Experience the ICON Difference for LASIK and GO SEE THE World Clearly
Your eyes are important, and they deserve the very best care and attention. Feel comfortable, confident and happy with your decision and the level of care you’ll receive before, during and after LASIK with ICON Eyecare.
ICON's surgeons have performed more than 200,000 LASIK and PRK procedures in Colorado since 1999. ICON’s Eyecare surgeons are board certified and many are fellowship trained. Further, they stay up to date with their training in the U.S. and Europe to ensure that they maintain the latest techniques and research in refractive medicine to provide patients with the best care and outcomes possible. The volume of LASIK surgeries performed at ICON Eyecare facilities ensures that ICON's doctors have extensive experience in a vast range of circumstances and situations, which contributes to the best possible surgical outcomes. ICON's years of experience and thousands of satisfied patients should give you peace of mind that you and your eyes are receiving world class care. Patients have traveled across the United States and internationally to receive the best LASIK and eye care possible through ICON Eyecare.
What LASIK costs
The cost of LASIK is determined by your vision correction prescription at the time of your free LASIK consultation. ICON Eyecare works hard to provide state-of-the-art LASIK options and offers a range of financing options to help make LASIK in Denver affordable for everyone.
ICON Eyecare's advanced surgical eye care team is one of the most affordable LASIK surgical teams. Find out more about the cost of LASIK at ICON.
The best LASIK technology
ICON Eyecare is committed to owning and using the most advanced eye care and LASIK technology to achieve the optimal vision results. ICON also has the latest LASIK technology and equipment available all in one location in the United States. ICON was the first LASIK eye provider in Colorado to have the all-laser Victus and Nidek CATZ topography LASIK lasers. ICON Eyecare has also invested in highly advanced pre-op diagnostic tools, including dry eye testing, and Wavefront analysis and seven laser platforms, to help our doctors get a full understanding of your unique situation and recommend the best course of action. ICON Eyecare owns every LASIK laser that the surgeons at ICON use. By owning the lasers, ICON ensures it always has the best technology and tools available. Owning instead of leasing also enables ICON to pass on savings to patients resulting in a lower LASIK surgery cost for maintaining the best treatment technology available anywhere. When it comes to your eyes and correcting your vision, ICON doesn’t compromise. With all the experience and technology that ICON offers on LASIK surgery and eye care, you can be sure you and your eyes are getting the very best care when you choose ICON for your LASIK eye surgery!
How Does LASIK Work?LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) vision correction is used to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. The LASIK surgery is performed as a quick and simple outpatient procedure. LASIK is essentially a quick and simple 3-step process:
- A thin flap of corneal tissue is painlessly created using a laser or a device known as a microkeratome.
- Once the flap is made and the underlying corneal tissue (stroma), is exposed, the laser reshapes the cornea using a laser light.
- Then, the flap is repositioned and the procedure is complete.
Range of Corrections with LASIK Surgery
LASIK eye surgery can be used to easily correct a wide range of near and distance vision problems. This makes LASIK an excellent treatment choice for nearsighted or farsighted patients.
- Nearsightedness can be corrected up to 10 diopters (the measurement unit that gauges the magnifying power of the lens of your eye).
- Farsightedness can be corrected up to 4 diopters.
- Astigmatism can be corrected up to 6 diopters.
A LASIK consultation is required prior to eye surgery to determine if LASIK is the best vision correction procedure for you. This initial appointment is a full eye exam using advanced diagnostic tools and dilation. Some of the things ICON Eyecare considers when determining if LASIK surgery is right for you are:
- Corneal shape and thickness
- Pupil size
- Dry eye testing
- Wavefront analysis
We prefer to work closely with your current primary optometrist for continuity of care to ensure you’re getting the best, most comprehensive and consistent care possible and to make sure you’re comfortable with the LASIK process. You will have the convenience of post ops at your optometrist's office. Ask your eye doctor to refer you to ICON Eyecare.
Are You a Candidate for LASIK?
