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The Value in Seeing Clearly: 3 Benefits of LASIK

Posted on by Maria Afonso in Bense, Eyes, Vision

Quick, safe, and effective, LASIK has become one of the most popular methods in treating common eye conditions. If you are nearsighted, farsighted, have an astigmatism or glaucoma, LASIK might be for you! Here are 3 reasons why you should consider LASIK to permanently correct your vision:

Benefits of LASIK

  1. Glasses and Contact Lenses

If you have glasses or contact lenses then you know all too well that they can be a hassle. From itchy, red, irritated eyes to random blurs in vision, contact lenses can be quite uncomfortable. In addition they require routine cleaning and maintenance which, if you’re not an avid cleaner, can increase your risk of bacterial eye infections. In addition, remembering to take them out every night can be a real pain in the neck when you’re about fall asleep. Why not make your life easier by dropping the rules and responsibility of having contacts and get LASIK! With LASIK you can also forget about the frustration of losing or even breaking your glasses.

 

2.   Cost of Contact Lenses

The lifetime costs of contact lenses can be significantly more than the one time procedure required for LASIK (depending on factors such as your age and the type of lenses you require). Just think about the number of boxes of contact lenses you purchase a year. Bense Vision’s price match guarantee means if you spot a lower price advertised for LASIK, we’ll match it!

 

3.   Seeing Clearly

Did you know that over an average lifespan you see close to 24 million images. Don’t you want to see the world around you with the sharpest vision? In most cases, vision can be restored to 20/20 with LASIK. What could be more perfect than perfect vision! With the Bense Lifetime Satisfaction Plan if we are unable to correct your vision to 20/20 the first time, we offer free enhancements for life if you meet the requirements of the plan. Eligibility for the plan can be determined at your initial free consultation.
Have a question? Get in touch with one of our experts to have all your questions answered by professionals who have seen many eyes get better vision.


Bargain LASIK Fees: Are they for real?

Posted on by Bense in Bense

Believe it or not, about a 1/3rd of North American LASIK centres, and especially discount LASIK centres, still use a metal blade instead of a laser to create the LASIK flap, despite the fact that blade-free Femtosecond laser technology has been shown to be much safer, more predictable, and can achieve superior outcomes.

Dr. Bense is the only centre in Atlantic Canada that has an iFS Femtosecond laser (for the past several years). We have totally abandoned the use of outdated steel blades in all our LASIK surgeries several years ago despite the fact that Dr. Bense introduced bladed LASIK to Eastern Canada over a decade ago.

So, why would any laser centre today still offer this outdated blade technology that has been shown not to be as safe as blade-free technology? The answer should be obvious: cost. The price of a new Femtosecond laser exceeds $400,000, which does not include an annual maintenance fee of over $60,000. A new microkeratome that carries a steel blade used in discount LASIK surgery, costs less than $40,000, and there are no annual maintenance fees. A steel blade is around $50 and is used for cutting the flap in both eyes. This explains the magic of using cheaper technology that allows for significant savings to a laser centre, which offers this outdated technology with a microkeratome.

At Bense Vision, we acquired the first very latest, 5th generation blade-free IFS laser in Eastern Canada, which has a much faster (2.5X) speed of speed of 150 KHz. In addition, the new iFS technology can create a tailored flap of almost any configuration, which leads to a more stable flap position.

Our new iFS laser, is likewise used in our advanced KAMRA Corneal Insert procedure, which can replace reading glasses as well as in the FSAK procedure that gets rid of astigmatism in many situations.

Despite using cheaper technology, we have discovered that bladed LASIK procedures offered at some discount LASIK centres are priced but an average of only $100 – $200 cheaper than our safer and more advanced iFS blade-free iLASIK procedure.

So, are those ‘low’ advertised prices for real? Go find out for yourself.


Bense Vision offering KAMRA™ Corneal Inserts in St. John’s

Posted on by Bense in Bense

images1The most significant advance in presbyopia surgery in the past 100 years has been the development of the KAMRA™ Corneal Insert. We are proud to be one of the first centres in Canada to offer this incredible surgery with the AcuFocus™ presbyopia system. This system utilizes the small-aperture technology used in the KAMRA™ inlay. This is a very simple yet elegant approach to improve ones near vision whilst not affecting the distance vision in a significant way.

Using the AcuTarget Diagnostic Unit (ADU) to precisely measure the position and direction of the pupil centre and the corneal vertex (coaxial viewed light reflex) which is needed to accurately centre the corneal implant enhances the precision of the system. It automates many of the steps that were previously performed manually with a direct ophthalmoscope or the use of non-coaxial excimers. The precision of the laser allows for enhanced safety and excellent visual outcomes.

The AcuFocus KAMRA Corneal Insert® has a number of unique advantages over traditional presbyopia Surgery:

  1. No intraocularinvolvement
  2. Avoiding many of the traditional side-effects seen with LASIK and PRK
  3. Lower risk of infection
  4. Adjustable (centration) and removable
  5. Can be combined with other refractive surgeries or procedures
  6. Potential for clearer vision early postoperatively with very little adverse effect on ones distance vision
  7. No further adjustments needed with further aging

The AcuFocus KAMRA Insert is a revolutionary presbyopia treatment that is safe and precise. The advent of this technology has made it possible for more patients to seek treatment and obtain simultaneous clear near and far vision, including patients with astigmatism.

This technology can be applied to people who:

  • Have had previous cataract surgery and now need reading glasses
  • Have had previous LASIK/PRK surgery and now need reading glasses
  • Simply need reading glasses at age 40 years or beyond

To learn more about the KAMRA Insert surgery in St. John’s, contact Mike Bense, EyeMD at Bense Vision to schedule a complimentary comprehensive consultation.