About The Vision Center by Kaiser Permanente
Yes. Pre- and post-op examinations are conducted at Kaiser Permanente clinics.
The surgery is performed by Kaiser Permanente ophthalmic surgeons at a Kaiser-affiliated state-of-the-art laser center in Honolulu and at the Pan-Pacific Laser Inc, located at Nauru Tower 1330 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 10, Honolulu HI 96814.
No. We welcome both Kaiser Permanente members and non-members for our services.
Kaiser Permanente does not provide payment plans. Full payment is expected prior to the procedure.
You can pay for refractive surgery with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). If you’d like to use your FSA for this procedure next year, you will need to sign up during your company’s annual enrollment period this year. Check with your benefits administration or human resources department about your company’s specific program.
Every patient is different, but most experience improved vision on the first post-operative day. For the surface laser procedures, PRK and LASEK, recovery takes several days. It is recommended to avoid activities that may expose the eye to water or accidentally bumping or rubbing for the first week after surgery. Most patients return to work a few days after surgery.
I live on a neighbor island. How long do I have to stay on Oahu after I have the surgery? Where will I go for my follow-up examinations?
We recommend that refractive surgery patients stay on Oahu overnight and have their post-operative examination the following day before flying home. Additional follow up examinations can be performed at one of the Kaiser Permanente neighbor island eye clinics.
Most people see very well after their initial LASIK surgery, but for some patients, especially those with higher prescriptions, a second “enhancement” laser procedure can be performed to fine tune the vision. Your surgeon will discuss the benefits and risks of additional laser treatment.
Standard lenses are good for distance vision in patients without astigmatism. In addition to standard cataract lenses, premium cataract lenses are available. Premium cataract lenses (IOLs) can improve near and farsightedness. Some brands of premium IOLs are designed to reduce or eliminate astigmatism. Most patients will not need to wear glasses afterward, but this is not guaranteed in all cases.
Standard cataract lenses are covered by health plan. However, premium cataract lenses are an out-of-pocket expense, starting at $1,050 per lens. Full payment is expected prior to surgery.