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LasikPlus Review: Eye Exam and Consultation

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Yesterday I went to my LasikPlus free eye exam and consultation to get some more information about Lasik (which apparently stands for Laser in-Situ Keratomileusis and there are in fact many different variations on the “laser-on-eye” surgery) and to also see how much it costs. When I showed up, the entire appointment is split up into three distinct parts: preliminary eye exam, doctor directed eye exam, and the pricing and scheduling consultation.

Preliminary Eye Exam

This was conducted by someone in a blue scrubs (in other words, not a doctor) and consisted of your typical eye exam things, checking for prescription, eye pressure, eye health. They also added two additional tests such as a cornea mapping, cornea thickness measure, and a night vision test, which are tests they need to tell how difficult it would be to perform Lasik on you or whether it was a good fit for you. The end of this exam consisted of taking the pupil dilating drops and waiting to see the doctor, which included watching an informative FAQ-type video about Lasik.

Doctor Directed Eye Exam

This was conducted by someone in a white lab coat who introduced himself as doctor so-and-so (I’ll be honest, at this point I had the pupil dilating drops in, I couldn’t see and so I was a little disconcerted). He checked out my prescription again and went into whether or not I was a good candidate for Lasik. Apparently my pupil is slightly larger than average but that was fine and my cornea was thicker than average, which is a good thing; there was a 5-6% chance I would need corrective surgery after the first surgery, but that was all included in the price.

I asked him whether I’d get a prescription of some kind, say for glasses or contacts, and he said that they didn’t do that, all their tests were geared towards assessing the candidacy of a patient. So if you wanted a free prescription out of it, you’re out of luck. If you wanted a thumbs up or thumbs down for eye health, you did get that.

Pricing and Scheduling Consultation

This was with someone at the front desk and this was a little hard for me because my pupil’s were dilated. They gave a 15% discount with my vision insurance provider, I assume they give this with practically all vision insurance providers, so the price was around $1400 an eye for a grand total price of $2800. Since I haven’t talked to any other providers, I have no idea where that is in the grand scheme of things (that’s just regular Lasik with a Bausch & Lomb laser).

As for payment, there were several financing options that including a 18 month 0% financing offer through Carecredit, but I haven’t had a chance to look at that.

Oh, one last thing, there wasn’t a hard sell at the Columbia location, which was something I appreciated. I hate going to a place and having them try their hardest to sell their service or product, even after I’ve told them I’m currently in a research gathering mode and not looking to make a decision at the moment.

There you have it, my LasikPlus eye exam and consultation experience, please feel free to ask any questions or share your own experiences.

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77 Responses to “LasikPlus Review: Eye Exam and Consultation”

  1. Deanna says:

    I had lasik surgery in July of 2008. I had the PRK lasik surgery because my pupils were a bit larger than most and it was the safest method for me.

    COST: 3,000;

    Qualified for 0% interest for 18 months with monthly payments

    BEFORE: My eyesight before I could not even see the TV while laying in bed at night without my contacts on. I always wore contacts. ALWAYS! I needed them to drive…and walk really. LOL! I had astigmastism. Left eye was -3.75 and my right eye was -3.25.

    RECOVERY: First day I went home took a nap, woke up and I could see 20 times better than before but things were a little foggy. I did have some halos and glares that eventually went away through out the week.

    After one week the halos and glares disappeared and so did the fogginess and I could see perfectly.

    SURGERY: It took about 15 seconds per eye. I didn’t feel a thing. It just looks like a little green and red light getting fuzzy and then it goes back into focus. Very quick and painless.

    RESULTS: My vision is now better than 20/20…I can see 20/15!!! How you like me now! Very glad that I decided to get it done. Lasik plus was wonderful!!! NO REGRETS!!!

  2. Isabella says:

    I only have praise for Lasik Plus in Scottsdale, AZ. I was referred by many many people to Dr Perry at Lasik Plus. I am 48 years old and was constantly buying reading glasses. I went to another place first just for comparison sake. The exam was very brief and they all seemed very pushy! They immediately recommended having surgery on both eyes to have monovision. I did not understand the concept until I went to LASIK PLUS and the doctor actually demonstrated it for me so I understood perfectly and loved it. I could see far away and also read without glasses. After my free consultation I was told I could actually do one eye for reading and leave my dominant eye (camera shooting eye) to see far. If I felt I needed to see better for distance I could always have my other eye done in the future. I saved $1500 and the risk of having surgery. Everyone at LASIK PLUS was very informative and answered all my questions without worrying about how long it took. The day of surgery was very organized and it did not feel like a cattle call even though they did alot of surgeries. My prescription was verified again to ensure a great result. Yes I could have had it done for a few hundred dollars less but NO WAY would I compromise on the best for my eyesight. LASIK PLUS had state of the art testing equipment and they have 4 lasers not 1 or 2 like the other places. I could read the next morning without searching for my glasses YEAH!! I would never hesitate referring anyone to LASIK PLUS in Scottsdale, AZ. Thank you Dr Perry for the gift of sight.

