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About Us

ABOUT US AAPECS Eye Care is the area’s only state-of-the-art facility devoted solely to laser eye surgery, cataract surgery and treatment of complex eye disease. We have one of the most complete, modern, and cost effective eye surgery centers in southeastern Virginia. At AAPECS you can expect better vision with fewer side effects and quicker visual recovery. AAPECS Eye Care was - • 1st to offer in-office laser vision correction. • 1st to offer...


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SLT LASER

SLT LASER At AAPECS Eye Care we were first in the area with in-office lasers to treat glaucoma. The latest laser treatment for glaucoma is called S.L.T (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty). SLT is clinically proven to treat glaucoma by safely and effectively reducing intraocular pressure in a single, office procedure. SLT can be an effective adjunct to medication therapy or used as a primary treatment to reduce or eliminate the need for topical glaucoma medications, along with...


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CATARACT SURGERY

CATARACT SURGERY Cataract surgery is a relatively simple and usually painless procedure («SEE CATARCT SURGERY VIDEO Below«), often taking less than 10 minutes. What to Expect During After the Procedure Anesthetic and dilating drops will be placed in your eyes and you will be offered sedation if you are nervous. You will be brought into the surgical suite, your eye will be prepped (cleaned with a Betadine solution) and a small instrument is used to hold your...


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Customized Versus Standard LASIK

CUSTOMIZED VERSUS STANDARD LASIK Custom LasikWhile standard LASIK still remains at the forefront of laser vision correction technology, the customized laser upgrade to laser vision correction brings us one step closer to perfecting laser vision correction.What was LASIK before custom laser treatments?Standard laser vision correction remains an excellent option for reducing or eliminating the need for glasses. The standard laser reshaping of the cornea can reduce nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. In standard laser vision correction procedure...


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PHASER SURGERY

PHASER SURGERY PHASER SURGERY with either a monofocal or multifocal lens is a relatively simple and usually painless procedure, often taking less than 10 minutes. Replacement of the eye's natural lens with a multifocal lens implant is the only refractive procedure that can reduce or eliminate the need for glasses for both distance and near vision in each eye. PHASER SURGERY This procedure is identical to the cataract surgery performed on millions...


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I-Lasik

  I-Lasik Surgery What to Expect During the Procedure There's a new standard for laser vision correction that's making things easy for physicians and patients. The iLASIK solution is the unprecedented combination of IntraLase® technology and the Advanced CustomVue® procedure. Quite simply, this one-of-a-kind blend of technology yields clinical benefits at every step. Prior to your laser treatment, a detailed map of your cornea will be made, computerized refractions will be taken, these measurements will be rechecked both manually...


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Monovision

MONOVISION Monovision can allow patients over age 45 to see up close AND in the distance without glasses. With Monovision, one eye is corrected to see well in the distance and the other eye to see well up close. How does monovision work? Monovision patients see clearly in the distance with one eye and up close with the other. Successful monovision patients automatically ignore the vision in the up close eye when looking in the distance and...


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INFINITY PROGRAM

FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT WANT TO WEAR GLASSES AFTER CATARACT SURGERY The INFINITY PROGRAM is a warranty program developed at AAPECS EYE CARE to increase the chance that you will not need glasses after cataract surgery. The Infinity program is NOT covered by insurance. Many, many patients can see well in the distance without glasses after cataract surgery. However, new PREMIUM lens implants and LASER vision correction can make this more likely. The infinity program is...


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Cataract

Cataract A cataract is simply a clouding of the eyes natural lens. (SEE CATARACT VIDEO «). Cataracts do not harm the eye and in most cases, there is no such thing as leaving cataracts in too long. Very, simply, cataracts need to be removed when they bother you. If your doctor tells you that your cataract MUST be removed and you are not having noticeable problems with your vision it may be wise to get a...


