LASIK

At Hiatt Eye Center, our focus has always been,
and will always be, on you.

As a Center of Excellence in vision care today, we’re continually adding new services, procedures and investing in more advanced technologies, all designed to enhance the way you see the world.

We have highly trained and broadly skilled surgeons on our surgical team.

Your vision is our first priority.

We’re committed to creating a better patient experience. Updated offices, wifi and extended hours and Saturday appointments are just the beginning.

We’re introducing easy-to-understand, all-inclusive pricing. Making excellent vision correction affordable is still a main priority. That’s why we offer interest-free financing and flexible payment options to help Blade-Free LASIK fit YOUR budget.

We’re building a better culture. Every single person on the Hiatt Eye Center team shares one mission: Helping you enjoy a life complete with great vision.

Because better vision means a better life! We invite you to come see the Hiatt Eye Center Difference.

LASIK is one of the most commonly performed elective procedures in the world today and it has given millions of individuals the freedom to see life clearly without glasses and contacts. At Hiatt Eye Center, we understand that having LASIK is a major decision and where you choose to have it is an important part of that decision.

At Hiatt Eye Center, everything we do is about you and your vision. Yes, we invest in today’s top technology and our surgeons have performed thousands of procedures, but the real difference is in the way we care . . . you’ll see.

How Do I Know if LASIK is Right for Me?

The first step in determining if LASIK is the right choice for you is a consultation. Because we are so passionate about the life-changing opportunity that LASIK can be, this initial consultation is completely complimentary! Yay for FREE!

Your LASIK consultation involves a full eye exam using advanced diagnostic tools in addition to dilation. Some of the factors that go into determining if LASIK is right for you are your prescription, age, corneal shape and thickness, pupil size and presence of dry eye. If you were referred to Hiatt Eye Center for LASIK by your current optometrist, we will work closely with him or her for continuity of care.

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Value Match Guarantee

At Hiatt Eye Center, we want you to feel confident and comfortable with the amount you pay for LASIK. That’s why we offer our Value Match Guarantee.* We will match (or beat) any competitor’s price on LASIK with equal technology and warranty.

So, if you find a LASIK provider that’s offering you a lower price on the same lasers and warranty package we offer, call us at 480-786-3937 or contact us using the quick form below.

If LASIK isn’t right for you, we also offer Refractive Lens Exchange, PRK and Visian ICL procedures. Simply schedule your free consultation or take our quick LASIK self-test to learn more.

Ready to start the adventure?

Call 480-786-3937 or use the form below to schedule your free LASIK consultation.



Pricing & Financing

How Much Does LASIK Cost?

Hiatt Eye Center’s LASIK prices are determined by a number of factors: Your vision prescription, your lifestyle, your eye health and more. Because every individual’s eyes are unique to them, there is no one-size-fits-all LASIK and therefore, no one-size-fits-all price.

Details of pricing, any applicable or seasonal discounts and financing will all be discussed at your free LASIK consultation.

At Hiatt Eye Center, we believe that great eye care and vision correction should be within financial reach for every individual who wants to have it.

But just believing something is not enough!

To make sure we are walking our talk, Hiatt Eye Center offers convenient and flexible financing options with plans designed to keep monthly payments affordable for just about any budget. We gladly accept flex plan and medical savings account dollars for even more tax-free savings.

When you arrive for your free LASIK screening, a Hiatt team member will help you to apply for financing.

Note: Many of our patients elect to put their LASIK procedure on a low-interest credit card that offers rewards such as air miles and cash-back programs.
Whatever payment method you choose, we will work with you to make your LASIK procedure affordable.

Heading north to cool down? Exploring the East Valley? Whatever you have planned, we want you to enjoy a life complete with great vision to match your great adventures!

LASIK FAQs

How does LASIK work?

LASIK changes the shape of your cornea which changes the way images focus on your retina. It’s a two-step process: one laser creates a small flap on the cornea and another type of laser reshapes the corneal surface, all in just a few minutes.

Chart Showing LASIK Surgery

What is the cost of LASIK eye surgery?

