LA SIGHT DID AN AMAZING JOB
I highly recommend LA Sight, Dr. Wallace & his staff were all fantastic. I was slightly nearsighted (-1.5) before LASIK, but now I can see better than 20/20 (now 20/15). I have no negative side effects except slight dry eye, which is supposed to be temporary (and I can already tell it is improving 2 weeks out). LA Sight did an amazing job and I definitely recommend anyone interested to check them out. To give you a full picture of what to expect here, I wrote a pretty long description so hopefully prospective patients find it useful!
I live in Las Vegas, but have family in Southern California so I opted to go with LA-based Lasik surgeons rather than where I am now. I settled on LA Sight based on reviews and the fact that they are a single provider, not part of a large practice with multiple offices – that was just my personal preference though. I liked seeing the same people on every appointment.
I came in for 3 consecutive days, the first was the consultation and pre-op, the next was the operation, and the last was the check-up. The first 2 days took about an hour each, the check up only took about 15 minutes. During the pre-op my eyes were dilated which gave me a headache for the rest of the day, so be prepared for that. If you arrive early you can find free parking on the adjacent residential streets, just watch out for street sweeping schedules posted.
Dr. Wallace uses custom wavefront correction for all the procedures, but offers different flap creation methods. At the time of my procedure, there was: Conventional microkeratome ($1400/eye), all laser ($1750/eye) and RELEX SMILE ($1750/eye). I opted for the microkeratome, as my corneal thickness was fine and Dr. Wallace himself said I could go with any method I wanted. He said the $700 extra goes literally to the cost of running the laser itself, and that he doesn’t upcharge at all for it. I really appreciated his candor in explaining each method openly, without trying to do any sort of up sell.
My prescription going in was a mild -1.5 in both eyes with a very slight astigmatism in one. They measured my eyes at least 4 times to make sure everything was consistent – they really are careful and precise with their diagnostics. The $2800 mentioned above was all I paid, there were no other fees or upcharges. To others considering LASIK, however, realize you do need to buy some prescriptions and eye drops in addition. I was prescribed PREDNISOLONE ACETATE (steroid) and OFLAXACIN (antibiotic) and the cost to me was about $28, with my insurance paying the other $28. You will also need several boxes of artificial tears that are preservative free (each box is about ~$10 for ~36 vials which will last you about a month).
Prior to the surgery/consultation I stopped wearing my soft contact lenses 2 weeks in advance (you need them out longer for rigid lenses). The day before/of the surgery and consultation I also stopped drinking alcohol and caffeine as these can dehydrate you. I also had to practice not touching my eyes in the shower, as you need to avoid this after surgery. In addition, I started taking Omega 3 supplements, as these are reported to sometimes help with eye hydration. I did all of this based on internet research, as I didn’t actually see Dr. Wallace until the day before since I lived out of state.
The day of surgery was extremely easy. They prescribe a valium and let you sit in a nice relaxation room. The surgery itself was only about 10-15 minutes. They tape your eyelids and eye lashes back and then insert a speculum that keeps you from blinking. From here, because I chose the microkeratome they placed a small metal platform on my eye which suctioned down. Towards the end of the suctioning is when I had my first uncomfortable feeling – kind of like your eye popping a little bit outward – but on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being extremely uncomfortable) it was honestly a 3. As other reviews have said, it isn’t really painful, just uncomfortable. Next the blade slides across the front of your eye and you can feel it vibrating. When this was done on my first eye it was more like a 4 or 5 on the scale above with a little pain. The second eye it was more like a 3. It felt more or less like something painful in your eye, such as an eyelash or a contact that got lost in your eye. After that everything was easy – throughout all the other steps (placing a tracking dye, measuring thickness, opening flap, closing flap) I barely felt a thing.
Unfortunately Yelp cuts off reviews any longer than this, so if you want to read the rest of my experience just head here: