Everything You Need to Know About LASIK Surgery

August 26, 2017

At Piedmont Eye Center, we want to make sure our patients have all the information they need to make a decision. LASIK surgery is a big choice, and often patients have many questions about the process. Below, you can find everything you need to know about LASIK surgery.

You Need to Qualify

Before deciding on LASIK surgery, make sure that you meet the necessary medical guidelines. Your surgeon will have the final approval, but below are some general guidelines:

  • You must have healthy eyes – no glaucoma, infections, cataracts, severe dry eyes,
    or any other condition that could slow or prevent the healing process
  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • Your vision must be stable for at least a year before surgery (no prescription
    changes)
  • You cannot be pregnant or nursing due to changing hormone levels that can affect
    the shape of your eye

You Will Need Recovery Time

While many patients see effects soon after surgery, it may take a month or two for vision to fully stabilize. During this time, you will need to protect your eyes. Immediately after surgery, your doctor will provide protective eye shields, which are to be used during sleep. Additionally, it is important to keep your eyes lubricated with artificial tears, and avoid rubbing them. Read this post for more on what to expect during the recovery process.

You Can Calculate Your Cost

Buying contacts each month can add up quickly. The average 20-29 year old can be expected to spend over $25,000 on contacts in their lifetime. However, LASIK surgery only costs a little over $4,000. You can calculate your lifetime contact lens and LASIK cost, as well as calculate your monthly payments, with our free LASIK Calculator.

You Can Learn From Past Patients

At Piedmont Eye Center, we have helped numerous people achieve the eyesight they have dreamed of. Hear from one of our satisfied patients:

After 25 years of dealing with breaking my expensive glasses or losing a contact while swimming and being half blind for the rest of the day, I decided it was time to make a change. I was ready for LASIK. Even living an hour and a half away there was no doubt that I wanted Dr. Bowers and his team to perform my surgery. –Bobby Moore

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You Don’t Have to Worry

In addition to our free ebook, we have numerous valuable resources available to make sure you have all the information you need before deciding on LASIK surgery. Our staff truly cares for each patient, and we want to ensure that you have a stress free experience. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Also, our LASIK evaluations are comprehensive examinations that take up to two hours to complete.  No quick eye screenings here!  After all the measurements and full dilated examination by Dr. Bowers himself, both you and the doctor will review everything you need to know to make an informed decision.  And, your evaluation is free so you never have to feel obligated in any way.  We want you to make the best decision that meets your individual needs.

No matter what questions you may have, we are here to help. When you are ready to take the next step, be sure to book an appointment with our staff.

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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