  3. Heather says:

    Has anyone had Lasik done at the Nashville, TN office with Dr. Thomas Wohl? I’ve had my consultation already and have been to a couple other places. I’m trying to do as much research as possible before I decide which place I will choose to have this surgery. Any comments regarding this office and physician would be helpful..thanks!

  4. Heather says:

    Has anyone had Lasik done with LASIKPLus in Austin, TX (Research Blvd?) I am considering using them and would love any feedback.

    Thanks,

    • Jenifer says:

      Hey Heather in Austin. I am going to get an exam in the morningat that clinic. My coworker went there, and they actually turned him away, (thats a good thing) because his eyes weren’t done changing. He really liked the staff there. I’m going in to see if I can get a second surgery. I did my first when I was 19 in Orlando FL and they just wanted my money. 4k back then. My eyes weren’t even close to being done growing/changing. They did it and 1 1/2 years later, I was wearing glasses agian. Other than that, no bad experiences. I have a harder time seeing in the dark if there isn’t some kind of light,(like walking along the side of a house to get to the backyard at night) but other than that, no big probs. Everything that everyone said about the surgery is pretty dead on… they just left out that you smell a burning smell, like if your hair blower burned a couple hairs. Other than that, no pain, fast recovery, just wished I waited a couple years. Now I’m 27 and I don’t know if I can do it again. They are gonna check me for a PRK. Write back if you did go through them and how was it.

  5. Heather says:

    I ended up having Lasik done at LasikPlus in the Nashville, TN office with Dr. Thomas Wohl. I had this surgery on 2/28/09. Everything went well, and I was seeing 20/20 the following day. One thing I’d like to mention, is that my eyes were bruised from the suction cup and the pressure, which caused the white part of my eyes to be red. The doctor informed me that this typically happens to 20% of patients. So, the worst scenario with my surgery, was for the healing of this bruising and for my eyes to be clear of redness. Tomorrow it will be a week since I’ve had the surgery, and my eyes continue to see clearer and the redness is starting to go away. I definately am satisfied with my results and would most certainly go through the procedure again. It is extremely nice to no longer have to put contacts in and out every morning and night. I can also see the alarm clock in the morning. However, I cannot wait until the redness is completely gone and I can wear eye makeup!

    I did receive 2 valiums prior to the surgery to calm my nerves. Which was extremely helpful. Also, I didn’t feel like another number or herd of cattle at this office, as I did at other clinics with my consultations. I arrived at the office at 10:30 and left at 12:15. I was probably in the surgery room for 20 minutes. The physician first examined my eyes before the surgery, then the nurses led me to the first laser machine. It was definately pretty wild when one of my eyes had a patch on it and the other the laser was doing the work. It felt like I was in a movie or something. It didn’t hurt, but felt pretty weird. And, when one eye went black for a second, it didn’t scare me as much as I thought it would. The nurses would count down from 15 seconds until the process was complete. Then, I was escorted to the 2nd laser machine. There was a point that I did say ouch on my left eye. Maybe the numbing drop wore off a little, but it wasn’t excruciating pain, but definately caught me off guard. Then, I was told the healing process works best the more you keep your eyes closed immediately following surgery. So, as soon as I got to my car, I closed my eyes on the way home and only opened them to walk in my apt. For about 1 hour after the surgery, my eyes were burning, but this sensation went away after an hour. I was definately scared to open my eyes for the first time after my nap, they felt very watery and a little swollen. When, I first opened my eyes it was very blurry. But, as the day went on my eyes became clearer and clearer. I was completely fine to drive the next morning to my 8am appointment, and I was reading the bottom line, which is 20/20 vision. My left eye was a little more blurry than my right.

    So, overall, I expected everything that happened by all of my research, except the bruising of eyes and the redness. So, now my only hope is to have the white part of my eyes to be completely clear again! I do want to thank Dr. Wohl for the gift of sight, and hopefully everything keeps getting better and better here on out. But, I would definately go through this process again! Just make sure you do your research on the physician and facility and go to the place that makes you feel most comfortable, that was how I made my choice. I paid 3K for both eyes, which includes a 15% vision discount through my insurance. This also seemed to be right in the middle and norm for the procedure at this time. Again, I’m happy with my decision and my new eyes!

    • Heather says:

      I just wanted to let everyone know that it took about 3 weeks for the redness to go completely away..but, I’m now seeing 20/15 in both eyes, and I absolutely love it!! And, I’m very happy with my choice in going to Lasik Plus in Nashville, TN.

