PROFESSIONAL, OFFICE, and PROCEDURE FEES
1. There is a one-time consultation fee. No office or exam charges after that.
2. There is an initial treatment fee which covers a first and second treatment (if needed).
3. For any 3rd, 4th, or subsequent ‘touch-up’ treatment (if any are needed) there is a reduced treatment fee.
4. Treatment fees are per eye.
NEW – DISCOUNTS OFFERED ON EVERY PROCEDURE FEE! READ BELOW.
5. Although we accept credit cards for payment, about 5% of that transaction goes to the banks for us to offer that service. We do not charge any additional fee for the use of credit cards, but we do offer a discount for payment with cash, personal or cashier’s checks (from American or Canadian bank accounts). Read through this page for specific details.
6. We do not finance treatments nor do we accept Care Credit or other pre-approved finance plans for medical procedures.
Read the detailed fee schedule information below for more information as well as pertinent information on medical insurance. There is no time limitation: A touch up treatment will always be a touch up treatment whether it is the next day, or a year or more later.
We are not an insurance-based practice. We have opted out of Medicare. That is, we do not submit your insurance information to your insurer and wait for their decision to pay. In addition, we do not “balance-bill” for the difference between what your insurer pays and our stated fees. We collect fees at the time of service. We will provide the documents you may need to submit the claim on your own. We can not provide advice as to whether your insurance company will pay for the procedure. See the page regarding insurance.
Payment may be made by cash, personal or cashier’s check (from US banks), or credit cards (VISA, MC, AMEX, DISCOVER). Debit cards can be used if they carry the VISA or MC logo.
INITIAL EXAMINATION FEE / CONSULTATION
$250.00 (one-time fee). No Discounts.
$250.00 for initial evaluation, consultation, slit-lamp examination and dilated examination of the retina and vitreous cavity. This initial fee is due regardless of whether laser is performed or not and whether evaluating one or both eyes. This thorough visit takes about 30-45 min. The goal is to assess the health of the eye and retina, to visualize the floater(s), and determine the “treatability” and prognosis for treatment success. We block off enough time at this visit to go ahead and treat if you wish. It is your choice.
STANDARD INITIAL TREATMENT FEE
$1,850.00 per eye for first two treatments (that is $1850.00 TOTAL for the first two treatments of an eye). For cash, check, or cashier’s check, the discounted fee is $1750.00.
Most treatments require about the same duration and effort: about 30-60 minutes of actual treatment time. Each laser burst is individually aimed, assessed for safety, and applied. The procedure requires sustained, intense concentration and meticulous attention to laser focus and awareness in a small 3-dimensional space. It is not automated or software-controlled.
SECOND TREATMENT OF SAME EYE
No charge, included in initial treatment fee
THIRD AND SUBSEQUENT TREATMENT OF SAME EYE
$400.00 per eye, per treatment session. For cash, check, or cashier’s check, the discounted fee is $380.00
Any subsequent treatments in the same eye will be charged a facility/laser fee at $400.00 per eye per session even though it requires about the same amount of time and effort as the initial treatment. Unlike some laser treatment specialists, we do not set an expiration time or date to the touch up fee. Whether you return 1 day or 1 year later for a touch up treatment, we will do so at this fee. As a general guideline, most floater treatments will require more than one treatment.
RETINAL / FLOATER DOCUMENTATION & PHOTOGRAPHY AND/OR ULTRASONOGRAPHY – No charge
We do not charge the patient for these procedures and interpretation if they are performed.
BUDGETING FOR TREATMENT / SETTING EXPECTATIONS:
We have found the majority of isolated floater material (such as with Weiss ring-type floaters) can eliminated in the first 1-2 treatments. Larger, diffuse, and cloud-like vitreal condensations may take 3-4 treatment sessions or rarely, several. Treatments can be performed on consecutive days, or spaced apart at the patient’s convenience. It is impractical to predict how many treatments it may take prior to examining the patient, and even then, it can be quite difficult.
FURTHER NOTES ON DISCOUNTS:
Businesses use a merchant services account to process credit cards. These companies, of course, charge for this convenience. The fees vary depending on whether you swipe the card in person, have an internet-based business, or are using a card with ‘perks’ such as points and miles earned, as examples. The bank service charge fees in my medical practice (on average) are about 5% per transaction. It would be unfair (and probably illegal) to charge extra for the convenience of using a credit card for payment, but we can offer a discount to those alternatively paying with personal checks, cashier’s checks, or cash for the medical procedures. We are offering discounts of over 5% when paying other than with a credit card or health savings account card with a VISA, AMEX, or MC, or Discover logo.