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Is there LASIK after 50?

Woolfson Eye Institute takes pride in its ability to provide “Your Best Vision at any Age.” Does that include LASIK for those of us over age 50? Sometimes.

Patients in their 50s who wear contacts or glasses usually have to have separate prescriptions for far and for near. The non-surgical options for patients who need both far and near correction are: 1) bifocal glasses; 2) contact lenses for far plus reading glasses for near; 3) monovision contacts (one lens for far, and one for near); or 4) bifocal or multifocal contact lenses.

LASIK can provide either distance vision or monovision, but can’t provide bifocal correction. Candidacy for having LASIK after 50 is determined just as it is for other patients, but emphasis is placed on determining how close the patient is to requiring cataract surgery.

Cataracts are a clouding of the lens inside the eye. In cataract surgery, the lens is replaced with an artificial lens. Cataract surgery patients are usually in their 60s, 70s, and beyond, but sometimes cataracts can appear earlier in life. Dilation of the pupils and use of a microsope can help determine the level of cataract a patient has. Modern cataract surgery permits patients to opt for results comparable and sometimes even superior to LASIK. Patients who previously needed correction for their distance vision can opt to have their nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism neutralized as part of their cataract procedure.

If you’re over 50, but have little to no signs of cataracts developing, you may be a candidate for LASIK. In fact, corneas strengthen with time, so in some ways, patients in their 50s are at less risk than patients in their teens and 20s! If you’re in your 60s or 70s, it’s far more likely that an evaluation for vision correction surgery would result in the recommendation to go the route of lens implants.

If LASIK is deemed less appropriate for you than lens implants, Woolfson Eye has an impressive team of cataract specialists in the Atlanta metro area: Jason Brody, MD (Sandy Springs, Cumming and Lawrenceville); Trip Cook, MD (Cumming and Lawrenceville); James Hays, MD (Sandy Springs and College Park); Vanessa Ngakeng, MD (Stockbridge and College Park); Brian Salmenson, MD (Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, Lawrenceville and College Park) and Doyle Stulting, MD (Sandy Springs and Cumming).

You probably think of Woolfson Eye Institute as a LASIK center, and you probably think of an evaluation as being only for LASIK. In fact, a Woolfson Eye Institute refractive surgery consult is an opportunity for you to meet with a doctor who specializes in recommending the best treatment for you. We match the patient to the most appropriate procedure. Come see us for a free and thorough evaluation, and we’ll determine which refractive procedure is right for you.

The 3 Cs to Consider When It Comes to LASIK

As with any surgery, there are several factors to consider before deciding to undergo LASIK. We like to think of these factors as the 3 Cs–comfort, cost, and consistency. Maybe your decision-making process will be easier after covering these topics:


It’s natural to assume that a surgical procedure on your eyes will be uncomfortable or even painful, but that’s not typically the case. Before the procedure begins, your surgeon will administer drops that numb the surface of the eye. You may feel some pressure, but the drops significantly reduce the discomfort. LASIK is considered a minimally invasive procedure, and typically comes with only minor discomfort for a day or two. Prescription drops are used to protect from infection and to reduce inflammation. Lubricant drops are provided to moisten the eyes and to further aid in comfort.


LASIK is considered an elective procedure, which means that insurance companies don’t provide coverage. The out-of-pocket cost can seem daunting, but there are several options to help make the expense more manageable. Woolfson Eye Institute can refer you to CareCredit, which offers a 24-month, interest-free financing plan. You may also have an FSA or HSA card that’s provided through your health insurance company. LASIK at Woolfson isn’t cheap, but it can be affordable. When you consider what you spend on contacts or glasses each year, and think about how much will you end up spending over the course of your life, it’s reasonable to also consider how a one-time LASIK fee could end up eliminating a lifetime of eyewear expenses.

