This time of year presents opportunities for people considering LASIK to take advantage of some potential tax advantages to make LASIK readily affordable. “For anyone who wears glasses or contact lenses, LASIK offers the possibility of seeing clearly at distance without the hassle and dependence,” noted Jerette Lerner, Director of Surgery Programs at The Eye Care & Surgery Center in Westfield, New Jersey. “Typically, patients who are hesitant about LASIK surgery tell me that they either need to see some more long term results or they just can afford it at this time,” shared Ms. Lerner.
Corneal Specialist & LASIK Surgeon Joel Confino, M.D. commented on long term LASIK results, “I have been performing LASIK since the mid-1990s with excellent results. My experiences and outcomes are consistent with the LASIK Quality of Life Collaboration Project between the FDA, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense and data from PROWL studies reported by the FDA, in that with thorough screening and preoperative testing, careful patient selection and realistic patient expectations, in the hands of experienced surgeons there is little negative effect and LASIK is safe, effective, predictable and beneficial over long time horizons.”
“For those thinking about LASIK the decision is often about how to make it affordable and tax time can offer some opportunities,” explained Ms. Lerner. Ms. Lerner offered the following information:
Take Advantage of LASIK Tax Deductions
While each situation is different, in general, depending on your personal income and how much you have incurred in out of pocket medical expenses-including deductibles and co-pays, it is quite possible that LASIK eye surgery might be a deductible medical expense. “Anyone considering LASIK should check with their tax advisor, preparer or C.P.A. to see how they might be able to take a LASIK tax deduction.
Take Advantage of Using Tax Refunds for LASIK
If you think you might be eligible for a tax refund or already know that you are getting a tax refund and want to consider using it to pay for LASIK, there are some simple steps to take. First, after filing your tax return it generally takes the U.S. Department of Treasury about three weeks or so to process your return and send you a refund check. This is a good time to schedule your complimentary consultation with a LASIK surgeon to find out if LASIK is the best vision correction option for your eyes and lifestyle. At this consultation you and your surgeon can determine if, how and when to proceed to schedule your LASIK surgery.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about whether they are a candidate for LASIK, please call The Eye Care & Surgery Center at 908-789-8999, visit The Eye Care & Surgery Center or facebook.com/eyecareandsurgerycenter to schedule a Free Evaluation.
The Eye Care & Surgery Center is located at 592 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090, 10 Mountain Boulevard, Warren, New Jersey 07059 and 517 Route One South, Suite 1100, Iselin, New Jersey 08830, and is conveniently located for patients from throughout central and northern New Jersey.