Flexible Spending Plan + LASIK

Flexible Spending McFarland Eye Care

Do you have a Flexible Spending Plan (FSA) through your workplace or employer? Many people have access to this account that allows you to set back money for health expenditures on a pre-tax basis without knowing it! This means that during your enrollment period, you can allot money for qualified medical procedures from your pay before taxes. When money is held back on a pre-tax basis, it means that the amount is not taxed at that time, giving you more money to spend on a qualified procedure (like LASIK). This is a useful tool when used to cover known expenses (like a planned procedure) or deductibles.  

As open enrollment season approaches, it’s a good idea to determine how much - if any - money to put back on a pre-tax basis for the upcoming year. It’s important to think this through, because often this money is not rolled over into the next year and must be spent in the year that it is set aside. Many people chose this time to schedule elective procedures such as LASIK so that this money does not go to waste. Or, you can elect to use it for cosmetic procedures or treatments such as Kybella.

These funds can also be used in conjunction with other payment methods (such as Care Credit) to pay for a procedure. If you are curious about using FSA funds for a procedure at McFarland Eye Care, let us know! We can help! 

Are You a Good Candidate for LASIK?


With February being Low Vision Awareness Month, now is the time to think about the benefits of LASIK surgery. If you have been a glasses or contact wearer for a while, can you imagine what it’s like to wake up and be able to see clearly? When considering LASIK or any procedure, it is best to consult your doctor and consider all the factors about the surgery.

LASIK is a type of refractive surgery that is performed using a pair of lasers to reshape the cornea of the eye so that the eye becomes more round or flat, depending upon your vision needs. LASIK is a procedure designed to correct common vision issues. It is a great option if you have an astigmatism or are nearsighted or farsighted. People with mild nearsightedness actually tend to have the most success after surgery.

One benefit of having LASIK surgery is not having to wear glasses or contacts, as well as improving your overall quality of life. Most patients recover quickly and are able to get back to doing the things they love with minimal downtime. Complications are very rare, but some side effects such as dry eyes or seeing halos around lights can occur. However, these usually tend to go away within a few weeks or months post procedure.

You must be 18 years old or older to have the procedure. Because your vision can change, it is best to have LASIK performed when you are older and your vision prescription has stopped changing. If you have other serious eye conditions such as glaucoma, retinal disease or cataracts, you may not be a great candidate. As with any procedure, there are risks, so it is best to consult with your doctor before making any decisions.  

Everyone’s eyes are different, so it is important to have a thorough examination administered by your doctor to assess if you are a good candidate. Knowing if you’re a great candidate for LASIK is the very first step in evaluating whether or not to get LASIK vision correction. You can find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK during a free LASIK evaluation at any of our four locations: Bryant, Hot Springs, Little Rock or Pine Bluff. Call us to schedule a consultation today at (501) 830-2020.