Mayo Clinic's approach

Coordinated care

People treated at Mayo Clinic experience continuity of care by seeing Mayo ophthalmologists from evaluation through post-surgery clinic visits, rather than transferring follow-up care to another eye care provider.

Experience

Mayo Clinic's experienced eye surgeons (ophthalmologists) have training in laser eye surgery in addition to general eye care. Mayo Clinic eye surgeons perform more than 300 laser eye surgeries each year, many of them laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and a variation called photorefractive keratectomy (PRK).

Advanced technology

LASIK surgery is the most common type of laser refractive surgery. Mayo Clinic eye surgeons have expertise in every type of laser eye surgery. Your doctor will talk with you about the technique best suited to your situation.

Thorough screening and newest treatments

Mayo Clinic emphasizes a thorough evaluation to ensure that you're a good candidate for this type of surgery. This careful screening, coupled with the use of the most current laser surgery technology and techniques, helps ensure quality results for laser vision correction.

Research

Researchers study new techniques for laser eye surgery and conduct clinical trials. This emphasis on research increases the treatment choices available to you. You may be able to access clinical trials and other studies at Mayo Clinic.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked high performing for ophthalmology by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

June 01, 2017
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