LASIK

Patient Essentials

We want you to be certain you've made the right choice when it comes to deciding where to have your corrective laser surgery. The physicians and services at the Laser Center for Vision Care are uniquely tailored to you.

Published Research

Our surgeons have authored or co-authored hundreds of research papers, which have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and other publications. Peer-review is the gold standard of scientific research.

Experience

UT Southwestern Medical Center is the place that trains doctors in the expanding field of refractive surgery. This means our surgeons stay abreast of and use the latest technologies.

Personalized Care

Our surgeons are with you every step of the way, from initial screening and evaluation to post-operative follow-up. You can get to know us at one of our free seminars in Dallas or Fort Worth and if you can't make it to one of these, you can schedule a free private consultation with one of our doctors.

Quality vs. Quantity

At the Laser Center for Vision Care, what you see is what you get. Beware of "as low as" advertised prices other surgeons offer. These ads are frequently used to attract patients, and then add-ons inflate the final price. The surgeon's practice should be professionally, NOT profit driven. At UT Southwestern, we are upfront about our basic and customized vision correction surgeries. When we quote you a price, it includes all of your eye care for all stages of the preparation, surgery, and aftercare.

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your LASIK Surgeon

1: Are you the one who does the entire LASIK procedure?

The ideal answer: Yes. I perform the procedure on every eye of every patient. To do anything less would be inappropriate in my professional opinion, and introduce unacceptable risk to your eyes.

2: Do you do all of pre- and post-operative exams yourself?

The ideal answer: Yes, I conduct all pre- and post-operative exams on every patient. This care is a critical part of any responsibly done surgical procedure and should not be delegated to anyone else potentially less skilled.

3: Is this practice a “mill”?

The ideal answer: Absolutely not. We are in the profession of medicine and not a financially driven factory. Eye surgery should not be done piecemeal. Vision is too precious to put needlessly at risk to increase volume and offer cut-rate prices.

4: Is this a center that sees hundreds or thousands of patients and might treat me like I’m a number?

The ideal answer: No. While we do a significant number of patients’ eyes, this gives us the ability to both maintain our surgical skills and analyze patient outcome data to publish and advance the field.

5: Are you in the business or profession of medicine?

The ideal answer: We are absolutely in the profession of medicine with good patient visual outcomes and safety being more important than personal financial income.

6: Is your advertised price a bait and switch?

The ideal answer: No. The price that we state in any communication is the price that we will charge for the procedure, which includes a pre-operative evaluation, the procedure itself, as well as one year of post-operative care by me.

7: Do you have a medical malpractice attorney on retainer?

The ideal answer: No, as we have no need for such a thing, but we are aware of some high volume surgeons who allegedly need such an arrangement due to malpractice litigation against them.

8: Do you offer other eye care services, or do you only perform LASIK?

The ideal answer: I am in a professional ophthalmology practice that not only does a significant number of LASIK procedures but also provides care for all diseases involving the eye. We are driven by professionalism rather than a singular surgical procedure.

9: Do you analyze and publish your surgical outcomes?

The ideal answer: Yes. We have among the best and safest surgical outcomes reported in respected peer-reviewed journals by anyone, anywhere in the world.

10: Is this LASIK center/office part of an accredited facility, or affiliated with an accredited facility?

The ideal answer: Yes. Our practice is not only part of a respected academic institution but our Laser facility is affiliated with an accredited hospital, which is strictly overseen by multiple accrediting bodies.

Financing Options

Can I finance my surgery?

Yes. Please visit Med Loan Finance or ask us for more information. You can also use Flex dollars from your employer-based Flexible Savings Account (FSA), or Health Savings Account (HSA). Some insurance plans and employers offer discounts for refractive surgery procedures, so be sure to check your employee benefits and health insurance plan.

Is the cost of refractive surgery tax deductible?

It is possible that your surgical procedure can be claimed as a medical expense to be itemized on your federal income tax return.

Can I use funds from an HSA or FSA to pay for surgery?

Yes. Refractive surgery is an eligible medical expenditure for HSAs and FSAs.