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LASIK and Vision Correction at the University of Colorado Eye Centers

Why You Should Choose University of Colorado Eye Centers

When it comes to eye surgery, experience matters. You want to choose your surgeon carefully and base your decision on expertise. Undergoing refractive eye surgery is not a decision to be taken lightly. We take your vision seriously, that is why our fellowship-trained cornea surgeons are with you each step of the way, personally evaluating your eyes, performing the surgery and following through with each and every patient.


  • Personalized care  – Drs. Taravella, Davidson, Gelston and Wise are personally involved in every aspect of your treatment, from initial consultation to post-operative care. They function as a team and review cases together to ensure that you receive the best care – and the best possible outcomes.
  • Highly trained surgeons – Drs. Michael Taravella, Richard Davidson, Christopher Gelston and Ronald Wise, are among the most renowned and experienced LASIK surgeons in the region. As leaders in their field, these surgeons are known for diagnosing and treating the most complicated refractive cases.
  • Care from doctors who teach the rest – As part of the region’s only academic medical center, our doctors not only provide excellent clinical care, they teach and advise other surgeons both nationally and internationally. So who better to trust your eyes to than the surgeons who teach other surgeons? 
  • Leaders in research – Being affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine gives us access to the most advanced research and clinical trials. Our doctors are not only excellent clinicians, they conduct research that contributes to advances in care and surgical techniques as well. Their research activities bring these technological advances closer to you.
  • Diagnosis right for your eyes – Our doctors know vision, not just LASIK. Thanks to their high level of expertise, our doctors are able to offer a choice of vision correction procedures if LASIK is not right for you.  

What is Vision Correction?

The cornea and lens of the eye act to together to focus light coming into the eye. If the cornea is an irregular shape, the light does not focus properly, and vision seems blurry. These imperfections in the focusing power are called refractive errors. There are a variety of treatments that can help correct refractive errors that range from corrective eyewear to surgery.

The most common refractive errors requiring vision correction include:

  • Myopia, or nearsightedness – items closer to the eye can be seen more clearly
  • Hyperopia, or farsightedness – items farther away are clearer than those close to the eye
  • Astigmatism – poor focus on items both near and far due to a “football-shaped” cornea
  • Presbyopia – inability to focus close-up as a result of aging

Is LASIK Right for Me?

LASIK eye surgery is not appropriate for all patients. About one in four people who seek LASIK are good candidates. It is important that you choose a doctor that will accurately and thoroughly evaluate your eyes and give you an honest assessment about the best and safest treatment for your needs.

As fellowship-trained corneal experts, our doctors can offer you a range of procedures, both laser and non-laser, that may not be options at all LASIK centers.

Your Evaluation

Screening - All patients undergo a complete screening test to determine whether they are a candidate for surgery. The eye exam includes assessing the stability of your condition, examining the cornea and retina, taking corneal measurements and testing for glaucoma.

Medical History Review - The doctor will also thoroughly review your medical history with you to make sure you there are no other risks.

Team of Experts - Our team approach to patient care ensures that you will receive the best possible treatment plan for your eyes.

What are My Treatment Options?

Refractive surgery, such as LASIK surgery, is one option. Refractive surgery is any surgery that changes the focal length of the eye.

While it is the most recognized form of vision correction surgery, LASIK is not the best choice for all patients. Experienced in all forms of cornea surgery, the doctors at University of Colorado Eye Centers can recommend the best option for your individual needs - not always an option at LASIK-only centers.

There are several surgical procedures available including both laser and non-laser options:

  • Laser Surgery (LASIK, PRK & Epi-LASIK)
  • Radial and Astigmatic Keratotomy (RK & AK)
  • Refractive lens exchange
  • Intraocular contact lens (ICL) (also called implantable collamer lens)

About Laser Refractive Surgery (LASIK)

Refractive surgery is any eye surgery that changes how the eye focuses.

Laser refractive surgery is used to permanently correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. It uses the excimer laser to reshape the front surface of the eye (cornea). This process adjusts how you see in much the same way that prescription glasses or contacts do.

Every eye is different

Every eye is different, and not everyone is a candidate for LASIK surgery. Factors like the shape of the eye or thickness of the cornea may be a consideration. Thanks to the level of expertise of our surgeons, we can offer several different laser surgery options. 

What Non-laser Vision Correction Techniques are Offered?

Thanks to depth of their expertise, our surgeons offer a full spectrum of vision correction options not available in most other centers.

Intraocular contact lens (ICL) otehrwise known as implantable collamer lens

Intraocular conatct lens procedures are similar to traditional cataract surgery but your natural lens is not removed. The ICL works with your natural lens to correct vision. This technique is highly effective in improving vision and may be an option for patients who are not candidates for LASIK surgery.


Astigmatic Keratotomy and Limbal Relaxing Incisions  (AK, LRI)

In these techniques, the surgeon uses manual instruments to create incisions in the surface of the cornea. This alters the shape of the cornea to help improve vision.

At University of Colorado Eye Centers, LRI and AK are used in conjunction with laser procedures for correction of astigmatism.

What's in the Price of LASIK?

Consider quality - not just price

At University of Colorado Eye Centers we consider quaility of care and peace of mind to be the most important factor in deciding to undergo refractive surgery. To us, value means taking into consideration your vision today and future eye health. We strive to provide the highest quality procedure at a resonable price. Building relationships and fostering happy patients are what we value the most. 

The true cost of LASIK

Be cautious about deals that seem "too good to be true." In fact, they may be!

In most cases, "deals" are not valid for the vast majority of people. You may respond to a $399 ad, only to find out that the procedure advertised is not suited for you, or that additional charges will be tacked on.

Statistically, the average price LASIK surgery is about $2000 per eye. Only about three percent of LASIK procedures actually end up costing less than $1000 per eye.

What you see is what you get

It’s all included - At University of Colorado Eye Centers our prices include all pre- and post-operative care regardless of the level of correction you need.

Thorough Follow-up - One year of follow-up is included in the price of our procedure package. Whether it’s four visits or fourteen, our refractive team is there for you every step of the way.

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    This course is a 2 ½ day comprehensive course addressing fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. The course purpose is to better prepare the non-intensivist and the multidisciplinary critical care team for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged. Preparation of the multidisciplinary critical care team is optimized for management of acute deterioration of the critically ill patient. The FCCS course utilizes both lecture/didactic material and skills stations with simulation for integration of practice concepts in critical care.

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