The only way to definitely determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery is with a thorough LASIK consultation at an ICON office. There are no vision testing apps or online vision tests that can replace an in-person LASIK consultation with an optometrist or ophthalmologist. This initial appointment is a full eye exam using advanced diagnostic cameras and tests in addition to dilation. Some of the factors that go into determining candidacy are prescription, age, corneal shape and thickness, pupil size, dry eye testing, and Wavefront analysis. Schedule an appointment now There are also important personal factors that determine if you are the right fit and a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. Patient’s who make good candidates for LASIK are those:
- with near and/or distance vision problems
- with healthy eyes
- with realistic expectations for surgery and improved vision
- whose prescription hasn’t changed in at least one year
- who would prefer to live life without glasses and/or contacts
- who are 18 years of age or older, with the exception of patients with Refractive Amblyopia
- who are concerned with the safety of long-term contact lens wear
- who feel better vision would enhance their career opportunities especially those pursuing careers in law enforcement, firefighting, martial arts, military and construction work
- who use a computer regularly
Recovering from LASIK
LASIK is typically a low-pain procedure and you can expect to quickly return to your normal routine.
Many patients see an immediate improvement in their eyesight that continues to improve over the next few days and weeks. Despite this initial improvement you will need to arrange for a ride home as vision is typically too blurry to safely drive immediately after surgery. It’s recommended that you sleep for a few hours following your LASIK procedure. After this nap you can resume normal activities such as watching TV and using a computer or mobile device.
Eye drops are typically prescribed for one week following LASIK eye surgery. Your first post-op appointment will be the following day and additional appointments may be recommended by your surgeon.
Most patients are able to return to work within 24 hours following their LASIK eye surgery. For the first two weeks patients are asked to not take rigorous showers, avoid swimming pools, refrain from wearing eye makeup and stay away from dusty, dirty environments. It’s common for eyes to be itchy and watery while healing from LASIK surgery. Reading can sometimes be troublesome for the first week.
Yes, Same Day LASIK Surgery is Available
Same day LASIKconsultation and surgery is available at all ICON Eyecare offices. In order to be eligible for same day LASIK eye surgery, patients are required to:
- stop wearing contact lens at least one week prior to the appointment.
- allow 3-4 hours between the consultation and LASIK surgery due to dilation.
- arrange a driver (or Uber) for after the procedure
- return to the LASIK surgery center the following morning for a one-day post-op procedure
LASIK Patient TestimonialsRead just a few of ICON's patient testimonials.
Common Questions about LASIKLASIK vision correction surgery has been available for years, but that doesn’t mean patients don’t still have common and important questions. ICON Eyecare has put together a comprehensive LASIK Q&A page to answer some of the most common and frequently asked LASIK questions. This LASIK FAQ page answers questions like:
- How quickly can I return to normal activities after LASIK?
- Can I have LASIK on both eyes on the same day?
- Does LASIK hurt?
- Will LASIK effect my night vision
- And many more
The Risks and Potential Side Effects of LASIK
As with any elective surgery, there are some risks to LASIK. Some, but not all, of the risks associated with LASIK eye surgery, include:
- Pain: Most patients feel little to no discomfort following LASIK eye surgery, however a slight to moderate amount of pain is possible. In some cases pain-reducing eye drops or medications may be necessary and will be prescribed by your doctor.
- Subconjunctival Hemorrhages: Spots of blood on conjunctiva (the white of the eye) may appear in the first few days after LASIK surgery and usually disappear in one to three weeks.
- Light sensitivity: Light sensitivity is quite common following LASIK eye surgery. Usually, this is a mild sensitivity and can be improved with the use of sunglasses. Light sensitivity is generally most intense for the first 48 hours after surgery, however in some cases it can persist for longer periods after LASIK.
- “Watery” Eyes: Watering of the eyes is a common occurrence after LASIK surgery and is usually limited to the first 48-72 hours after the procedure. In rare cases, excessive watering may interfere with activities such as driving.
- Loss of best-corrected vision: In some cases your vision may not stay as good as when the LASIK procedure was initially performed, for example, if there is a wrinkling of the flap and can be permanent in some cases.
- Dry Eye Syndrome: Dry Eye Syndrome can occur following LASIK surgery and can be temporary or permanent. If over-the-counter lubricating drops are not working your doctor may recommend punctal plugs, serum tears or prescription therapy.
- Blurred Vision: Blurred vision can occur after LASIK eye surgery and in the early post-operative healing period.
- Regression, Under-Correction or Over-Correction: While LASIK surgery is a highly successful procedure, it is not a 100 percent accurate procedure. Each patient’s unique experience and outcome will differ. It is impossible to accurately predict how each individual’s eyes will react to surgery and under-correction or over-correction of vision can occur. Additionally, some patients may experience regression following LASIK surgery and can result in the need to wear glasses, contact lenses or a LASIK enhancement.