  6. DM says:

    LasikPlus in King Of Prussia, PA, offered me one of the most expensive packages (of course!), and when I asked to take a look at all their prices and packages to be able to make an informed decision, they refused to give me any information and basically kicked me out.

    Shop around, go to a few LASIK surgeons before making a decision. It’s not only about how experienced the doctor is, it’s about how much the doctor cares (and what exactly (s)he cares for – patients or their money)!

    • Beth says:

      So glad I just read DM’s above review- I was considering the LasikPlus in King of Prussia, PA. Thanks so much!

      • DM says:

        If you are looking for a good LASIK doc in the area, go to Dr. Siepser in Wayne/King of Prussia. He is the best! His prices are a little more expensive (on the other hand, when you’re paying thousands, what is a couple of hundred more?), but he is BY FAR the best surgeon here and one of the best in the country. People go to him for LASIK even from other countries. I had it done there last week, and can’t say enough good things about it!

    • DM says:

      Not to mention, the scare tactics they used to convince me that I shouldn’t go to any other doctor (“Another doctor will hack into your eyes, only ours is gentle enough” – something to that extent)… shame on them! Do research about different type of LASIK, otherwise they WILL be sure to fool you into something you don’t need to pay so much for.

  7. Biggr413 says:

    Having the procedure done tomorrow at Lasik Plus at the Westbury Long Island, NY location. Excited and scared at the same time. Any one have any suggestions. Has anyone had the procedure done there? Thank you.

    • Kyle M says:

      Hey Biggr413,

      I actually was supposed to do my surgery there back in November, but due to economic conditions I had to hold off. I want to ask you how your surgery went (if you did go through with it) a couple weeks post op. How much did you pay? They told me it would $2299 per eye, and I said no way, I could get cheaper and quoted $3000 in total for th regular lasik surgery (not the custom one). Also did you go through Dr. Damon Pettinelli? When I did my consulation, I worked with a young fellow, but dont remember his name, and his assistant Joy. Overall, how was the whole experience? Your feedback would be a world of a difference!

      • Biggr says:

        Kyle M,

        So far so good! I was scheduled to have a follow up last Thursday, but reschedule it for tomorrow, so I will have to give you another update after tomorrow.
        The procedure was fast and Dr. Pettinelli was very helpful in answering all of my questions before the surgery. You don’t really feel anything, except for some discomfort and a funny smell caused by the laser doing its job.
        The only thing I can complain about, which had nothing to do with the actual procedure, is that after the surgery you pop up and you are shown the door. I feel like a little postop pep talk would have been helpful. Although,they do tell you everything you need to know about the procedure and any subsequent treatments and follow ups before operating, but who listens to all that when in about 20 minutes your life is going to change for the best. That is the ONLY issue I had with Lasik Plus.
        The next day after the procedure, I went in for a follow up and I was 20/15 in my left eye and 20/25 in my right. I was told that my vision will under go changes for the next 6 months, but not bad for the day after! Since then, it has been amazing!! I can see things that I couldn’t see with my contacts or glasses.
        Overall, I would recommend Lasik Plus to anyone who ask! You don’t realize how much life with contacts/glasses suck until you don’t need them anymore and you wake up and can clearly see the alarm clock. Go for it!!
        I will let you know how tomorrow goes.

        • Nora says:

          Hey Biggr,

          hopefully you get to read this before saturday! Im having my surgery done by dr. Pettinelli at his jersey office on saturday, I had my consult today. I am super freaked out about all the possible things that could happen, that they make you sign off on (I guess so they dont get sued..)

          I really liked everyone in the office in jersey..and this is something Ive been considering for a long time. Im getting the wavefront custom intralase for 3k (they worked with me a bit on the pricing-it was originally 4800)

          How are you now a few months post op? Im really nervous and excited at the same time.

  8. Rick says:

    I’m 20 years old and considering Lasik surgery at the LasikPlus in Albany, NY. If anyone has had surgery done there, any info would be greatly appreciated. Both of my eyes are -2.25 and have been for the last 3 years. I have been wearing contacts since I was 13. I feel as though its time to get the surgery, but am I too young? Contacts are a pain in college, and I am on a traveling track and field team, so it is also very inconvenient to always bring my contacts with me to hotels. Would Lasik be a good decision for me?

  9. Whywhy says:

    Lasik Plus was were my family member went, they didnt even have them sign a CONSENT FORM until the NEXT day! I have heard great things about Lasik, but not lasik plus.

  10. mike says:

    I went to Lasix Plus for a consultation. They want $2100 per eye, which seems high. It’s for the PRK (big pupils as well). I see others above have gotten the same surgery for around 3k. I’m in the sacramento area, so if anyone has any suggestions, I’d appreciate it.