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Lasik Cost & Financing

Lasik Cost Financing Lasik: $2,800/eye Custom Cornea Upgrade: $0 Intralase Upgrade: $0 Surface Laser Procedures (PRK, LASIK): $2,800/eye Credit Cards (#3) contact us (contact.html) for current pricing.   Phaser Cost Financing PHASER MONOFOCAL IMPLANT: $4,000 PHASER MULTIFOCAL IMPLANT: $5,000 Financing PlansVision correction may be an excellent investment for your personal well being. Because of this, we believe financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining this procedure. Being sensitive to the fact that different patients have...


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Our Doctor

OUR DOCTOR Dr. Frenkel was born in Fairfield Connecticut.  His father is also an ophthalmologist. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, he obtained an M.D. degree from the University of Connecticut.  Next he was an intern at St. John’s Merci Hospital in St, Louis and completed his ophthalmology residency at the world renowned Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans.  Dr. Frenkel is Board Certified in Ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmoloy. He opened...


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What is the INTRALASE® Method

WHAT IS THE INTERLASE® METHOD What is INTRALASE?INTRALASE is a blade-free technique used to perform the critical first step in the LASIK procedure: creating the corneal flap. The creation of the corneal flap prepares the eye for next laser, which performs the actual vision correction. INTRALASE® - BLADE-FREE I-LASIK (http://aapecs.com/cp-phaser.html?pid=13) ...


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Glaucoma

GLAUCOMA Glaucoma often is called the "silent thief of sight," because in most cases there is no pain and visual symptoms until noticeable vision loss occurs. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that involve damage to the optic nerve related to increased intraocular pressure.  Glaucoma is a condition that develops when too much fluid pressure builds up inside of the eye. The increased pressure can damage the optic nerve, which leads to a slowly progressive loss...


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OVER AGE 45 VISION PRESBYOPIA & PHASER

WHY DO PEOPLE OVER AGE 40 NEED READING GLASSES? Some patients with presbyopia but without a cataract may choose a clear lens exchange (PHASER SURGERY) to improve their vision. PHASER (PHaco Assissted Surgical Extraction and Replacement) involves removing the eye's natural lens and replacing it with either a Multifocal or Monofocal lens implant. Presbyopia (nearsighted) (http://aapecs.com/cp-phaser.html?pid=3) ...


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CustomVue

      This is what we have all been waiting for! While standard LASIK still remains at the forefront of laser vision correction technology, the customized laser upgrade to laser vision correction brings us one giant step closer to perfecting laser vision correcting technology. CustomVue Correction ...


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LASIK VISION CORRECTION

The LASIK procedure (Laser Assisted Surgical In-situ Keratomileusis) is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses in people who are nearsighted or farsighted, and who have astigmatism. In LASIK surgery, we use a laser to re-shape the cornea to re-focus the light onto the retina.

The very latest LASIK procedure is called I-LASIK. In I-LASIK no blades are used. The INTRALASE LASER creates the superficial flap and a different laser performs the vision correction.

NOTE: Most patients over age 45 with normal distance vision will need glasses to see up close. This is called presbyopia (SEE PRESBYOPIA). LASIK does not affect presbyopia. Therefore, most patients over age 45 who have LASIK surgery will need reading glasses unless they have monovision. If you are over age 45 and you take your glasses off to read, LASIK surgery may improve your distance vision, but it will also cause you to need glasses to read.

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Were 1st & "Outstanding Laser Vision Correction Surgeon"

 

AAPECS Eye Care is the area’s only state-of-the-art facility devoted solely to laser eye surgery, cataract surgery and treatment of complex eye disease. We have one of the most complete, modern, and cost effective eye surgery centers in southeastern Virginia.

At AAPECS you can expect better vision with fewer side effects and quicker visual recovery.

AAPECS Eye Care was -

 1st to offer in-office laser vision correction.

 1st to offer in-office laser vision correction that does not cut your cornea.

1st to offer custom cornea laser vision correction.

1st to combine INTRALASE with custom cornea laser vision correction.

