LASIK

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! 

Hometown Hero Receives the Gift of Sight

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Pine Bluff Firefighter, Sven Hipp won our LASIK hero giveaway two years ago. We recently listened to Sven talk about how LASIK impacted his entire life. It was such a wonderful story, we wanted to share it with all of you.

LASIK changed Sven’s life for the better. From a young age, Sven always had trouble with his vision. As he grew older, it continued to decline. Without contacts, Sven couldn’t see his hand in front of his face. He continued to battle with poor vision, trying to make it by using glasses and contacts. He eventually chose a career as a Pine Bluff firefighter. Being a firefighter means being ready to rescue, defend and protect at all hours. As you can imagine, waking up in the middle of the night to fight a fire was not a good time to be dealing with dry eyes and contacts. Glasses were out of the question because he couldn’t get a seal on his SCBA mask while wearing them. At this point, Sven’s poor vision was becoming not just an annoyance, but a serious handicap.

Every time there is an emergency, Sven only has two minutes or less to be on the truck. When the alarm sounds, there is no time to search for contacts or eye drops. Being able to see clearly was vital for him because he is a driver. He would hope and pray he wouldn't blink out his contacts because his eyes were so dry. He recalled that sometimes he’d be driving to the fire with one eye closed and one eye open. His fellow firefighters would take one look at him and say, “Oh man, I hope we make it.” Often, when they would reach the fire, Sven would get water in his face and sweat in his eyes which worsened his vision even while wearing his contacts. The contacts and glasses were becoming more of a hassle than a help to Sven.

Finally, Sven hit his breaking point. He had considered getting LASIK several times but couldn’t afford it. As fate would have it, we were running our first ever LASIK Hero contest for free LASIK Surgery at that very time. Sven immediately entered the Facebook Hero contest and got to work. The contest winner was chosen by the most number of likes given to an entry. Sven called, texted, tagged and shared the contest with everyone he knew to try to get likes on his entry. The day the contest ended, it all proved to be worth it. Sven had won.

Since the third grade, poor vision and wearing glasses or contacts was his way of life. But now the burden of all this has been lifted. Now he no longer worries about purchasing new frames, his lenses getting scratches, water or mist making it difficult to see, cleaning his lenses and going in and out from hot to cold and his lenses fogging over. He no longer has the hassle or distraction of contacts and dry eye. He didn't realize how much of an inconvenience those things were, but now that he has had LASIK he realizes how much easier life is. Just the other day he was cleaning out his truck and found spares of solution and contact cases that he kept on hand and was happy to be reminded he doesn’t need them anymore. For Sven, it’s a major difference. It’s hard for him to even explain it. Like he said, “glasses are a way of life. You only get one pair of eyes but with the LASIK procedure, you get a chance to start over.”

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Dr. Newbolt performed his LASIK surgery shortly after the contest. Sven’s experience was quick and painless and he says not nearly as stressful as competing for the giveaway! Getting LASIK has been a drastic change and he wishes everyone who struggles with glasses or contacts could do it.

If you are on the fence, Sven would tell you, “Just do it. If you can afford to do it, there is absolutely no reason why you should be hesitant to do it. I have no after effects, no halos at night, no pain, no blurriness. The whole process is over in minutes and it changes the rest of your life. I am forever indebted to McFarlands. I’ll keep spreading the word and being their walking billboard because of what they’ve done for me.”

Look out for more of Sven’s story on tv and radio! This is why we do what we do here at McFarlands. We are so blessed to be a part of Sven’s story and love hearing and sharing how much this has changed his life and his job. Do you know a hero worthy of winning LASIK? Enter our Facebook contest here. Rules are listed on our Facebook post.  

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As a way of giving back to those like Sven who give so much to us, we have established a HERO Program, which offers LASIK and other Refractive Surgery at substantial savings. This is not a special offer which "expires soon." It is an ongoing expression of appreciation from McFarland Eye Care to all those who serve. Click here to learn more. 

Honoring Our Heroes

The HERO Program

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At McFarland Eye Care, we appreciate those who put their lives on the line for us - both at home and overseas - and are the first to help our communities in the event of an emergency. 

As a way of giving back to those who give so much to us, we have established a HERO Program, which offers LASIK and other Refractive Surgery at substantial savings. This is not a special offer which "expires soon." It is an ongoing expression of appreciation from McFarland Eye Care to all those who serve. 

Our HERO Program includes:

  •  EMTs
  • Army Reserve
  • Active Military
  • National Guard
  • Law Enforcement (Local, County, State and FBI)
  • Firefighters (City and Volunteer Fire Departments)

Our HERO Program results in savings of $675 per eye for LASIK. Similar special pricing applies to Clear Lens Exchange procedures.

Our heroes should bring their qualifying ID at time of their FREE LASIK/ Refractive evaluation.

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Are You a Good Candidate for LASIK?

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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.