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Elisa Lewis McKleveyElisa Lewis McKlevey ★★★★★ The doctor took his time and explained the process to me. I was satisfied with the service.Ronald SchoenholzRonald Schoenholz ★★★★★ They were so detailed and professional during the entirety of this 2 hour appointment. Dr. Brody was easy to understand and made me feel very comfortable about undergoing this delicate procedure.Carmen StevensonCarmen Stevenson ★★★★☆ Great staff!! Just takes time to be seen that’s why I gave it four 🌟. Dr. Leff is so personable and explains everything in detailT. BradshawT. Bradshaw ★★★★★ I've loved the Woolfson Eye Institute for over a decade. Starting with my Lasik surgery in 2014, and continuing now with a visit to to Dr. Leff for an eye issue. Dr. Leff seems extremely competent, answered all our questions, and doesn't mind a little joking around. The entire staff was also efficient and kind.Dianne RayDianne Ray ★★★★★ Dr. Leff and staff are awesome.Barbara BaileyBarbara Bailey ★★★★★ Very pleased with Dr Cook and entire staff. Day of surgery went like clockwork and I am very pleased with the outcome.crickett warecrickett ware ★★★★★ Very efficient crew and Dr Leff too. They know their stuff!!ndidi obikandidi obika ★★★★★ I am satisfied with the outcome of the surgery and the doctor and the whole team are very caring and supportive,i appreciate everyone of youResponse from the ownerThanks for your excellent review of Woolfson Eye Institute!  We love providing excellent results and we’re grateful for your kind words.  Tonia JTonia J ★★★★★ Hello and good afternoon to make a long story short I went to this place to see Dr Hays, and he made my day I thought I had an abrasion but I ended up having an infection in my eye and going to three different doctors he was the one that got it right after a whole week of pain.Thank you Dr Hayes.. also I forgot I don't want to leave out the tech that assisted me before Dr Hayes came in and take care of me I went to urgent Care and they told me I had an abrasion and I went through paying for a whole week until I met Dr Hayes and he told me the correct information and explain it to me very elementary way what I mean is he used words that I can understand and comprehend thank you to his staff and everyone that work there they made my day..Response from the ownerThank YOU! Thanks for your excellent review of Dr. Hays and our team at Woolfson Eye Institute!  We love providing excellent results and we’re grateful for your kind words.  Dennis GarrisDennis Garris ★★★★★ Great doctor. Honest and good at her craft.Response from the ownerGreat to hear! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your 5-star review. Thanks! Mike RushingMike Rushing ★★★★★ Dr. Yoder professional and informed on medications . Front staff pleasant put you at ease . Couldn’t ask for better. I highly recommend there service !Response from the ownerThank you so much for your recommendation to others! And thank you for your exceptional review of Dr. Yoder and our team at WEI. Thanks! John TomlinsonJohn Tomlinson ★★★★★ I was able to get an appointment very quickly with the doctor of my choice, Dr. Salmenson. He is always willing to fully inform me of his findings and made sure that I understood what I needed to do. Highly capable and I trust his professional judgment and advice. I highly recommend him!Response from the ownerThank you so much for your recommendation of Dr. Salmenson and our team to others! And thank you for your exceptional review of our team at WEI. Thanks! js_loader

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Meet our LASIK Surgeons

Dr. Jonathan Woolfson - LASIK surgeon in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Specializing in LASIK surgery.

Jonathan Woolfson, MD

Founder & Medical Director

Dr. Jason S. Brody - Eye surgeon in Atlanta, Cumming, Lawrenceville, and Snellville, Georgia. Specializing in Cataract and Cornea treatments.

Jason S. Brody, MD

Referral Ophthalmologist

Dr. Byron "Trip" Cook - Eye surgeon in Atlanta, Cumming, and Lawrenceville, Georgia. Specializing in LASIK, Keratoconus, PRK, Cataract, and Cornea.

Byron “Trip” Cook, MD

Referral Ophthalmologist

Dr. Eric Jennings - eye surgeon serving Atlanta, Douglasville, Snellville, and Canton, Georgia. Specializing in LASIK, Cataract, and Cornea treatments.

Eric Jennings, MD

Referral Ophthalmologist

Dr. Leo Zlotcavitch - Eye surgeon serving Atlanta, Cumming, and Lawrenceville, Georgia. Specializing in LASIK, Cataract, Glaucoma, Keratoconus, and Cornea treatments.

Leo Zlotcavitch, MD

Referral Ophthalmologist

Dr. James Hays - Eye surgeon serving Atlanta, Georgia. Specializing in Cataract and Cornea treatments.

James Hays, MD

Referral Ophthalmologist

Dr. Benjamin Wilson - Eye surgeon serving Asheville, North Carolina and Johnson City, Tennessee. Specializing in LASIK and Cataract treatments.

Benjamin Wilson, MD

LASIK & Cataracts Specialist

Dr. John Prenshaw - Eye surgeon in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Specializing in Cataract, Glaucoma, Dry Eye, and Cornea treatments.

John Prenshaw, MD

Referral Ophthalmologist

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Q. Will the procedure hurt?

Most patients feel pressure but not significant pain. Anesthetic drops prior to surgery help to numb the surface of the eye, minimizing the chances of discomfort during the procedure. You may experience a dry, scratchy sensation immediately after surgery, but most patients are quite comfortable after taking a short nap. Any mild discomfort after surgery should respond well to the eye lubricant drops provided in your free post-operative care.

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Q. How hard is it to look at the light during surgery?

For some individuals it can be challenging, while for others it is no big deal. Since our team has performed over 100,000 LASIK procedures, we are confident that we can get you through it. This should not be an issue that determines whether or not you decide to undergo the LASIK procedure.

Q. What can I expect on surgery day?

You can expect the following:

  • Plan on being at Woolfson Eye for 2-3 hours
  • Dress comfortably and warmly (the laser room is cool)
  • Arrange for a ride home
  • Procedure time of approximately 10-15 minutes
  • Total laser time of 20-70 seconds per eye
  • Rest comfortably after your LASIK procedure
  • Eye drops and shields for use during sleep for first four days or as directed by your doctor
Q. What pre-operative issues do I need to be aware of?

Your refraction must be performed on a stable eye and cornea. Our Contact Lens Removal Guidelines are as follows:

  • Soft Daily Wear – 2 weeks
  • Soft Extended Wear – 2 weeks
  • RGP / Hard Lenses – 4 weeks plus 1 week per decade of wear
  • Toric – Minimum 2 weeks

You should not wear any jewelry, makeup, perfume or hairspray on surgery day.

Q. Are there any Risks?

Yes, there are risks. Significant complications occur about as frequently as wearing contacts for a few years (including less severe complications such as dry eye or glare). Just like wearing contacts, there is a risk of permanent loss of best vision. While most Woolfson LASIK patients are very pleased with the results of their LASIK surgery, like any other medical procedure, there are risks involved. Please click here to learn more about the risks of LASIK.

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Woolfson Eye Institute feels strongly that an informed patient is a happy patient. During your comprehensive consultation, our doctors will ensure you understand the risks and benefits of having LASIK surgery in order for you to make the best decision for yourself.

Hundreds of eye doctors have had LASIK on their own eyes – Dr. Woolfson has operated on over 300 eye doctors. We feel this puts the relative risk in perspective, and we’re honored to have been chosen by so many eye doctors to do their surgery.

Q. Does Woolfson Eye Institute stand behind my results?

Absolutely! Woolfson Eye Institute stands behind the results of our surgeons. While we cannot guarantee that you will have perfect distance vision for a lifetime, our Lifetime Assurance Plan is designed to help you maintain excellent vision forever. Most nearsighted patients qualify for the plan, provided they have no significant health problems and are not outside the prescription range covered by the plan. Even the small number of patients who do not qualify for the Lifetime Plan are eligible for free re-treatments, if medically appropriate, for two years following their procedures.

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Q. What will my recovery be like?

Most LASIK patients are functional and legal to drive the next day. We encourage patients to take a rest day after surgery. While most patients notice dramatic visual results within the first few days following their procedure, the speed of visual recovery depends on personal healing patterns and the amount of treatment provided. Patients with extremely high prescriptions, for instance, often recover more slowly, but tend to be some of our happiest patients.

We also encourage our patients to avoid swimming pools and hot tubs for one week. In addition, please do not participate in any ball sports for about a week.

Q. What is the average recovery time?

With a busy schedule, including family, work, and other commitments, the amount of time you must allow for recovery is a valid concern for anyone considering laser eye surgery.

We sometimes tell our patients that “LASIK is like magic,” which of course is hyperbole, but for most patients, the recovery time following LASIK is minimal.

Patients commonly undergo the procedure and then have 20/20 vision (and minimal irritation to the eyes) the very next day.

Q. How Long After LASIK Before I Can Resume Normal Activities?

Most patients are able to return to work the following day. Apart from your post-procedure instructions, you will be free to resume most of your normal activities, except for the restrictions below:

  • Do not shower until the day following your procedure. When you do shower, avoid letting water directly in your eyes.
  • Do not rub your eyes for at least seven (7) days.
  • Do not wear eye makeup for one week.
  • Do not drive the day of your procedure.
  • Do not watch TV or read for prolonged periods of time for a few days.
  • Wear your protective sunglasses for the first two days following your surgery.
  • Do not exercise for one week.
  • Avoid swimming, hot tubs and whirlpools for one week.
  • Avoid outside and dusty environments for one week.
  • Avoid contact sports that could result in an eye injury for one month.

We understand that many people research about LASIK recovery times before they have their procedure. If you’ve been researching and thinking about having laser vision correction surgery for a while now, but haven’t yet, give us a call today (contact us today) to schedule your free LASIK evaluation!

Woolfson Eye Institute has LASIK centers across the Southeast in Georgia (Atlanta/Sandy Springs, Airport Location, Cumming, Lawrenceville), North Carolina (Asheville), and Tennessee (Chattanooga, Knoxville). We are prepared to give you your best vision, so contact us today!

Q. When can I exercise again? How about wearing makeup?

Approximately 48 hours after your surgery, you will be able to resume a light exercise routine (please allow one week for more strenuous workout routines). Do not push yourself too hard, and make sure to check with your Woolfson eye doctor for more information and details. As far as wearing makeup, we suggest that you refrain from wearing any kind of eye makeup for approximately one week.

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Q. What is the Lifetime Assurance Plan?

Woolfson Eye Institute’s Lifetime Assurance Plan is an exceptional vision care policy offering LASIK retreatments, known as enhancements, to patients throughout their lifetime. While most patients have a single successful treatment, a small percentage of patients may require a slight fine-tuning of their result. Patients who are eligible for the program receive enhancements with similar technology free of charge.

Eligible patients will be given a Woolfson Eye Institute Lifetime Assurance Passport to document their compliance in returning for post-operative visits and their yearly examinations with an affiliate eye doctor.

If you have any questions about the Lifetime Assurance Program, please call 1.866.LASER.22 (866.527.3722).

Q. What kind of results can I expect?

Depending on your prescription and how quickly you heal, you may experience the results of LASIK immediately. Most Woolfson Eye Institute patients are capable of reading the clock in the laser room moments after their procedure, and usually demonstrate legal driving vision the next day. You can expect your vision to continue to improve over the next few days or weeks, as your eye doctor monitors your progress at your regularly scheduled appointments.

For most patients, laser vision correction permanently reshapes the cornea, resulting in excellent vision even many years later. A small percentage of the more than 200,000 eyes that our surgeons have treated, have required a repeat treatment or a ‘LASIK enhancement.’

As with any other medical procedure, there are risks involved. Please visit our Risks & Benefits page to learn more.

Q. What is the cost of LASIK?

Would you choose a brain surgeon or a heart surgeon based on price? We didn’t think so. Your eyes are obviously one of your most important assets. They allow you to experience the world around you. Why on earth would you risk your vision with a bargain-priced eye surgery provider?

While we’re sure you’ve seen many advertisements for cheap LASIK surgery, keep in mind that is simply a ploy to get you in the door and to upsell you on the specific treatment you really need. We are certainly not the cheapest LASIK provider, nor do we want to be.

Our mission has always been to provide quality refractive surgery procedures at a reasonable price. Providing the level of service and care that every patient should demand requires a higher fee than the $499 per eye that some LASIK providers (falsely) advertise.

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Q. Are there ways to make LASIK more affordable?

Woolfson Eye Institute can assist you in obtaining financing with monthly payments as low as $48.00.

If you have a Medical Flex-Spending Account through your employer, you can use pre-tax earnings to reduce your effective cost by hundreds of dollars.

Many companies participate in our Group Advantage Plan, which can significantly reduce the cost of your procedure. Check with your employer; if they do not currently participate, we may be able to offer the program to your company prior to your payment for LASIK.

Of course, you also have the option of extending your payment period by using most major credit cards.

Q. Who are my doctors and what will they do?

At Woolfson Eye Institute, we believe in a team approach that includes you, your private eye doctor, our team of eye doctors and our surgeon working towards your personalized treatment plan. In fact, our team of doctors has performed over 100,000 LASIK procedures!

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The process begins when you schedule your LASIK consultation with a Woolfson Eye Institute doctor or your private Woolfson Eye Institute-affiliated eye doctor who will provide a complete examination to assure that you are a candidate for LASIK. This pre-operative visit usually requires a dilation that can lengthen your visit and leave your vision temporarily blurred. Your doctor’s office then schedules your surgery, and your pre-op exam results are transferred to the Woolfson Eye Institute surgeon and Clinical Directors for careful planning of your procedure.

Following surgery, your doctor will closely monitor your progress for a full year. After your year of free follow-up care, you need to be seen on an annual basis in order to maintain eligibility for the Lifetime Assurance Plan.

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Atlanta, GA

800 Mount Vernon Hwy NE Suite 130
Atlanta, GA 30328

Airport Location

1691 Phoenix Blvd., South Pointe Bldg., Ste. 195
Atlanta, GA 30349

Cumming, GA

1505 Northside Forsyth Dr #1200
Cumming, GA 30041

Lawrenceville, GA

1980 Riverside Pkwy #103
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Douglasville, GA

8458 Campbellton Street
Douglasville, GA 30134

Canton, GA

1320 Oakside Drive
Canton GA 30114

Marietta, GA

2687 Sandy Plains Road
Marietta GA 30066

Snellville, GA

2085 McGee Rd
Snellville, GA 30078

Asheville, NC

1 Town Sq., Ste. 110
Asheville, NC 28803

Chattanooga, TN

7320 Shallowford Road
Chattanooga, TN 34721

Knoxville, TN

10240 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

Johnson City, TN

2913 Boones Creek Rd, Suite 3
Johnson City, TN 37615

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