MHBP has joined with QualSight LASIK to bring you savings of 40% to 50% off the national average price for Traditional LASIK along with large savings on procedures such as Custom Bladeless (all laser) LASIK.*
Included in the total cost are your pre-screen appointment, the procedure, all post-operative appointments, and a one-year assurance plan. Lifetime plans are available with participating providers. LASIK is life-changing and now it's affordable too.
QualSight provides a managed Laser Vision Correction (i.e. Traditional and Custom LASIK, PRK, and IntraLase “bladeless” technologies) Program through a national network of credentialed and experienced LASIK surgeons. These physicians have performed more than 4 million procedures. QualSight has been providing LASIK savings since 2003 and now serves over 75 million health plan members.
LASIK is an outpatient treatment that uses a laser (a cool beam of light) to gently reshape the front surface of the eye (the cornea). Reshaping the cornea redirects the light angle as it enters the eye to refocus correctly on the retina. This allows images to be more sharply focused. Vision recovery is rapid, and there is little or no post-operative pain. With LASIK surgery, you should be much less dependent on glasses and contact lenses
Traditional and Custom LASIK both treat moderate to severe refractive disorders, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. For both Traditional and Custom LASIK, your surgeon uses a surgical instrument called a microkeratome blade to create a thin flap to access your cornea. With Traditional LASIK, a series of tests are performed to obtain your prescription. Your doctor will use this prescription to correct your eyes. If 5 people have the exact same prescription Traditional would treat all 5 the same because their prescription is the same. With Custom LASIK, in addition to all the exams performed for Traditional LASIK your doctor will acquire a 3-dimensional picture of your eye and use this picture to help guide the laser in re-shaping the front part of the eye (the cornea). Because your doctor will use the 3-dimensional data as well as all the tests to obtain your prescription, your surgeon can customize the LASIK procedure to your unique visual requirements. With custom LASIK even if 5 people have the exact same prescription, they will be treated differently because your surgeon will utilize the individual 3-dimensional image of your eye. Depending on your prescription and eye shape, your doctor will be able to determine which type of treatment is best for your individual condition.
With IntraLase (Bladeless) LASIK, the surgeon uses a laser to create the corneal flap instead of the microkeratome blade. This technology enables the surgeon to customize the corneal flap for each individual patient. The remainder of the surgery is the same as Traditional LASIK or Custom LASIK. Recent studies conducted on IntraLase technology suggest it may be possible to treat those who were previously unable to have LASIK surgery due to thin corneas.
Yes, LASIK has been FDA approved to effectively treat astigmatism as well as nearsightedness and farsightedness. LASIK was approved in 2007 to correct presbyopia (when the small print begins to blur) with Monovision LASIK; this procedure corrects one eye for distance and the other eye for reading. Patients will want to discuss options with their physician to determine which procedure is best for their vision correction need.
Through the QualSight network, Traditional LASIK surgery is $895 per eye, and Custom LASIK $1,320 per eye. IntraLase (Bladeless) LASIK is available through participating providers for an additional $450 per eye, whether performed with Traditional or Custom LASIK.
This low price is usually only available to very few people (typically less than 5%). This is because it is a starting point and is only available to people with very minor prescriptions. The price then increases for those with higher prescription levels. In addition, most offices will charge separately for the pre-operative evaluation and follow-up visits. The national average price for LASIK is over $2000 per eye. The QualSight LASIK program is all-inclusive with no hidden fees and represents a savings of 40% to 50% off the national average price of Traditional LASIK.
Schedule your initial appointment with QualSight by calling toll-free at 877-306-2010. A QualSight Care Manager will register your call, do a ZIP code search for providers in your area, and answer your questions. Once you have selected a provider in your area, the Care Manager will schedule your appointment at the doctor’s office with you on the phone. QualSight, Inc. 945 W. George Street, Chicago, IL 60657 877-306-2010 Serving you with Choice, Quality and Savings www.qualsight.com/-mhbp
QualSight will collect a partial payment of up to $550 (a $50 fee at the time of scheduling and a $500 charge after the pre-operative appointment if you decide to have surgery), payable by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) or by personal check. This partial payment is deducted from the total amount due for your surgery with the balance collected on the day of the surgery by the doctor’s office. In the event you do not proceed with LASIK, for any reason, QualSight will refund your entire partial payment.
The partial payment holds your appointment and confirms your eligibility for QualSight pricing with your doctor’s office. The partial payment is not an extra charge and will be deducted from your total procedure price. If you don’t qualify for LASIK, or choose not to have the surgery for any reason, your partial payment is fully refundable through QualSight.
Yes, we accept personal checks, Telecheck® and money orders. We also offer financing through GE CareCredit®, which enables you to finance your procedure payment at 0% interest for up to twelve months or select an extended payment plan with minimum payments as low as $52 per month*.
All of our doctors are experienced surgeons who use FDA-approved technology. They have been credentialed according to national quality standards by an impartial third party called VerifPoint. QualSight has also collected their professional and educational history for you. When you call QualSight, you will be given a choice of approved doctors that participate in your area.
Yes. Contact lenses can change the shape of your cornea for up to several weeks after you have stopped using them. If you don’t leave your contact lenses out long enough for your cornea to return to its natural shape before surgery, it can lead to an inaccurate correction. Each physician has their own advice for contact lens removal, but at a minimum, we recommend you remove your soft contacts one week prior to your initial appointment and your hard contacts for several weeks. Your Care Manager will assist you with this process.
Expect to be at the doctor’s office for one to two hours. Your physician will test your eyes for your prescription and uncover any medical problems. Your eyes may be dilated, and they will scan your eyes to get a 3-dimensional image of the shape of your eyes.
The procedure lasts only seconds; however, the entire surgical visit can take up to two hours. Your laser treatment is specifically designed by your surgeon based on measurements gathered at the pre-operative exam. Make sure you schedule a one-day follow up appointment. Remember to ask your doctor or technician any questions you or your family may have. You’ll be required to have a person drive you home after your procedure.
Your total charge will include a pre-operative appointment, the LASIK procedure, up to four post-operative appointments (usually scheduled for one day, one week, one month and three months after surgery) and a One-Year Assurance Plan which will cover any enhancements within the first year. During this first year, if you need an enhancement, or “touch-up,” the cost will range from $110 to $330 (laser manufacturer fee) per eye, depending on the procedure.
You may be able to buy the Lifetime Assurance Plan where retreatments are performed at no cost after the first year. Provider participation may vary.
Call QualSight at 877-306-2010 for more information on MHBP’s vision discount program or to schedule an appointment. You can also find a QualSight LASIK provider anytime.
Please note: The QualSight program is not an insured benefit. The QualSight LASIK program is available to members to provide access to QualSight preferred pricing for LASIK surgery. Members are responsible for all costs of LASIK services.
*These benefits are neither offered nor guaranteed under contract with the FEHB Program, but are made available to all enrollees and family members who become members of the MHBP.