The Lifetime Commitment™
What is the Lifetime Commitment?
At the Australian Institute of Eye Surgery we stand behind our treatment and your distance vision results because we have confidence in our surgeons and in the stability of your results over the long term.
The benefit of the program is the Institute's assurance that if a re-treatment is needed after one year has passed since your procedure to maintain your distance vision, you will receive it at half the normal fee for a laser procedure to correct a previously untreated eye.
While we cannot guarantee that patients will have perfect vision for the rest of their life, we will do everything we can to maintain your best possible distance vision.
These treatments will be undertaken when they are medically advisable and will help maintain your distance vision.
Who is eligible for the Lifetime Commitment?
Most shortsighted and astigmatic AIES patients are eligible. Longsighted and monovision patients are not covered by the lifetime commitment.
You are eligible if you are in good general health, have been treated at the AIES for shortsightedness and/or astigmatism and have a pre-treatment prescription equal or less than the spherical equivalent of -6.00 diopters and/or astigmatism of no greater than -2.00 diopters. As the majority of shortsighted patients fall into this group, most patients will benefit.
To maintain eligibility in the lifetime program, you need to return to the Institute annually for an eye examination.
Please read the program's details "Eligibility and Exclusion Guidelines" for further information. What if I am not eligible for the Lifetime Commitment?
Patients who are not eligible for the lifetime commitment may receive an enhancement as discussed in their consultation if they are within 12 months of their initial procedure and are medically advisable.
Laser vision correction patients must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the lifetime commitment program:
- The patient must be treated at the AIES for correction of shortsightedness or shortsightedness/astigmatism and have a myopic spherical equivalent of -6.00 or less or astigmatism no greater than -2.00 diopters at the time of their first treatment. Most patients will be covered by this.
- Patients who have been corrected to 6/9 or better unaided vision or as a result of laser vision correction the patient has less than 1 diopter of myopia or hyperopia and/or has less than 1 diopter of astigmatism.
- Following the conclusion of the post-operative treatment period of six months the patient must have annual eye examinations at the Australian Insitutute of Eye Surgery. Fees for annual eye examinations are not covered by the Lifetime Commitment Program.
- The cost for patient's post operative care after re-treatment is not covered by the Program unless this occurs within the first six months following the patient's initial procedure.
- Patients treated at the Institute have the option for treatment of their residual refractive error of 1 diopter or greater so long as the treating surgeon agrees it is medically advisable.
Although we expect the majority of shortsighted or astigmatic patients to be eligible for the Lifetime Commitment Program there are exceptions or conditions under which further surgery is not advisable (longsighted and monovision patients are not covered by the Program).
These patients as described below would not be eligible:- Excluded are patients with pre-operative degrees of shortsightedness greater than -6.00 diopters spherical equivalent and/or astigmatism greater than -2.00 diopters.
In addition excluded are patients whose reduced vision is a result of an accident involving trauma to the eye; patients with diseases such as Diabetes Mellitus, Auto-immune and Collagen vascular diseases; patients whose cornea is too thin as a result of previous surgery; patients whose vision is reduced dueto irregular astigmatism; patients who have had another refractive procedure prior to having LASIK; patients whose initial procedure was not performed at the Institute of Eye Surgery; patients diagnosed with an ocular disease such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tear/detachment or degeneration; patients seeking an enhancement as a result of developing presbyopia.
Presbyopia is a result of natural ageing changes in vision and will not be covered by the Program. This is because presbyopia cannot be treated with a laser.
Finally patients who fail to comply with rules and regulations.