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Welcome to our LASIK and Ophthalmology Practice in Asheville, NC

Asheville residents get it. There’s much more to life than the hustle and bustle of city life, and sometimes that fresh mountain air is just what the doctor ordered to inspire and invigorate you.

Whether you’re immersing yourself in local arts and history, or catching a brew at one of the many local craft breweries, Asheville is not only a great place to visit, but an incredible place to call home.

Our LASIK Eye Laser Clinic in Asheville, North Carolina Welcomes You!

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It’s also an incredible place to undergo the LASIK procedure!

Woolfson Eye Institute, located in Asheville, is one of the leading LASIK surgery providers in the Southeast. In fact, over 300 eye doctors have entrusted Dr. Woolfson with their own LASIK surgery.

In addition, Woolfson LASIK has performed over 100,000 LASIK procedures total, across several locations around the Southeastern United States (including North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia).

So if you live in or around the Asheville area, and are looking for an ophthalmologist to perform your laser eye surgery, you won’t find more qualified providers than the ones that happen to be right in your own backyard.


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What’s the next step?

If you are serious about LASIK, we encourage you to contact our Asheville location to schedule your evaluation. We take great pride in providing positive outcomes for patients, so our first step is to ensure that you are in fact a candidate for LASIK surgery (if you’re not, don’t worry. We have other options available that will give you the same result).

What are you waiting for? Your best vision could be just a few weeks away, so contact us today!


Frequently Asked Questions

What does eye pressure feel like?

It can feel differently from patient to patient. Eye pressure can feel like a stretching sensation behind or inside of the eye. It can also feel as if the eye is full or heavy.

If you experience any of these symptoms, please call Woolfson Eye Institute for a consultation appointment. It’s better to treat your symptoms now before they get worse.

For more information, please visit our glaucoma page.

What causes pressure in or behind the eyes?

Pressure inside of the eyes is part of a disease process called glaucoma. Glaucoma is when the pressure builds up in the eye and that causes gradual decline in the patient’s vision.

When patients have pressure in their eyes, it’s very rare that it would actually be pressure inside the eye. More typically that has to do with pressure around the eyes.

Let us explain.

The eyes are surrounded by a bony structure called the orbit, and surrounding the orbit is the sinuses. You have sinuses below your eyes and above your eyes. So when people feel pressure in their eyes, it is typically pressure in the sinuses surrounding the eyes.

The following list consists of factors that cause or are associated with ocular hypertension (situation when a person feels pressure inside the eye) – they are virtually the same as the causes of glaucoma, as well.

  • Excessive aqueous production: This is the clear fluid produced in the eye. With too much fluid production, a patient will feel pressure in the eye.
  • Inadequate aqueous drainage: If the fluid drains slowly from the eye, this can cause increased eye pressure.
  • Eye trauma
  • Certain medications: Ocular hypertension is a side effect of certain medications (i.e. steroid eye drops, etc).
  • Other eye conditions
  • Race, age, and family history

If you experience any of these symptoms, please call Woolfson Eye Institute for a consultation appointment. It’s better to treat your symptoms now before they get worse.

For more information, please visit our glaucoma page.

How do you choose a LASIK surgeon?

Don’t choose a LASIK surgeon based solely on cost/pricing. You know the saying, “you get what you pay for”? Well that applies here.

Choose a LASIK surgeon with a lot of experience and the right training/credentials. Check out their patient reviews online. Schedule a consultation to make sure you feel comfortable during your experience at the office.

There are a lot more things to consider when choosing the right LASIK surgeon for you or your family!

Please read our blog posts related to this topic: What Credentials Should I Look for When Selecting a LASIK Surgeon?

14 Important Points to Consider before Selecting your LASIK Surgeon

How much does LASIK cost?

While we certainly understand that pricing is a factor in determining whether or not you are able to have LASIK surgery, we put forth every effort to ensure each patient (who is a candidate for LASIK surgery) will be able to pay for it.

We also offer financing options at Woolfson Eye Institute. Your decision should be based on the experience and care you will receive, and not solely on price, but at Woolfson Eye Institute our goal is make LASIK surgery affordable for everyone. In fact, we are able to connect you to financing programs that start as low as $57 per month to cover the cost of your laser eye surgery.

Also, here’s a warning about bargain pricing for LASIK….

You may see offers for LASIK surgery that seem too good to be true. When you see a suspiciously low number, be very wary. This is a frequent tactic used to get people in the door, but may not accurately reflect the true costs associated with the LASIK procedure. LASIK ads are sometimes comparable to commercials advertising satellite TV—the $29/month price in the ad ultimately costs you 3-5 times that number.

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Typically, these low numbers do not include essential LASIK surgery costs, such as your pre-operative exam and consultation, as well as post-surgical follow-up care. At Woolfson Eye Institute, our price includes your pre-operative evaluation, at least a full year of post-operative care, lubricant eye drops, and for most patients, the Woolfson Lifetime Assurance Plan.

Call Woolfson Eye Institute for more details regarding pricing and to schedule your consultation appointment.

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Why is my vision blurry?

Do you oftentimes find that your vision is blurry? Do you have trouble seeing fine details? Do objects often appear out of focus and hazy? Do you wonder why you’re suffering from blurry vision?

These are all symptoms or signs of blurred vision, and there are many reasons why someone might suffer from this condition. No matter if it occurs in one eye (called unilateral blurred vision) or both eyes (called bilateral blurred vision), blurry vision should be professionally evaluated and treated right away.

Blurred vision can be the result of eye diseases and eye conditions such as:

  • nearsightedness (myopia)
  • farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • astigmatism
  • glaucoma
  • dry eyes
  • refractive eye conditions
  • cataracts
  • contact lens problems
  • age-related macular degeneration

Certain medications can cause blurry sight, such as:

  • antidepressants
  • heart medications
  • oral contraceptives
  • cancer therapy drugs

If you’d like to learn more about which medications can cause blurred vision, visit this informative page.

If you experience blurred vision along with sudden nausea, stiff neck, severe headache, and/or vomiting, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you are suffering from any of the symptoms or signs mentioned above, seek medical attention as soon as possible. At Woolfson Eye Institute, we diagnose and treat blurry vision quite often. It is very important to start treatment by first determining the root cause.

Our doctors are trained and experienced to find out why you’re experiencing this condition. Call us to schedule your appointment!

I was told I’m not a candidate for LASIK. What are my options?

At Woolfson Eye Institute, our commitment to customized vision is why, in addition to LASIK, we offer a variety of other refractive surgery options designed to improve vision problems caused by refractive errors. These alternative treatment options allow us to treat patients who are not good candidates for LASIK.

Photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) is an alternative to LASIK. For individuals with corneal scarring, thin corneas, and other corneal conditions, PRK may be the best treatment option. As with all refractive patients, during your comprehensive evaluation, you will be advised if PRK is the treatment option ideally suited for you to achieve your best vision at any age.

If you’ve been told that you’re not a candidate for LASIK, call us today to schedule your appointment!

This website provides general information & a list of our services. The information on this website is solely meant to assist you in your search for an eye specialist. You are urged to seek the advice of an eye specialist before undergoing any eye procedure. This site is intended for use only by healthy adult individuals. Any information on this website is not to be used as a substitute to seeking medical advice.