Consistency of Results

Safety and effectiveness are two of the most researched topics when it comes to LASIK surgery, and it is often hard to know whose information you can trust. The surgeons at Woolfson Eye Institute have performed well over 100,000 LASIK procedures, and have been experts in the field for over 20 years. In fact, over 300 eye doctors have trusted our surgeons with their LASIK vision correction. Between our top-of-the-line equipment, our seasoned surgeons, optometrists and our team of compassionate assistants, we feel uniquely qualified to accept the challenge of correcting your vision problem. We believe that we have both safety and effectiveness down to a science.

If you have any questions, or if you feel ready to take the next step, please call 1-866-LASER22 and our staff will be happy to help.

You see a bright future ahead of you…Woolfson Eye Institute can help you see it in 20/20.

Woolfson Eye Institute is Offering Teachers 30% Off LASIK!

Teachers are probably just as excited as students that, as Alice Cooper said best, school’s out for summer! Woolfson Eye Institute wants to give teachers another reason to sing. As a small token of our appreciation for the sacrifices they make to educate America’s youth, we are currently offering a 30% back-to-school special discount to all teachers on their LASIK procedure!

That’s right, if you’ve been considering LASIK for some time but just haven’t taken the next step toward scheduling your FREE LASIK evaluation and consultation, now is the time, as this is the best offer we’ve ever made to teachers.

Booking Your Consultation is Easy!

When you schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with a Woolfson LASIK doctor, you’ll qualify for 30% OFF your LASIK procedure. The consultation will enable you to know if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery, but you can click here to learn more about who is the ideal LASIK candidate. In the event that you are not an ideal candidate for LASIK, Woolfson may be able to offer an alternative vision correction procedure that can provide similar results to LASIK.

How Long Will This Offer Last?

This is a back-to-school special, but we realize that each school calendar is different, and the first day of school varies with each school system. Thus, the offer will run until the Friday after Labor Day (September 7th, 2018).

Start the School Year with Your Best Vision!

At Woolfson Eye Institute, we want to provide your best vision at any age. Over 300 eye doctors and have chosen Woolfson Eye Institute for their own LASIK procedure, so trust the doctor the doctors trust!
For more information, or to book your consultation at one of our eight locations around the southeastern U.S., click here for your special offer or give us a call at 1-866-LASIK22 and mention that you’re a teacher when scheduling your FREE consult! We look forward to seeing you at Woolfson Eye Institute!

Dry Eye and LASIK

One common fear among the patients I see at Woolfson Eye Institute is of severely dry eyes after surgery, and it’s a question patients are smart to ask. The short answer is that, yes, your eyes will most likely be a little drier for at least a few weeks or even months following LASIK. On the positive side, surprisingly few patients find the temporary dryness bothersome—in fact, lots of patients have no dryness symptoms at all.

Dry eyes are not necessarily a reason foryou to fear LASIK. In fact, it’s frequently the reason people seek an alternative to contact lenses. Patients with mild dryness often are intolerant of their contact lenses, but usually do very well with LASIK. Our approach at Woolfson Eye Institute is to simply assess the degree of dryness based on your responses to our questions and the results of your dry eye testing. Our job is to classify your dry eye problem as mild, moderate or severe, and then counsel and treat you accordingly.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to predict who is more likely to have dry eyes and also plenty of methods for treating it. If you already have dryness as a symptom, you’re more likely to have similar symptoms or worse right after LASIK. Or, if you’re over 50 years-old, you’ll need to be prepared for the higher chance of at least temporary dryness after LASIK. Farsighted patients often have a tougher time, as well. Some health conditions, like thyroid disease and rheumatoid arthritis can also increase the chances of annoying dryness symptoms.

If your history and our testing lead us to determine that you have mild dry eyes, using lubricant drops before and after surgery is usually the only treatment needed. Moderate dry eyes sometimes need more aggressive treatment, like plugs in the tear canal (called punctal plugs) or prescription eye drops, in order to transform you into a candidate for LASIK. Severe dryness typically means that LASIK is not for you.

