LASIK Eye Surgery in San Francisco

LASIK eye surgery has become the most popular refractive procedure of all time and is the vision correction procedure of choice for refractive surgeons the world over. LASIK combines the precision of the excimer laser delivery system with the benefit of a sophisticated surgical instrument known as a femtosecond laser. LASIK eye surgery is performed under anesthetic eye drops. The femtosecond laser is used to create an extremely thin corneal flap microns thick, which is opened like the page of a book. The excimer laser is then used to sculpt ultra-thin layers of the remaining cornea to change its shape.

By changing the shape of the cornea, treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism is possible for the appropriate eye. After the laser treatment, the flap is returned back to its original position and adheres without the use of stitches. The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes for both eyes. There are two types of LASIK eye surgery, Standard LASIK and Wavefront-guided LASIK (formerly known as Custom LASIK). 

LASIK Costs

Our practice is founded on the principles of service, quality and experience. While some Laser Vision Correction providers may offer highly discounted rates, many do not include the comprehensive, personalized service found at our practice. We do charge a $50 consultation fee due to the time-intensive nature of the visit and the diagnostic tests we routinely run to make sure you are a good candidate. However, if you choose to have surgery, we will apply that fee towards the total cost of the procedure.  Our fees include not only the cost of the procedure, but all post-operative visits, a post-operative kit, and any potential re-operations within 1 year. Your eyesight is precious and deserves the best care possible!  

We strive to be upfront with our fees for patients who are seriously considering laser vision correction.

  • All-laser Wavefront-Guided (or "Custom") LASIK:  $5800 for both eyes
  • Conventional LASIK:  $4800 for both eyes

Compare this to what you would spend each year on glasses/contacts, and you can see why we think it's a great investment.

  • Glasses/contacts:  $500/year, or $10,000 over 20 years

Insurance plans do not usually cover the cost of LASIK or PRK.  However, we offer CareCredit, a credit card program that offers interest-free financing for up to 12 months for any eye-related medical procedures. Qualifying for CareCredit takes only a few minutes and is typically instant. We also accept Flexible spending account (FSA) and health spending account (HSA) plans to help you pay for the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions about LASIK

Q. What are some of the benefits of Laser Vision Correction?
A. Some of the benefits of Laser Vision Correction are:

  • Decreased dependency on glasses or contacts
  • Convenience with travel and recreational activities
  • No hassle with contact solutions, glasses, clip-ons, etc.
  • Clear, natural vision

Q. Are there risks?
A. Like all surgeries, LASIK surgery has risks and these should always be considered in the decision making process. Dr. Tan will discuss these with you. Be certain to ask if you have specific questions.

Q. How do I find out if I'm a candidate?
A. Poor refractive surgery outcomes can be avoided by identifying risk factors up front before they compromise results. Come in for a comprehensive screening at one of our conveniently located offices. We can evaluate your eyes and discuss any questions you may have.

Q. How long will it take me to heal after Laser Vision Correction procedures?
A. Because of the cornea's extraordinary natural bonding qualities, healing is rapid. Most people are able to drive and return to work the next day. However, the cornea continues to heal and vision becomes sharper over the course of 2-4 weeks after surgery.

Q. Does the procedure hurt?
A. No, there is typically no pain at all. During the LASIK procedure the patient will feel some pressure but the eye will be anesthetized with eye drops.

Q. Will I be awake during the procedure?
A. Yes. Patients will need to fixate on a target light during the procedure. Dr. Tan offers patients the option of taking an anti-anxiety medication 30 minutes before getting the procedure done to make the experience more comfortable.

Q. How long does it take?
A. LASIK generally takes about 10 minutes to do for each eye.

Q. How long does the effect of the procedure last?
A. This is a permanent procedure and results are usually lifelong. However, in some patients, there can be mild "regression" over time, which could require an enhancement or "touchup" to be done later on.