Re: lasik question
I paid $4500 to have my eyes "done" about a year ago. One reason for my price being so high is that I had 20/400 vision in each eye, astigmatism (slight) in both eyes, and thin corneas. So, needless to say, my price was higher than someone that's just nearsighted.
I went to Carter Eye Center in Dallas. I wanted the best doctor and also someone with the best equipment. Dr. Carter is a pioneer in the field of eye surgeries. He was one of the first doctors to do lens replacement (for people with cataracts). So, needless to say, I was paying for experience, as well.
I know see 20/15 in my left eye and 20/20 in my right eye. I actually had a procedure called LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratotomy) due to my thin corneas. I wasn't able to have the normal procedure where they can cut back a flap of epithelial tissue so they can laser the eye.
I have a friend I work with who went the discount way. It cost him about $1200. He's already had to go back for another procedure besides his original surgery. He's still wearing glasses. His doctor said they will get it right but that he had to wait a year.
So, I am a firm believer that you do get what you pay for. DO YOUR RESEARCH. I would've had no problem going with a less expensive doctor if I would've felt comfortable with their level of expertise. However, after doing my research, I went with Dr. Carter.