A LASIK enhancement is a follow-up LASIK procedure that sometimes is performed if the outcome of your original vision correction surgery is unsatisfactory.
Enhancement procedures are performed at the discretion of your LASIK surgeon, they are based on your visual symptoms and ability to do and see the things you desired without dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Enhancements are additional surgical procedures and they require the addition of laser energy to the cornea and thus require a true medical necessity and should not simply done to just to see things a little better.
An enhancement is performed by lifting the original flap created during the LASIK procedure with a special spatula like instrument. There is usually no need to cut a new flap so the risks associated with creating the flap originally are not a factor in retreatment. Rarely a new flap may need to be created.
To determine whether you’re a good candidate for a LASIK enhancement, your eye doctor will re-evaluate your corneas with the same methods used prior to your first LASIK procedure.
The enhancement rate for Dr. Mark Mayo and Dr. Edward Wade is
How Much Does A LASIK Enhancement Cost?
LASIK enhancements at ECT are free if required within the first year of your original procedure. ECT also offers all LASIK patients a “Limited Lifetime Warrant” (at no additional cost)… which is a $400.00 per eye charge for an enhancement performed after your first year. To maintain your “Limited Lifetime Warranty” you must complete complete all your follow-up visits, and have an annual eye exam with ECT or with an ECT affiliated optometrist.
Most LASIK centers do not offer a warranty and in many cases patients are required to pay the full LASIK fee for an enhancement. It’s important when choosing a LASIK surgeon that you ask about policies and fees for enhancement procedures and the additional follow-up care needed if a LASIK enhancement is performed.