  11. maddy says:

    I went to TLC Lasik and Lasik Plus…and I didn’t find a bad vibe either way. I believe TLC and Plus both have you sign the consent form the day of. Also, even though TLC has Tiger Woods backing them up, it felt more like a car dealership talking about if I buy this package I can get the lifetime warranty…whereas Plus only had one sum that includes the lifetime, they don’t even do the blade procedure anymore. I thought Plus was more friendly and down to earth. However, I think both places have good experienced doctors. At this point it just depends on your own preference.

  12. Nora says:

    Just an update…
    I am about a month post op.
    No dryness…no halos..no anything except 20/20 vision.

    I was so nervous, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. Best money I ever spent!

  13. sheri stevens says:

    Stay away from the Lasik Plus Vision centers. They are nothing but eye surgery factories in it for the money. Find a independent eye surgeon.

  14. Cody says:

    been over a month since i had lasik eye surgery. I can see 20/20 no dryness and just little halos, buts its been getting better. Was a fast and easy operation and recovery

  15. Dana says:

    Hi All,

    I would like to schedule a consult at LaskikPlus on Central Avenue in Yonkers, NY. Does anyone have any experience with getting the process done at this location?
    Thanks!

    • Cat says:

      there is NOT an office on Central Ave. in Yonkers (lasikPlus)…There used to be one In Scarsdale but it has closed (recession)

  16. AngelEyes says:

    LasikPlus has nice offices with newest, best equipment, excellent experienced doctors, but their approach to procedures is like an assembly line and their front desk people are rude.

  17. Max. Nyc says:

    Thanks everyone for their 2 cents.. Very helps me

  18. Cat says:

    That is a good description of the Consultation!

  19. SM says:

    Does anyone have experience with the LasikPlus in Orlando (Dr. Jeffrey Robin)? My pre-op showed that I am a good canidate for their all lasik surgery, despite my rather large pupils, but I am having trouble finding specific reviews for their office.

    Thanks!

  20. TC says:

    WHOA to CAT : NO one needs to PROVE anything to you, or anyone else. Fact remains: they ARE in the business of being a Lasik ‘factory’ – and NO one should ever just go with ONE doctors opinion on anything, much less their eyes. Period.

    As far as the TLC ‘factories’ – do a google search, you’ll see many lawsuits and many unhappy former customers.

    Again, taking just ONE opinion for such an important decision is just beyond stupid. My MD is the top rated doc in Wisconsin for Lasik (and other procedures) – and the procedure was actually done AT a hospital and is MUCH cheaper ($2200 per eye for everything including enhancements for the first year if needed) than the Lasik here said they would charge me.

  21. Do PRK says:

    I had lasiks from the premier lssiks surgeon in Phiadelphia area 4 weeks ago. The period of time after my surgery has been the worst 4 weeks of my life. My vision is far worse than ever before plus I have a FLAP covering my eye.
    Hindsight is indeed 20/20 or at least figuartively in my case. Would recomment PRK instead. at least if the surgery doesn’t work for you, at least you won’t have the added complication of FLAPS which may or may not stay in place for the remaining years of your life.

  22. SM says:

    My lasik went perfectly smoothly. Quick, simple, slept all day afterwards and woke up with 20/15 eyesight! Despite my larger pupils the starbursts and halos are not that bad. Very happy I decided to have the surgery!

  23. Do PRK says:

    Great for you, SM, that your lasiks was a success. Even after using the top surgeon in the area, my surgery is not a success story. For others considering, why take the chance on lasiks and flaps for the rest of your life if PRK will provide you with same results and NO FLAPS ? Down side is a longer recovery… Serioously, to anyone considering lasiks, look into PRK.

  24. dena says:

    Hey, wanted to share little of what I went thru at Hattiesburg eye clinic (the dungeon is what I call it now), I went to be evaluated for Lasik, had to make 2 trips down there before the doc could tell me if I was a candidate, but I wasn’t. I have that same thing kera-however ya spell it. But I do declare when they was testing me, they put this BRIGHT light in my eyes to stare at and now I can’t see at night, I can’t stand lights in my eyes, I see double. Good thing I live in the country to where ain’t a lot of traffic. I do good with my contacts during most part of the day, then I have to take em out and just wear my glasses. I declare, I think that exam they gave made em worse. I wish I knew some lawyer that could maybe help me out, cause them folks down there at hattiesburg eye clinic is either drunk or high, I won’t go back down there.

  25. Kristin says:

    I am seriously considering LasikPlus here in Houston. Can anyone recommend an experienced doctor in this area?? I have a consultation tomorrow to see what it’s all about. After reading everyone’s posts, I feel that the benefits definitely outweight the costs. I hate having to put old dry contacts in every day, especially living with pets. All comments and recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all!


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