Is LASIK laser eye surgery worth it?

Hi, it’s Dr. Chotiner from Memorial Eye Institute. When I tell people I’m a LASIK surgeon, some of them ask me: “Is laser eye surgery worth it?”

In short, I’d say YES but then I’m somewhat biased. Take a look at our reasons why below…

LASIK is a procedure that uses a laser to change the shape of the cornea to correct for myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism. Simply stated, it addresses refractive errors by correcting the overall shape of the cornea.

The results in vision that most patients agree following laser eye surgery such as LASIK is better than anything they’ve ever experienced with eyeglasses or contact lenses.

They continue to deliver excellent results with minimal risk of side effects.

From a purely economic perspective, it’s easy to see how buying your vision once is more economical than renting it day after day with either glasses or contact lenses.

Over a lifetime, those costs add up, far outpacing the one-time investment in laser eye surgery.

Unlike the forever cost of contact lenses, vision correction surgery is a one time cost.

If you consider the cost of contact lenses and glasses over time, LASIK is well worth it. The earlier you have LASIK, the more time you’ll have to enjoy great vision without contacts or glasses. LASIK has the highest satisfaction rate of any elective surgery performed.

Find out if you’re clinically suitable for vision correction and free virtual vision assessment using our online scheduler, or call us on the number below. This is the ideal next step if you’re serious about clear vision and reducing or eliminating your dependence on corrective eyewear. It will give you the certainty you need regarding the best treatment for you, and it’s also free.

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I was well taken care of. They took good care of my things. Dr. Erik Chotiner did an excellent job. I am so happy to see quite clearly with my eye that has macular degeneration.
Very happy with all the staff, from check in, check out and nursing in pre op. Amazing. Very clean facility. Dr. Chotiner is so efficient and fast. Would recommend him to everyone.
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Excellent care and personal attention are provided at Memorial Eye. Hats off to Dr. E. Chotiner, nurses and staff for making my experience there so great!
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I had cataract surgery and correction of an astigmatism. In one word......excellent!
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I am a first time patient at your practice. Everyone was so nice and knowledgeable. Overall it was a great experience. I did not realize how bad my vision was. I am amazed! The get well flowers were a nice touch!
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Service is very complete and professional. Dr. Erik Chotiner was very friendly and able to answer all of my questions. I am very pleased with service and will recommend.
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I would recommend Memorial Eye Institute and Dr. Erik Chotiner for their expertise. They are all very professional and caring for their patients. It was an excellent experience.
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Dr. Bennett Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Dr. Erik A Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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