super Doctor.

Interested in learning more about LASIK and how long it lasts? Read all of the details here!

What is LASIK?

LASIK is a laser eye surgery that corrects surface irregularities in the cornea which is the clear outer layer of the eye. The cornea protects your eye from dirt and bacteria and also aids in directing light through the lens and toward the retina.

Many people have congenital corneal defects that do not impact the health of the eye. However, they can change how the eye perceives images. The resulting vision problems are called astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. In past years, only eyeglasses and contact lenses could improve these problems. However, LASIK surgery changes all of that! Reshaping of the cornea takes seconds, and the entire procedure takes only 15 minutes! 

Life after LASIK

You will be free of glasses and contacts and you'll see better than you ever have! As you approach your mid-fifties, you may need reading glasses to correct presbyopia, an age-related problem that impairs close vision. Additionally, with advanced age, most individuals require cataract surgery to remove clouded lenses and replace them with artificial ones.

In general, however, LASIK surgery lasts indefinitely. The American Refractive Surgery Council indicates that only 10 percent of LASIK patients need enhancement surgery later on in life.

Interested in LASIK?

Contact Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology for an informative consultation with Dr. Christopher Coad and his team. Call us at (212) 220-0066, and look forward to the best vision of your life.

By Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology, PLLC
December 27, 2019
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: LASIK   Eye Treatments  

How Lasik Can Save You Money

Wondering whether you could benefit from getting LASIK eye treatment?

Have you been thinking about whether you could benefit from LASIK? Perhaps you love the idea of being able to wake up and see everything clearly or you would rather not have to fiddle with contacts anymore. Whatever the reason might be, you may be a bit hesitant about taking the plunge, especially if you’re thinking about the upfront cost. However, turning to our board-certified, New York ophthalmologist, Dr. Christopher Coad for LASIK could actually save you money in the long run! As a leader in laser vision correction, Dr. Coad is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.) and affiliated with the renowned medical center, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City. We offer patients the entire spectrum of vision correction technology and highly personalized care. We continue to care for your eyes long after vision correction treatment is complete. Read on to find out how LASIK can help you put more money into the piggy bank and not into more glasses and contact lenses!

Save Money with LASIK

While the cost of LASIK may seem like a lot, once you get LASIK you may never need to worry about getting contacts or glasses again! Contact lens wearers in particular can save quite a bit over the years by getting LASIK. Think about how much you spend on your contact lens supply or how much it costs to get prescription eyewear. Or what about those regular doctor visits for glasses prescriptions or to get new contact lens fittings? It all adds up quickly! Once you get LASIK, you won’t have to worry about all these expenses, which can really add up every year.

Save Time, Too

Along with money, getting LASIK can also save you time. Think about all those times you had to go hunting for your glasses because you weren’t sure where you placed them or you had to remove your contacts because there was something on them. Your time is just as valuable and your money! LASIK can help you make sure that you are never left dealing with uncomfortable contacts or having to find where you put your glasses.

Good Candidates for LASIK

If you believe that LASIK is a good investment for you then the next step is to schedule a consultation at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology to see if you are an ideal candidate for treatment. LASIK can be a great option for adults who are nearsighted, farsighted or dealing with astigmatism and whose prescription has stayed the same for at least one year.

Covering the Cost of LASIK

If you have a health savings account (HSA/FSA) this can also help you save on LASIK. If you have an HSA account, we would be happy to discuss how you could use those funds towards LASIK. If you are still concerned about your finances, ask us about our interest-free financing and how it could help make LASIK more affordable for you.

Are you interested in getting LASIK in New York? If so, call Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology today to schedule a consultation with our office. We would be happy to talk to you about your treatment options for better vision!

By Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology, PLLC
December 17, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: LASIK   PRK  

Difference between LASIK and PRK

Discover the differences between these popular corrective eye surgeries.

Are you tired of having to put contact lenses in every morning? Do you hate having to always bring glasses with you? There are many reasons someone may turn to our board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Christopher Coad at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York to correct their vision. Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology is a leading laser vision correction surgery and eye care practice. Founded in 1989, the facility expanded 10 years later to its present location in the heart of Chelsea’s Gallery District. Learn more about LASIK and PRK at our practice, two popular eye surgeries to correct common vision problems.

What are LASIK and PRK eye surgeries?

LASIK and PRK are two types of refractive surgeries designed to correct everything from nearsightedness and farsightedness to astigmatism.

They both work in the same way, but with the presence or absence of a laser flap. Our New York LASIK surgery specialist will reshape the cornea using a special laser, which will then help the retina to properly focus light as it enters the eye to give you a clearer vision.

How do these two types of corrective eye surgeries differ?

The biggest difference between the two surgeries has to do with the procedural process. During LASIK surgery, the laser will create a small flap in the cornea to expose the tissue and reshape the cornea. During PRK, a flap is not created to conserve corneal tissue before reshaping the cornea with the laser. A bandage contact lens is applied to the cornea for 5 days as the corneal epithelium regenerates after PRK.

Should I get Lasik or PRK?

The results you’ll get with both treatments are very much the same; the only difference is that it can take a few days longer for the patient to recover from PRK because the corneal tissue has to regenerate. With LASIK, the patient will be able to see again rather quickly, while vision improvement will get better over the course of several weeks with PRK.

Despite the longer length of recovery, PRK is great for patients with thinner corneas who may not be ideal candidates for LASIK.

Are you interested in learning more about corrective eye surgery and whether you are a candidate? If so, the next step is to call Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to discuss the different treatment options with you.

By Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology, PLLC
December 04, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

What is Visian ICL?

Could Visian ICL be the best vision correction option for you and your eyesight?

Many people come into Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology asking about LASIK or other corrective eye surgery options. They want to be able to see better without turning to contact lenses or glasses every day; unfortunately, not everyone is an ideal candidate for LASIK surgery. Despite that, our board-certified, New York ophthalmologist, Dr. Christopher Coad wants to make sure that everyone is able to get the vision correction they deserve. In this case, Visian ICL may be the ideal option. Dr. Coad works with a team of gifted and well-trained technicians and staff, creating the ideal vision correction and eye care practice using the most advanced technology.

What is Visian ICL?

Visian ICL, which stands for Implantable Contact Lens (ICL), is a special lens that is implanted into the eye to correct vision problems and to improve eyesight. If your vision changes with time, we can even remove and replace the lens to adapt to your changing vision. The lens also contains a UV blocker, which protects eyes against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays.

What happens during the Visian ICL procedure?

This outpatient procedure is performed at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in about 20 to 30 minutes per eye. Unlike LASIK and PRK, only one eye can be done at a time.

During the procedure, our New York surgeon will create tiny incisions around the cornea to place the lens, which will lie between the eye’s lens and the iris. The lens is placed through these incisions behind the iris so it isn’t visible. After the surgery, you will need to use special eye drops as your eyes heal. It’s possible to see results as quickly as 24 hours after your surgery.

Who is a good candidate for Visian ICL?

Even if an eye doctor has told you that you aren’t an ideal candidate for LASIK you could be the perfect candidate for Visian ICL if you,

  • Are between the ages of 21 to 45

  • Have a prescription that has stayed the same for the last year

  • Have severe nearsightedness

  • Have thin corneas that aren’t ideal for LASIK surgery

Has an eye doctor told you that you aren’t a good candidate for LASIK? Want to find out if Visian ICL could be the right treatment for you? If so, turn to the experts at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York today.


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