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Are You Considering LASIK?

We’ve compiled 3 simple reasons to follow before you decide to go for the cheap LASIK deal.

Rule #1 - Let's Be Real.

Is Cheap LASIK at $250 per eye true? Do private LASIK office charge more because it’s safer?

The short answer is no.
The differences between a private LASIK surgeon and a LASIK corporate/chain practice aren't many. Starting with price, you're on your way to understanding why people don’t go for the cheap surgery.

Some chains push cheaper LASIK surgery by beefing up semi-old LASIK technology as up-to-date. While their machine could be a few years old or older than that, they're focused on collecting large volumes of new patients to generate multiple surgeries per day to cut costs and maintain profits.

Therefore, the actual time you see with the LASIK surgeon is very little. In fact, after the surgery, most people never see that doctor again.

When you get less time with the surgeon and get a standard LASIK surgery, these locations can provide LASIK at a much lower cost.

Even if they DO carry the latest LASIK technology, there is one secret they don’t share until you call them. Barely anyone gets the $199, $250, or even $300 per eye. In fact, it's a lot closer to $1,500 to $2,000 for LASIK patients who finally decide to work with that location. The actual cost is hard to know because no matter where you decide to go for LASIK, your eyesight and eye health are the ultimate determiners of what may be involved.

In general, cheap LASIK locations will that argue your prescription is too high, which demands more time, effort, etc. The cheap deal they offered, however, was only meant for simple procedures.

Check out reviews online and see for yourself what their own patients admitted about the pricing.

Although the tier pricing could be a deal-breaker for some people who have small refraction errors, the chances are that if you're considering LASIK, you're in the more expensive price range. A private LASIK surgeon often matches or competes in pricing.

Rule #2 - Private Practice Means Better Experience

What makes a private practice any different?

Typically, you’ll have a much better relationship with a private LASIK surgeon and his/her staff. The office could be structured in a way where you'll see not only the surgeon, but there are often other doctors to co-manage your entire LASIK process. When you decide to fork over the hundreds of dollars you've saved or pay monthly installments on a budget, knowing that you're working with people who will give you their time of day and care is worthwhile.

The added support you’ll receive before, during, and after surgery will grant you far more personal attention than a large chain. Furthermore, LASIK studies on surgeries correlate a greater percentage of successful surgeries with fewer side effects from careful pre-testing and thorough evaluation of candidacy. A plus you’ll get with a private practice and possibly in a larger chain.

Dr. Richard Chu is the medical director and Lasik surgeon of EYEWORKS group and Chu Eye Institute. This private practice recently invested in the latest Excimer Laser System by Johnson and Johnson called the iLASIK® platform. The iLASIK® platform utilizes the STAR S4 IR® Excimer Laser System, WaveScan WaveFront® System, as well as the iFS® Advanced Femtosecond Laser during the LASIK procedure to provide the most accurate LASIK procedure possible.

Not only will the average patient walk away with the most accurate vision possible, but the newer technology boasts better vision with less risk factor. The entire eye is scanned with digital imaging and a contour map of your eyes will be presented to Dr. Chu to review. He'll discuss with you what the surgery will involve and guide you on the process from beginning to end.

Rule #2 - LASIK is a Once in a Lifetime Decision

Unless on the rare occasion you need a minor touchup, LASIK is a procedure that’s done once.

Many people undergo LASIK surgery from various practices and might turn to the cheaper locations. While they can see 20/20, LASIK surgery still carries risks that can be avoided. There are often side effects that are temporary, but knowing that you'll have a private doctor available to help you far outweighs the big chain that, more or less, would prefer you to not bother them anymore.

Why go cheap when you can really get the best possible care? Plus, nothing beats finding a new eye doctor who will be happy to see you time and time againt to support and care for your future eye health.

By Alex Schiro

Updated March 8, 2018

Should I Go Cheap With LASIK?


Meet the Top Ft. Worth LASIK Surgeon


Dr. Richard Chu, D.O.

Board Certified Ophthalmologist

Dr. Richard Chu, D.O. is the medical director at Chu Eye Associates. He is a board certified ophthalmologist who has had sub-specialist fellowship training in laser vision correction, cataract, and cornea surgery. He is a national lecturer, and serves in the leadership structure of the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons.

Dr. Chu is a native Texan, and graduated from Fort Worth Country Day School. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Emory University. He is proud to come from a family of eye care professionals. His mother Lena Chu, OD and brother, Robert Chu, O.D. have practiced in Fort Worth for over 37 years combined. This family experience has helped him gain a deep appreciation for ocular disease and a compassion for patient care which served him well throughout medical school. He graduated from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and was awarded the Marilyn A. Schaffner Award Scholarship for being an outstanding physician.

Dr. Chu completed his Ophthalmology residency at Michigan State University where he served as chief resident. During residency, he was awarded the distinguished Patrick Murray Award in 2010 and was honored to be elected as the national Chair of the Council of Residents and Fellows. He has been involved in many clinical research projects and invited to present to his peers at national meetings. He is published in the field of corneal disease and dry eye. He has served as a clinical instructor for University of Missouri at St. Louis optometric students. Following residency, Dr. Chu completed fellowship training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Pepose Vision Institute in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Chu trained extensively under Jay Pepose, M.D., a pioneer of refractive laser surgery and a clinical professor of ophthalmology at the Washington University. Dr. Chu specializes in advanced cataract surgeries, corneal transplantation, and LASIK surgery.

Dr. Chu is delighted to be home in Fort Worth and rejoin his family at Chu Eye Institute.

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