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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
June 25, 2019
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Cataract Surgery   Cataract  

Do I Need Cataract Surgery?

Finding out that you have cataracts is understandably concerning; you may be wondering if your vision will get worse and if it will impact the way that you live. Cataracts are a normal part of aging; about 37% of adults have them by the age of 70 and that number continues to rise with each year. Surgery is often recommended to patients with cataracts that are affecting their vision and ability to perform normal daily tasks. 

What are cataracts?

The eyes have several different structures that serve different purposes. The lens, a flexible, curved section of tissue, is one of the most important. The lens helps to focus light that enters your eye, so that the images you see are clear. If a cataract forms, it's because too much of a natural protein contained within the lens has collected in one area. The overall effect of cataracts can make it appear as though you're looking through fog or a dusty window. Cataracts can also cause double vision, dull colors, or produce a halo effect around lights. Noticeable cataracts primarily are seen in people over the age of 60. Although, people in their 40's and 50's may have development of small cataracts and not realize or be affected by it.

How can cataract surgery help?

Christopher T. Coad, MD, FACS is a board-certified ophthalmologist and founder of Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology. As a leader in laser and cataract procedures, Dr. Coad is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.). He has performed thousands of cataract and premium IOL procedures with a high success rate. 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.

Your New York Ophthalmologist will typically only recommend cataract surgery to patients whose daily activities, such as reading and driving, are affected by cataracts. If it is determined that you need cataract surgery, your natural lens will be removed during a brief outpatient surgical procedure and replaced with an artificial lens that will restore your vision. Cataract surgery is very safe and extremely common, with over three million procedures performed in the United States each year. Within a few weeks, your eye will be completely healed and you'll be seeing the world clearly again!

If you have further questions, or if you've noticed vision changes that haven't improved in a few days' time, contact Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York City, NY at (212) 220-0066 to schedule an examination. Don’t let cataracts dull your day; see the world vibrantly.

By Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology
June 17, 2019
Category: Ophthalmology
Tags: Cataracts  

According to the National Eye Institute, over half of all Americans will develop one or more cataracts by the age of 80. Cataracts are one of cataractsthe most common age-related eye problems, commonly occurring in older adults and seniors. However, cataracts can technically develop at any age. You can develop a cataract in one or both eyes, and treatment will depend on the severity and whether they are affecting your vision and quality of life. Dr. Christopher Coad MD, FACS, at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York, NY offers a number of treatment options, including cataract surgery, to help you see the world with clarity.

Cataract Surgery and Treatment in New York
Christopher T. Coad, MD, FACS is a board-certified ophthalmologist and founder of Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology. As a leader in laser and cataract procedures, Dr. Coad is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.). He has performed thousands of cataract and premium IOL procedures with a high success rate. 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.

What are cataracts?
Inside our eyes, we have a natural lens. This lens bends (refracts) the light rays that come into the eye which helps us to see the world. The lens should be clear, but a cataract is when the lens in one or both eyes becomes cloudy.

There are a few different types of cataracts, and while they can range in severity, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss and blindness around the world. Cataracts commonly start developing in adults over the age of 40. Once the lens has become cloudy, it can seem like you are looking through a dusty or foggy window. The world will then start to appear blurry or hazy.

Types of cataracts:

  • Subcapsular cataract (develops on the back of the lens)
  • Cortical cataract (develops on the periphery of the lens and move towards the center)
  • Nuclear cataract (develops in the center of the lens in the nucleus)

Cataract Symptoms
In the early stages of cataract formation, you may not be aware that you have cataracts because they are typically small at first and grow larger over time. One of the most common symptoms is blurred or cloudy vision, but the symptoms may vary depending on the type of cataract that you have. Other symptoms include:

  • Double vision
  • Hypersensitivity to light
  • Trouble seeing at night
  • Distorted vision
  • Colors appear faded and duller

Cataract Treatment
If your cataracts are not impairing your vision or causing symptoms, you may not require treatment until your vision is affected. Cataracts can be removed through an outpatient surgery, which involves removing the natural lens and replacing it with an implant.

For more information about cataract surgery and treatment for vision problems, contact Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York, NY by calling (212)-220-0066 to schedule an appointment today!

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Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology, PLLC
157 W 19th St.
New York, NY 10011

Phone:(212) 220-0066
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