Are You Eligible for LASIK?

January 03, 2022

LASIK surgery is a tried and true method of regaining clear vision without the need for glasses or contacts. It has helped many people see better, and this year, it could help you, too! Read on to find out if you could be eligible for this life-changing treatment.

Why LASIK?

For many, poor eyesight can be inconvenient. If you have to wear glasses or contacts on a regular basis, you know it can be a bit of a hassle to take care of your eyewear and possibly get a new prescription every couple of years.

However, LASIK can change all of that. We’ve treated people with all sorts of prescriptions, and it’s likely that we could treat you, too.

Risk Level

LASIK involves a slight amount of risk, just like any surgery. While 95 percent or more of patients experience nothing but positive results from this procedure, a tiny margin of people may experience complications. That being said, our expert LASIK provider, Dr. Bowers, discusses these potential complications during a consultation in which he performs an extensive test to determine eligibility, including if you have enhanced risk.

LASIK technology is also new enough that no studies of long-term effects have been done that can determine how your eyes will function many years after the procedure or as you age.

However, nearly 100 percent of LASIK patients express complete satisfaction with the procedure and leave glowing reviews, even several years after the fact. LASIK is designed to be a long-term solution, and from what we’ve seen so far, it serves its purpose with excellence. If you have any other questions about the level of risk involved, Dr. Bowers has answers for you!

Obstacles to Getting LASIK

Some people may not be eligible for LASIK based on multiple factors, including:

  • Pre-existing medical conditions like dry eye, eye disease, or chronic/autoimmune disease
  • Working in a field that prohibits refractive eye surgery or endangers eye health (e.g. military service or contact sports that involve direct blows to the face)
  • Being on certain kinds of medications
  • Frequent changes in prescription due to refractive instability (a condition in which certain hormones and bodily functions cause eyesight fluctuations)

Dr. Bowers does thorough studies of patients’ medical histories during the free LASIK consultations at Piedmont Eye Center. He can determine if a health condition or way of life will prevent you from being a candidate for LASIK. If none of these factors apply to you, you could be our next eligible LASIK patient!

Timing

While the LASIK surgery procedure itself is an outpatient procedure that only takes about 15 minutes, this time is bookended by several pre- and post-surgery appointments. These appointments may take place over the course of a few months. Also, full recovery from LASIK surgery requires at least a few days of rest afterward, along with post-surgery medication. If this isn’t an issue, now could be a great time for you to receive this treatment! If not, you may need to wait for a less busy season of life.

Can You Afford LASIK?

While LASIK is certainly cheaper in the long run than a lifetime of glasses and contact lenses, there is a decent level of expense involved—though our pricing is competitive. Current pricing for this surgery is about $4,200 ($2,100 per eye), and we offer several different payment plans to help make the cost manageable.

Schedule a FREE Consultation

If you’re interested in getting LASIK surgery, we offer free, no-obligation consultations with Dr. Bowers to help you decide if LASIK is right for you. Contact us to schedule yours today!

What Our Patients Think

  • Ben Crosswhite / OWNER, CROSSWHITE FITNESS
    I couldn't recommend a better doctor, a better facility, and I'm so glad I did it.
  • Brenda Edson in front of a brick home
    Brenda Edson /
    "I could not have asked for a better experience at Piedmont Eye Center. From my very first visit, the staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in me."
  • Bobby Moore /
    "I wish I would have done it many years ago now."
  • Bryan Mitchell outside of a football stadium
    Bryan Mitchell / ANALYST
    "My vision was the best it had been since I was a teen. I had my LASIK surgery performed almost 2 years ago, and it is as good today as it was then."
  • Caroline Trexler /
    "They ensured that the entire process from preliminary appointments to follow up visits went seamlessly – the perfect team that gave me perfect vision."
  • Charles / RETIRED COMMANDER , UNITED STATES NAVY
    "All and all, this has been a very pleasant and beneficial period for me. I recommend it highly for anyone in a similar situation.'
  • Cynthia Stewart standing outside
    Cynthia /
    "I feel almost like a new person It’s a wonderful feeling to wake up in the morning and be able to actually see across the room without fumbling for my glasses. "
  • Frances / RETIRED
    "Dr. Ceballos has always been very positive, clarifying everything medically, never leaving me in doubt and has always made me feel special and important."
  • Guy / RETIRED
    "The procedure was painless, and now I’m happy to say I only wear glasses to read. I have 20/20 vision in my left eye and 20/25 in my right. "
  • Janice Bloom standing in front of a tree
    Janice Bloom / ADMISSIONS DATABASE & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
    "Dr. Bowers and his staff treated me with the utmost in professional care, making sure I was comfortable throughout the entire process."
  • Barbara / RETIRED
    "The procedure was pain free and I am so pleased with the results. It was money well spent and it is unbelievable how clear and colorful everything is. I want to tell Dr. Bowers and his staff how grateful I am."
  • Jerome / RETIRED
    "Doctor Vogel has treated me professionally as has his staff. They have been caring and have answered my questions to my satisfaction."
  • Jon Dupin standing outside of a brick home
    Jon Dupin / PASTOR
    "LASIK is not just a medical advancement to me; it’s a miracle"
  • Josh Brewer / HUMANITARIAN AID
    "Because of Dr. Bowers and his team at Piedmont Eye Center, my everyday life is now a whole lot easier. "
  • Judy Bowman / MISSIONARY
    "My experience of having Laser Vision Correction was fantastic. Dr. Bowers and all his staff are so knowledgeable and professional, yet very personal, warm, caring, and friendly."
  • Lucy standing in a classroom
    Lucy /
    "Dr. Bowers and his team were very comforting. The next morning, I opened my eyes and was able to see the alarm clock across the room, which I was never able to see before. It was a miracle!"
  • Martha Ann / GRANDMOTHER
    "It is a wonderful feeling to have no RX lenses. I want to thank Dr. Bowers and the Surgery Center for the freedom I feel.”
  • Monica Shelton / Featured Patient
    "Everyone told me what they were going to be doing to me and what to expect every step of the way. My experience with Piedmont Eye Center and Dr. Bowers and the whole LASIK team was awesome!"
  • Adelia / RETIRED
    "God led me to Dr. Vogel. He is absolutely the most wonderful doctor in the world. Not only is he a great doctor, he is a great ‘people person’. You always feel safe with him."
  • Penny Abbot in front of a home
    Penny Abbott / Financial Consultant
    "From the great staff who helped me, to the simplicity of setting up my flexible spending account, to my complete satisfaction and enjoyment of having clear sight, this has been an easy process."
  • Sallie Bloom / SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
    "The staff at Piedmont eased my nerves and the procedure was swift and smooth."
  • Sue Earsing and lasik eye surgery
    Sue / CHIROPRACTOR
    "I have always seen the world through glasses or contacts, so the sharpness of vision I have now was never there before."
  • Tim / NATIONAL ENDURO CHAMPION
    “Dr. Bowers not only met my expectations, he surpassed them. I had no idea that vision like this was possible. I no longer struggle in the shadows of a course- everything is clearer.”
  • Troy Doss
    Troy Doss / ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT JEFFERSON FOREST
    "Piedmont Eye Center takes care of the little things to make LASIK a comfortable process."
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