The only center whose surgeon was awarded the Outstanding Laser Vision Correction Surgeon by Summitt Technology.

At AAPECS Eye Care, we are caring and dedicated professionals who will do our best to make sure your decision is the best one for you, and to provide the utmost care before, during, and after your surgery.

Our Staff

In 1988 Dr. Ronald B. Frenkel, M.D. opened his new office, The Cataract and Laser Center , in the Pembroke area of Virginia Beach and quickly established a name for himself among area eye doctors. With the only in-office Laser suite and a reputation for professional and caring treatment, the Cataract and Laser Center became the fastest growing eye care center in Southeastern Virginia .

In 1996, the Cataract and Laser Center expanded, and became AAPECS Eye Care.

Dr. Frenkel:

Was the 1st ophthalmologist in Southeastern Virginia to offer in-office LASIK & PHASER surgery.

Pioneered surgical techniques that significantly reduced patient discomfort and recovery time.

Was the 1st Virginia Beach Ophthalmologist to perform no-stitch, no injection cataract surgery.

Has been invited to speak both locally and nationally about his "soft touch" surgical techniques and has performed more topical anesthesia, no-stitch cataract surgeries than any other Virginia Beach ophthalmologist.

The unique "Patient Focused" orientation at AAPECS Eye Care creates an atmosphere of confidence, trust, and relaxation. In addition, statistics from one of the area's largest insurers suggested that AAPECS Eye Care is the most cost-effective eye care center in southeastern Virginia, the first to combine INTRALASE with custom cornea laser vision correction.

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LASIK

 

Since LASIK was first approved in 1999, it has been regarded as a safe and successful method of vision correction. Because we are dedicated to providing our patient with the best possible vision, we offer both traditional LASIK and IntraLASIK, also known as Blade-free or All-laser LASIK.

Traditional LASIK uses a device known as a microkeratome, where a surgical blade creates a hinged flap of thin corneal tissue. The flap is then opened like a page on a book and gently folded to one side to expose just below the cornea’s surface. To be a good candidate for traditional LASIK, the cornea must be of sufficient thickness to allow for the flap to be made and still have enough tissue under the flap to allow for the proper amount of tissue to be removed for the targeted level of correction. Patients with severe dry eye symptoms, very thin corneas, or other conditions, such as the beginning stages of a cataract may be better candidates for blade-free LASIK or other refractive procedures.

Blade-free, or All-laser LASIK uses a laser to create a flap with laser energy instead of a microkeratome blade. In seconds, with computer precision and high-speed delivery, the laser produces over a million tiny micron-sized baffles that gently separate the layers of corneal tissue and creates a customized flap. The use of a laser allows us to customize the flap to the desired thickness, size, orientation and location. This unprecedented level of control makes blade-free LASIK that much safer and allows more patients to qualify for this procedure.

The final step in your LASIK procedure uses the excimer laser, either customtreatment or conventional, to reshape the underlying tissue. The surgeon then replaces the corneal flap over the treated area where it bonds securely, without the need for stitches. With less surface are to heal than a surface ablation, LASIK patients recover very quickly and most experience little, if any, discomfort. Functional vision returns very rapidly, with the majority of patients seeing well enough to drive in a day or two without contacts or glasses.

Custom treatments have the potential to improve your quality of vision, and make you see even better than you could with glasses or contact lenses. This is because until recently, excimer lasers treated patients strictly based on their optical prescription, despite the fact that their eyes each have a unique set of naturally occurring optical imperfections. This is knows as a conventional laser treatment. 

Wavefront technology compares distorted waves of light exiting the eye to the flat waves of light that would have returned if the eye had a perfect optical system. This information is used to create a 3D map that guides the excimer laser while reshaping the cornea. 

We specialize in true custom treatments, which offer the best chance of obtaining maximum quality laser vision correction. The wavescan’s unique “fingerprint” of each individual’s eye are transferred directly to the laser to give the optimum treatment possible.