As previously mentioned, we believe everyone deserves great vision! For this reason, Hiatt Eye Center’s LASIK is designed to be affordable for everyone. You will start the process of your LASIK eye surgery with a FREE LASIK consultation to determine candidacy and your customized, all-inclusive treatment package price.

Does insurance cover LASIK?

Because LASIK is considered by most insurance companies an elective surgery, they most likely will not cover the procedure. Our Hiatt Eye Center staff, however, is happy to review your employer’s insurance policy to determine if any discounts may be available. We also offer convenient and affordable interest-free financing. Ask us about this at your FREE LASIK consultation.

How long does LASIK take?

On the day of your procedure, plan on being at our eye surgery center for approximately 2-3 hours. This allows time for the review and signing of your consent forms, arranging payment, and the initial prepping of your eye(s). You will be in the LASIK suite of our eye surgery center for about 15 minutes. Following the procedure, you will need to wait 20 to 30 minutes for a brief examination prior to leaving.

Does LASIK hurt?

Laser vision correction is associated with little or no discomfort. You will be awake the entire time and will be given numbing drops for any possible discomfort. Most patients describe the sensation as little more than a slight pressure. The actual laser treatment takes less than one minute.

Are there risks associated with LASIK?

Of course, no surgery is risk-free, but according to an extensive FDA study in 2014, LASIK has an excellent record of visual results, minimal risks/complications and very high patient satisfaction. Most patients in the study (more than 95%) achieved 20/20 vision or better after their procedure and all were very satisfied with their results.

How quickly can I return to normal activities?

Most patients are able to return to normal activities (including driving and working) within 24 hours of having LASIK. We like to recommend that you take a long nap immediately following your procedure. Most patients love this recommendation!

It is also important to avoid specific activities like swimming, vigorous workouts and rubbing your eyes for a period of time after having LASIK. Many patients report greatly improved vision as soon as they sit up after the procedure. Yay! Many more report significant improvement by their follow-up visit the day after their procedure.

Can I have LASIK if I have astigmatism?

Yes, the vast majority of patients who have astigmatism are great candidates for LASIK. Years ago, this was not the case, but because of amazing advances in technology, astigmatism can be treated with LASIK in most cases. Contact us for a FREE LASIK consultation to determine if you are an ideal candidate.

Can I have both eyes done at the same time?

Definitely! Although there is no extra charge for choosing to have separate procedures, most patients choose the convenience of having both eyes done at the same time.

PRK

PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) was at one time the most common laser eye surgery. It uses the same excimer laser as LASIK to reshape the outer layer of the cornea to correct for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. PRK was the first excimer laser procedure approved for use in the United States.

PRK

Often used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism, PRK vision correction surgery is a ‘flap-free’ procedure that has comparable results to LASIK. Because of the similar outcomes, PRK is a common LASIK alternative.

How is PRK different than LASIK?

We don’t really know about the chicken and the egg. But we do know that PRK pre-dates LASIK. In both cases, a laser is used to correct any refractive issues on the corneal surface.

The main difference between PRK and LASIK is in how the cornea is accessed. LASIK creates a thin flap on the surface of the cornea. With PRK, the very thin outer layer of the cornea (epithelium) is gently swabbed away to allow your Hiatt Eye Center surgeon access to a larger treatment area. This outer layer naturally regenerates itself after surgery.

How do I know which one is right for me?

LASIK is certainly the most widely performed refractive procedure in the United States today. Because the corneal surface is left intact, most patients report a very high comfort level following the procedure and almost instant improvement in their vision.

PRK is most commonly used for patients who have somewhat thin or irregular corneas.

At your consultation, your Hiatt Eye Center surgeon will discuss with you which procedure is the best choice for you.

Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

Refractive lens exchange (RLE) is a great alternative to LASIK, PRK and other vision correction procedures.

In some cases, patients who are not good candidates for more common methods of laser vision correction may qualify for RLE. The refractive lens exchange procedure is sometimes called clear lens exchange (CLE).

One of our Hiatt Eye Center team members can help you determine which vision correction procedure is best for you.