Dry eye is worth asking about prior to LASIK, and worth treating before and after LASIK, but it’s not always a deal breaker. When you come and see us at Woolfson Eye Institute, we’ll figure out whether your dryness is likely to be a hurdle.

Having LASIK in Your 30s

One of the most frequently asked questions regarding LASIK surgery is at what age is LASIK recommended.

While the answer to this question varies from person to person, most providers agree that the ideal LASIK candidate is between the ages of 20 and 40. Our eyes change all the time, but especially during our developmental years and after we have reached middle age. If you have considered LASIK but aren’t sure if it is right for you, consider your age and stage in life.

From a medical perspective, your 30s are a wonderful time to consider LASIK. By this time in your life, your prescription has most likely remained stable for a few years as your eyes have reached their full development. This means that there is little chance that your distance vision will deteriorate once corrected. Of course, every eye is different and no guarantees can be made, but for most patients who have LASIK in their 30s, the correction lasts for many years and can be easily enhanced if small changes do occur.

From a social perspective, there are many reasons why your 30s are an ideal time to have LASIK surgery. Many people have settled into their career path by their 30s and have started their families. In the work world and the parenting world, there are so many things to keep up with and to focus on. Life is crazy, exciting, and busy during these years in our lives and sometimes we don’t even realize how much our dependence on our contacts or glasses holds us back. Whether you are a parent whose priority is taking care of your children, or a professional looking to climb the ladder, or both, you deserve freedom from your lenses. Many wish for the ability to get up and go without fumbling around to find glasses or spending time cleaning and inserting contacts. The good news is, this is possible!

Any type of surgery can seem scary, and LASIK is no different.

Our Facebook and website are full of testimonials from our patients who say that LASIK is painless, easy, and absolutely life changing. Most all of our patients also say that they wish they’d had LASIK sooner. LASIK is a safe, effective, and affordable option for permanent vision correction, and the results are instant.

If you are in your 30’s and are interested in learning more about LASIK, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with one of our surgeons. There is no time like the present to treat yourself to the gift of visual freedom and the confidence it brings.

Lights, Camera, LASIK

Perfect face, gorgeous hair, beautiful garments, and Red Carpet appearances – celebrities seem to have it all. But is what we see natural beauty, or did they get a little help?

Celebrities often undergo procedures to improve their appearance, and LASIK is a regular on the list. (Even the most talented among us need help from time to time.) Here is a list of 17 celebrities who have undergone LASIK to reap its wonderful benefits:

  • Brad Pitt
  • Cindy Crawford
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Ashley Simpson
  • Courtney Cox
  • Mel B
  • Elton John
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Tiger Woods
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Michael Bolton
  • Richard Branson
  • Phillip Schofield
  • Keith Richards
  • Troy Aikman
  • Lebron James
  • John Goodman

These celebrities and many more report being delighted with the results they have gotten from LASIK. In fact, some say it’s the best decision they have ever made.

Phillip Schofield, an English TV presenter, wore glasses since the age of 15. He underwent LASIK in 2011. The entire procedure was recorded, and 20 minutes after the procedure was done, a retaking of the eye test was recorded. It displayed better than 20-20 vision. Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones said, “It was a harmless, quick procedure, and I’m very happy with the results.”

It’s not just musicians and movie stars who have benefitted from LASIK, however. Athletes such as Lebron James and Greg Maddux have had the procedure done because an athlete needs the best vision possible to play well. Famous golfer Tiger Woods had to deal with the hassles and frustrations of glasses and contact lenses for many years until he made a decision that changed his life. When speaking of LASIK he said, “As a professional golfer my eye sight was just too important to risk. I know what it’s like to see 20/20. And trust me, life is much better when you see it clearly.”

The good news is you don’t have to be famous to benefit from LASIK. This quick, painless procedure makes having perfect vision a reality for many, and our great financing options make it affordable as well. For more information, visit the LASIK section of our website or call us at 1-866-LASER22.


