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LASIK Specialist

Nightingale Eye Associates -  - Ophthalmologist

Nightingale Eye Associates

Ophthalmologist & LASIK Surgeon located in Upper Westside, New York, NY

As a leading ophthalmologist in New York City, Dr. Nightingale is skilled in performing LASIK procedures aimed at helping patients at his Upper West Side office achieve clear vision, reducing and potentially eliminating the need for corrective lenses.

LASIK Details

What is LASIK?

LASIK stands for laser in situ keratomileusis, and it's a type of laser surgery that was developed to treat an array of refractive vision issues, including myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) and astigmatism. People with refractive errors have corneas that are slightly misshapen; LASIK corrects refractive errors by normalizing the shape of the cornea. LASIK has been successfully used to treat millions of people worldwide, helping them have clearer vision often without the need for corrective lenses. Although it's extremely popular, LASIK is not the only type of laser eye surgery, and it may not be ideal for all patients. Your eye exam will provide the information necessary to determine if LASIK is a good fit for you.

How is LASIK performed?

LASIK uses a special laser to reshape the cornea, the clear covering of your iris and pupil. The procedure begins by making a small flap in your cornea, providing access to the cornea's lower layers. The laser uses special software to map your cornea, then passes over the surface of your cornea to ablate, or remove, a very thin layer of material. Once the ablation is complete, the corneal flap is placed back over the treatment zone where it serves as a natural bandage during healing. The procedure is performed using special drops that anesthetize your eye so you won't feel anything during the procedure. The LASIK procedure is performed in the office on an outpatient basis, and you can return home soon afterward.

How will I feel after LASIK?

Once LASIK is complete, some patients experience an initial period of mild discomfort as the edge of the cornea heals. Special eye drops can help provide relief and prevent infection. Most patients experience significant improvement in their vision within the first day or two following their procedure.


Major Insurance Plans Accepted

Please take a look at the following list of plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross of California
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan