- Find out the basic facts you need to know about LASIK eye surgery with this overview of the procedure from Discovery Fit & Health.
- Did you know that LASIK is effective for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism? Find out more about these refractive errors at the U.S. Library of Medicine.
- Learn more about the three different types of cataracts with this helpful article from Vision Aware.
- Read this article from the Mayo Clinic to find out more about the causes and symptoms of macular degeneration.
- Do you suffer from dry eyes? Read this article from the National Eye Institute and visit your eye doctor if you are one of the millions of Americans affected by this condition.
ICLs – intraocular contact lenses – can be life-changing. Once these implanted contacts are in place, you can enjoy the same vision you experienced with your glasses or traditional contacts, only without any of the required maintenance. ICLs are one of our top procedures at Gerstein Eye Institute—but why should you choose the procedure for yourself?
At Gerstein Eye Institute, the patient always comes first. Dr. Gerstein takes the time to develop a personalized treatment plan for all of our patients, so you can rest assured that your ICL procedure will be just what you need. We will work to achieve the perfect ICL prescription for you, or steer you in the direction of an alternative treatment, if it would better meet your needs.
You don’t have to live your life behind inconvenient glasses or contacts. Trust your vision to Gerstein Eye Institute. Call us at (773) 973-3223 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.
You probably know that LASIK surgery can improve your vision, but did you know it could save you money on your taxes? It’s true – your LASIK surgery could get you better vision and a bigger tax refund. How does surgery turn into a tax write-off? Here is what you need to know:
Medical Expenses and Taxes
Most taxpayers are unaware of the fact that medical expenses are usually tax-deductible. To deduct your medical expenses, you need to use Form 1040 Schedule A to itemize your expenses. There are only two guidelines to keep in mind. You can only deduct medical expenses that were more than 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Also, you can’t deduct medical expenses that were paid for by money from a flexible savings account, since you already are reaping tax benefits on those funds.
Deductible LASIK Expenses
The cost of your actual LASIK surgery isn’t the only part eligible for deduction—other aspects of the procedure are, too. You can deduct the money you spent getting to and from your surgery venue—either the gas you spent in your own car or the cost of a bus or train ticket. If you had to travel for your LASIK care, you can also deduct the cost of lodging and food for the duration of your stay. If any of your dependents had LASIK, you can deduct the cost of their surgery and associated expenses, too.
Additional Medical Write-Offs
Your LASIK surgery may open the door to deducting all of your other medical expenses for the year. If the cost of the surgery pushed you over the threshold of spending more than 7.5 percent of your AGI on medical costs, then all of your health expenses for the year become deductible, from check-ups to medications.
Invest in the future of your vision with LASIK surgery at Gerstein Eye Institute. Our eye surgeons also perform ICL, custom cataract implants, and other procedures. Schedule your appointment by calling (773) 973-3223.
What is it like to live life with perfect vision? In the past, if you developed a problem like nearsightedness or cataracts, your hope of living without glasses or contacts was over. However, now you have options. IOLs and ICL surgery are two ways people with vision problems can regain clear sight without the help of glasses or contacts. Could these procedures be right for you? Only your eye surgeon can tell you for sure if you are a good candidate for these procedures, but these facts can help you weigh your options:
IOL stands for intraocular lens. IOLs are implanted, artificial lenses used in patients after cataract removal surgery, and replace the glasses and special contacts that used to be required after that procedure. The IOL functions much like your natural lens and is made in a prescription that is specific to you, just like glasses and contacts. There are several different kinds of IOLs, including monofocal, toric, multifocal, and accommodative. Your eye surgeon will choose your IOL based on your vision. Occasionally, people with IOLs may need glasses for certain activities, depending on the type of lens used.
Intraocular contact lenses – or ICLs – are implanted contact lenses. Because the contact is implanted, there is no need to change it, clean it, or take it out before swimming. The lens itself is completely invisible and comfortable. ICLs are best suited to treating nearsightedness and may be appropriate for you if you’ve been told that you can’t have LASIK surgery. The main difference between IOLs and ICLs is your natural lens is not removed for ICLs. Instead, the lens is placed over your eye lens.
Experience perfect vision with a life-changing eye procedure at Gerstein Eye Institute. Our eye surgeons perform these procedures, plus LASIK and general eye care. Make caring for your vision a priority and schedule a consultation today by calling (773) 973-3223.
Whether you are considering LASIK eye surgery or you simply need an annual eye exam, Gerstein Eye Institute is here to meet your vision needs. Click on the links below to learn even more about common eye conditions and how an eye doctor can help you.
Visit the Gerstein Eye Institute online or call our office today at (773) 973-3223 to schedule an appointment with our experienced eye doctors and LASIK surgeons. We proudly serve the residents of Lincolnwood, Skokie, Evanston, and North Shore.
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