4 Things to Think About When Considering LASIK

Millions of people consider LASIK eye surgery to correct their vision problems, but a much smaller percentage actually schedule time with a surgeon to see if they are strong candidates for the procedure. If you’ve considered having LASIK, but just can’t seem to make up your mind, here are a few tips that might help you:

1. Do your research –

There is a wealth of information available online about LASIK, but you need to be sure you’re using credible sources to gather the facts. Reputable organizations like the American Refractive Surgery Council and the American Academy of Ophthalmology can provide great information to help you decide whether LASIK is right for you. You can also check out the websites of reputable ophthalmology practices near you, many of which have a LASIK self evaluation you can take to see if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Finally, ask friends and neighbors who have had LASIK about their experiences.

2. Review pricing options –

LASIK prices can vary from practice to practice. You should spend some time comparing prices to see what fits your budget. You may also want to research financing options and special offers that may be available to you. Tax refunds and/or flex spending accounts can be great ways to pay for LASIK.

3. Learn about the doctor –

When talking with a LASIK surgeon, it is a good idea to ask about their education, experience, and what to expect during the procedure. The surgeon will probably also have questions for you. These questions will help determine if the LASIK procedure will be safe, have long-lasting results, and be able to fulfill your expectations. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get all the answers you need to make the right decision for you.

4. Know the risks –

In most cases the benefits of LASIK far outweigh the minimal risks, but it’s still important to know what risks you may face during laser surgery. Be sure to address all your concerns so you walk away feeling secure in your knowledge of the procedure and what you can expect.

Once you’ve done your research, met with the doctor, and weighed all the pros and cons, you will be armed with the right information to make a good decision. If you’re ready to learn more about LASIK surgery at Woolfson Eye Institute, you can schedule a FREE consult today.

The Myth of $299 LASIK

Are you scouring the Internet reading every LASIK article you can find, looking for the best price? Like anyone, you want a good deal.

LASIK is an elective procedure, and while it is affordable for most patients who are serious about improving their vision, it’s not exactly cheap. The question is, do you want to shop for the best price, just like you would if you were shopping for a car?

LASIK is not the same wherever you go. While it may be tempting to take advantage of one of the $299 or $499 per eye “deals” you’ve seen floating around the Internet, it might not be the best way to select an eye surgeon.

There’s a reason that you’ve never seen an advertisement like that from Woolfson Eye Institute, and you never will.

How can LASIK providers charge $299 LASIK? It turns out that they actually can’t.

The Satellite TV Advertising Strategy

You’ve seen the $29/month package that various satellite TV providers like to advertise. While it clearly works to get people to call and inquire about their service, most people discover that they’re not going to get that premium package of channels for anywhere even close to $29/month.

$299 LASIK works the same way. An unrealistic picture of the true costs associated with LASIK surgery are presented to coax you into a phone call, that results in someone politely offering you the upsell.

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, and almost assuredly does not include the cost of future retreatments that might be needed.

Your vision is one of your most precious assets, so it’s important to beware when choosing a LASIK provider who thinks it’s acceptable to present deceptive pricing for something so important.

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, free “touch-ups” via the Woolfson Lifetime Assurance Plan.

Avoid Surprises by Choosing a Reputable LASIK Surgeon (Dr. Woolfson has Performed LASIK on over 300 Eye Doctors)!


We know we aren’t the lowest priced LASIK provider and we’re okay with that. Dr. Woolfson and the rest of our team have performed over 100,000 LASIK surgeries, and we feel that our honesty, integrity, and experience all speak for themselves.

In fact, over 300 eye doctors have chosen Dr. Woolfson for their own LASIK surgery, which is perhaps the biggest compliment anyone can give our practice.

From the consultation and LASIK screening process, all the way through your post-op care, Woolfson Eye Institute is with you every step of the way. We think you and your vision are worth a lot more than some $299 per eye advertising scheme.

If you’re focused on quality and want a LASIK surgeon who can perform your surgery for a reasonable, honest price, give us a call today!

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