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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
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
June 10, 2019
Category: Ophthalmology

Find out if LASIK is exactly what you’ve been looking for to get better eyesight!

Wouldn’t it be great to wake up every day and see clearly without glasses or contact lenses?  If the answer is yes, consider laser vision correction at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology in New York, NY. Our laser vision surgeon, Dr. Christopher Coad MD, FACS, can help you determine whether LASIK is right for you.

What is LASIK?

If you want to correct your vision without needing to wear glasses or corrective lenses, then it might be time to consider LASIK. The LASIK procedure performed at Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology is known as iLASIK. The iLASIK procedure is a laser only procedure with no blades. iLASIK uses advanced laser technology by combining the IntraLase Method and Advanced CustomVue correction to correct your vision. What this means is that the procedure can correct most visual imperfections WITHOUT the use a blade, such as in older LASIK procedures. In fact, this is one of the safest ways to correct your vision.

What are the benefits of getting LASIK?

If you want to correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, then LASIK is a treatment that you may want to consider. During the procedure, our New York LASIK surgeon, Christopher Coad MD, FACS, will tailor the treatment to your specific needs and your unique eyes. LASIK will help you to see the world with clarity and with freedom from eyeglasses or contact lenses. LASIK is an investment in excellent vision and quality of life!

How does iLASIK work?

At Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology, we perform the most advanced LASIK procedure, called iLASIK. A comprehensive and thorough eye exam will be performed to determine candidacy for iLASIK. Once you pass the screening process, a customized blueprint of your eye will be mapped.

Advanced CustomVue correction uses the WavePrint system to painlessly measure and map the uniqueness of both of your eyes, right down to the minutest characteristics individual to you. This 3D mapping technology creates a blueprint (or fingerprint) of your eye. This blueprint will also be able to detect even the slightest issues so that we can create a customized treatment that fits your specific needs and visual aberrations.

Then, a cool beam of laser light is used to gently reshape the surface of the eye (the cornea), to painlessly correct your vision with our precise laser technology.

If you are interested in finding out whether LASIK is right for you, take the first step in seeing the world with clarity! Call Chelsea Eye Ophthalmology at (212) 220-0066 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Christopher Coad, our Castle Connolly Top Doctor and New York Super Doctor. Clear vision is a call away!


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

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