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January 24, 2007

Lasik Consultation

I went to my initial consultation for Lasik surgery today.

It wasn't as detailed as I expected. I'm not sure if it's because it was a free consultation so they want to make it quick. Maybe because they could tell I did my research. I don't know. I was just expecting them to walk me through more.

They took the "pictures" of my eyes, printed the information out, the doctor took a look, came in and took a look at my eyes, and then said I was a perfect candidate for Lasik (versus other types of surgery out there), talked about how contacts can mis-shape the eye but mine hadn't done that much. That was it.

I talked to the sales person/admin and she immediately started talking about the next appointment, which is a full 2 hour eye exam. I asked her about price and after my discount for my vision insurance, it'll be $2095 per eye. I asked her if there was anything else I needed to know. She said no, just what I needed to do for the next exam.

So, I didn't leave with the warm and fuzzies. But I didn't leave with any fear of the facility or anything.

I originally chose Piedmont Better Vision to even look into because I have such good luck with the Piedmont hospital and doctors.

So, we'll see. At least I know approximately what to contribute for my Flex Spending Account, what to budget, etc.

Posted by Sissy at January 24, 2007 08:39 PM | TrackBack

If possible, I would get at least one more place to do the same thing. I know it's a hassle, but you should at least get 2 opinions before doing any surgery.

Posted by: Teresa at January 24, 2007 09:54 PM

good luck with that.

Me - I will never ever be inclined to have LASIK. My husband's first time didn't take. And his second time, well, he can see, but I don't really think he's thrilled. He has one eye for distance and one for reading, and finds he is often unable to read. He frequently seems frustrated. Of course, he'll never admit it (because it was $4500, and I was opposed to him getting it done in the first place), so I can't be sure.

If you want to sike yourself out, I have his pictures posted here:

Be prepared to smell your eyes cooking. That was what husband said was the most disconcerting part.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at January 24, 2007 10:20 PM

Emory is (or was) supposed to be one of the top-rated places to have that done. Might be worth checking them out as well.

Posted by: zonker at January 27, 2007 02:20 PM