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What is Nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness (myopia) occurs when the curvature of the cornea is too steep. The focus of the rays of light that enter the eye fall short of the retina. The result is objects in the distance are blurry.

What is Farsightedness?

Farsightedness (hyperopia) occurs when the focus of light rays fall behind the retina. The result is near objects are blurry.

What is Astigmatism?

Astigmatism can exist alone or in combination with nearsightedness or farsightedness. With this condition the cornea of the eye becomes oval shaped, like football, instead of round, causing distortion when the eye tries to focus.

How Much Do Corrective Procedures Cost?

Please contact a Patient Counselor to discuss the current pricing for the various procedures. Many patients take advantage of our financing options. We also accept cash, personal checks and major credit cards.

Will My Insurance Cover a Vision Correction Procedure?

Please check with your individual company, but vision correction procedures are typically not covered by insurance. Full payment will be required when you check in for surgery.

Do the Procedures Hurt?

No, these procedures do not hurt. Some patients may experience some minor discomfort during the first 12 -24 hours after laser vision correction but this discomfort is usually relieved by taking Tylenol.

How Long Will I be Off Work Following LASIK?

Most people can return to work the next day after their procedure. During your screening, the Patient Counselor will discuss these options with you.

Does it Really Work?

Yes, vision correction procedures are being performed around the world. Over 98% of patients who have a procedure obtain normal vision, and many others are happy to lessen their dependence on glasses or contact lenses.

How Long Have You Been Performing Refractive Surgery?

Dr. Stewart Van Horn has been performing refractive procedures since completing his Refractive Fellowship in 1998.

How Many Vision Correction Procedures Have You Performed?

The surgeons at the Laurel Eye Clinic have performed over 20,000 vision correction procedures.

What Percentage of Vision Correction Patients Are Able to See (Without Glasses or Contacts) 20/40 or Better?

98% -99% of patients of the Laurel Eye Clinic are corrected to 20/40 or better.

Are There Patients Who Are Not Condidates for Vision Correction?

The surgeons at the Laurel Eye Clinic only do surgery after a patient has completed all preoperative testing and has successfully met the criteria for a vision correction procedure. Once testing is done, the doctor will discuss your options with you. Our philosophy is to do what is best for the patient. If you are not a LASIK candidate, you may be an ideal candidate for another vision correction procedure. The Laurel Eye Clinic offers a “menu” of vision correction options.

Is the Laser and Equipment You Will Use Specifically Approved by the FDA for the Recommended Procedure?

The Laurel Eye Clinic uses an FDA approved laser, the Bausch & Lomb laser. This is the most advanced vision correction laser in the United States and has been proven to give the best quality laser vision correction.

When Will I Receive a Copy of Your Informed Consent?

The informed consent is given to the patient following preoperative testing and the confirmation of candidacy.

Will You Allow Me to Observe Surgery?

There are two locations where the Laurel Eye Clinic doctors perform vision correction procedures; Brookville and Altoona, at the Laurel Laser & Surgery Centers. Both locations offer a viewing room for family members or those who wish to watch your LASIK procedure.

What is a Refractive Lensectomy (RLE)?

The Refractive Lensectomy procedure, like other refractive procedures, is done on an outpatient basis. Before surgery, the eye is anesthetized with eyedrops. The natural (crystalline) lens is then extracted and an artificial lens is implanted. The power of the artificial lens is determined preoperatively during a complete eye examination and special testing. Because the lens is inserted through a tiny incision, no stitches or sutures are required and the lens is allowed to heal within the surrounding eye tissue. Surgery time is typically less than 15 minutes, but with preoperative and postoperative care, patients will spend 1 – 2 hours at the surgical facility. One eye is corrected at a time. There are now several choices of implants available. Our doctors will help you decide which is best for you.

Who is Eligible for a Refractive Lensectomy (RLE)?

Refractive Lensectomy procedures are usually best for patients over the age of 45, possibly with early cataracts, and who need correction for both near and distance vision.

Our Locations

Altoona Office

176 Vision Drive
Duncansville, PA 16635


Bedford Office

Keystone North Professional Building
3759 Business 220, Suite 010
Bedford, PA 15522


Brookville Office

50 Waterford Pike
Brookville, PA 15825


Clearfield Office

235 East Market Street
Clearfield, PA 16830


DuBois Office

472 Jeffers St.
DuBois, PA 15801


St. Marys Office

Canadensis Building
241 Depot Street
St. Marys, PA 15857


Grove City Office

217 South Broad Street
Grove City, PA 16127


Johnstown Office

1415 Eisenhower Blvd.
Johnstown, PA 15904


Mercer Office

556 South Erie Street
Mercer, PA 16137


New Bethlehem Office

363 Broad Street, Suite 4
New Bethlehem, PA 16242


Seneca Office

2968 State Route 257 North
Seneca, PA 16346