Chart showing different lenses for eye surgery

Using the same intraocular lens options seen in cataract surgery (LifeStyle Lenses), refractive lens exchange is used to correct vision when cataracts are not present. For this reason, RLE is an elective procedure, unlike cataract surgery.

This procedure effectively corrects nearsightedness or farsightedness by replacing your eye’s natural lens with an artificial one that helps the eye focus correctly. It can also correct astigmatism.

The surgery itself is similar to cataract surgery and lens replacement. Added Bonus: Because the natural eye lens is no longer in place, patients who undergo RLE are no longer at risk of developing cataracts, even as they age.

How Does Refractive Lens Exchange Work?

Before you undergo refractive lens exchange, you and your Hiatt Eye Center doctor will discuss which intraocular lens—we call them LifeStyle Lenses—will give you the best results for your particular needs and lifestyle.

Do you love the outdoors? Play a lot of golf? Work at a computer? Is your lifestyle very active? We can help you select the lens to match the way you live your life.

Your vision following refractive eye surgery will depend on the lens chosen. While a clear lens is an option, LifeStyle Lenses often result in better vision at all distances, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses.

During refractive lens exchange surgery, the natural lens of your eye is removed. The lens will then be replaced with the chosen IOL. The surgery uses laser technology to give a highly customized result. The IOL sits inside your eye, rather than on the surface like a contact lens. This means you will not feel or see the new lens.

Is Refractive Lens Exchange Right for Me?

No two eyes are exactly alike, and a thorough consultation is necessary to determine your candidacy for refractive surgery. Your Hiatt Eye Center doctor will help you decide which vision correction surgery is the best fit for you.

Note: RLE can be a good option for patients with extreme prescriptions, presbyopia or thin corneas.

The most common candidates for RLE are:

  • Patients over the age of 40 who wish to eliminate the need for reading glasses permanently.
  • Patients who are experiencing the early onset of cataracts and wish to have surgery before the cataract worsens.
  • People under the age of 40 who have extreme prescriptions or thin corneas – RLE is generally recommended over LASIK or PRK in these cases.

Your Great Vision Awaits. Call 480-641-3937 today or use the quick form below to schedule your vision correction consultation.

Visian ICL

Visian ICLEveryone deserves great vision! At Hiatt Eye Center, this isn’t just something we say. We believe it wholeheartedly.

So, for the small percentage of patients who are not ideal LASIK candidates, Hiatt Eye Center has alternative procedures to improve your vision and your quality of life.

For people with moderate to severe nearsightedness, as well as those who suffer from severe dry eye or thin corneas, the Visian ICL procedure is an excellent option.

Visian ICL is a simple, 15-minute procedure with a quick recovery time and many benefits, including:

  • No-maintenance permanent solution to better vision.
  • Improved vision without the hassles of corrective eyewear.
  • Minimally invasive, virtually painless procedure.
  • Reversible with removable lens if necessary.

SMILE

Smiling WomanIf you’ve been told you’re not a candidate for LASIK, you may have a new reason to SMILE 🙂 SMILE, which is an acronym for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction, is an innovative new method of performing laser eye surgery. SMILE opens the opportunity of laser vision correction to even more individuals who want to be free of glasses and contacts.

How Does SMILE Work?

With this minimally invasive procedure, a microscopic “lenticule” (disc of tissue) is created inside the intact cornea and extracted through a small opening. SMILE is gentle to the eye and does not involve creating a corneal flap (LASIK Lite – “LASIK without the flap”), and studies show the SMILE technique offers excellent stability along with minimal incidence of dry eye. It is a groundbreaking milestone in laser vision correction for many who have always dreamed of a life free of glasses and contacts but weren’t candidates for LASIK or other procedures for various reasons.

 

AM I a Candidate for SMILE?

For certain patients with dry eyes and other corneal surface issues, SMILE may be a great option. Ask your Hiatt Eye Center doctor if SMILE is right for you. As with all laser eye surgery, the ideal procedure for each individual depends on a number of factors and is determined after comprehensive testing.

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