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LASIK co-management

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LASIK co-management

Lasik (Laser-Assisted in situ Keratomileusis), commonly referred to as “laser eye surgery”, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), and astigmatism.

Lasik is performed by an ophthalmologist who uses a laser to reshape the eye’s cornea in order to improve visual acuity.

While none of our ophthalmologists perform Lasik surgery, all of our providers participate in co-management of Lasik surgery.

Co-management entails the evaluation of your eyes preoperatively to determine if you are a good candidate for Lasik surgery (or one of its variations), obtaining all of the necessary measurements that your refractive surgeon will need and assisting in setting up your surgery appointment with a refractive surgeon.  After you have had your surgery, your surgeon will return your postoperative care over to the co-managing physician.  The co-managing physician will continue your postoperative care, and report your progress to your surgeon.  You will remain in the care of your co-managing physician unless an issue arises that you need to see your surgeon for again.

In most cases, the cost of your postoperative care is covered by the cost of your surgery.  Our office will collect our fee for postoperative care from the office of your surgeon, unless other arrangements need to be made based on the co-management agreement with that office.

Klamath Falls does not have any ophthalmologists that perform Lasik surgery, with the closest surgeons practicing in the Rogue Valley and Bend.  The advantage of allowing our physicians take part in your surgery is to limit your out-of-town travel to visit your surgeon.  Typically Lasik surgery involves 5-8 appointments, when you factor in your preoperative visit, surgery, and postoperative follow-ups.

Co-management also allows you the comfort of having the eye care physician that you know, and that knows you, assist you in a making the correct surgical choice for your vision and lifestyle.

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