- Flap Striae: “Wrinkling” of the flap can form after the flap created on your eye during the LASIK procedure is repositioned. Rubbing of the eye or flap trauma can cause this wrinkling. Most cases of Striae do not affect visual acuity, however, it is a possibility.
- Presbyopia: The necessity for reading or near vision glasses is referred to as Presbyopia and is a natural result of the aging process. As patients get older it is likely that glasses, contact lenses or a LASIK enhancement will be required, particularly if they underwent LASIK surgery at a younger age..
- Corneal Ectasia: Corneal Ectasia is progressive steepening and thinning of the cornea. Patients who experience Corneal Ectasia may require glasses, contact lenses and in some extreme cases donor corneal tissue. Corneal Ectasia may also appear in patients who have not had LASIK surgery.
- Glare, Halos and other visual symptoms: Glare and/or halos, specifically at nighttime, can be common after LASIK surgery. For most patients, these symptoms are mild and will dissipate over time. In some rare cases glare and halos can be severe enough to require the use of medicated eye drops.
- Diffuse Lamellar Keratitis (or Sands of Sahara): DLK is the sterile accumulation of inflammatory cells in the lamellar interface. It is also called Sands of Sahara due to its white, granular appearance. Mild non-threatening cases are more common, however in rare circumstances severe and/or vision-threatening cases can occur. Mild DLK can be resolved with prescription steroid drops. Lifting and irrigating the LASIK flap may resolve severe cases.
- Infection: As with any surgery, infection can occur after a LASIK procedure so it is important to follow the post-operative care outlined by your surgeon. Should an infection occur, lengthy treatment may be required.
- Corneal Scarring: Corneal scarring may occur after LASIK eye surgery and in some severe cases may cause partial vision loss or a decrease in best-corrected vision.
- Epithelial Ingrowth: Epithelial, or surface cells, can grow between the layers of corneal tissue in the flap after LASIK surgery. In most cases, Epithelial Ingrowth is undetectable to the patient and does not affect vision. In some rare cases Epithelial Ingrowth can interfere with vision and need to be removed.
- Prolonged or Abnormal Surface Healing: Prolonged or abnormal surface healing can occur after LASIK eye surgery and may take several days or weeks to fully heal. This can reduce visual acuity.
- Ptosis: Ptosis, or drooping of the upper eyelid can be common after LASIK. Cases of Ptosis are generally mild and will resolve themselves. In severe cases, minor eyelid surgery may be necessary.
LASIK Surgery: What is the Process?
A LASIK eye consultation is required and is the first step to LASIK vision correction eye surgery. This appointment will determine if LASIK is a good fit for your eyes. FREE LASIK consultations are available at all ICON locations. Schedule an appointment now The initial LASIK consultation generally takes approximately one hour. At your consultation for your LASIK eye surgery, ICON’s optometrist will perform the evaluation, answer any questions that you have, discuss your LASIK options and provide you with a price quote for the cost of LASIK surgery. Please call us at (720) 524-1001 to schedule your free LASIK consultation or book online today!
How Much does LASIK Cost at ICON?
One of the top questions we are asked at ICON is: How much does LASIK cost? ICON’s LASIK surgery prices depend on a number of factors: Your prescription, lifestyle, eye health and more. Because every person’s eyes are unique to them, there is no one-size-fits-all LASIK and therefore, no one-size-fits-all-price. Details of pricing, applicable discounts and financing will all be discussed openly at your free LASIK consultation.
Each patient begins the process of LASIK surgery with a FREE LASIK consultation to determine candidacy and price of LASIK. ICON offers financing through Care Credit. Approved patients will pay no interest for 12 months, as long as the borrowed amount is paid in full by the end of the 12 months. After you schedule your consultation, an ICON patient counselor will walk you through the process.
Starting the LASIK Process
Having LASIK vision correction surgery changes lives and allows patients to shed expensive glasses and contacts. ICON Eyecare is a trusted provider of successful LASIK outcomes. Our dedication to top patient care, experienced surgeons and the most advanced technology offers ICON LASIK patients peace of mind and the best personalized surgery outcomes available.
Beginning your journey to better vision is easy, simply schedule your FREE LASIK consultation with ICON Eyecare today.Schedule an appointment now