Our flagship facility in Draper was designed from the ground up to deliver a world-class experience to our patients.
Our flagship facility in Draper was designed from the ground up to deliver a world-class experience to our patients. The laser surgery center features the most advanced collection of vision correction lasers in the state, housed in a climate-controlled laser suite designed to optimize their performance. The clinic area is spacious, comfortable, and equipped with the very latest in diagnostic equipment. Our on-site, Medicare-approved ambulatory surgery center, EyeSurg of Utah, is one of the few surgery centers in the world specifically designed for laser cataract surgery. Finally, the Hoopes, Durrie, Rivera Clinical Research Center, located on site, is a proving ground for dozens of exciting new devices, procedures, and medicines. Its presence in our facility and its status as a major center for clinical trials help ensure that our surgeons always have a glimpse into the future of vision correction technology.
Our on-site, Medicare-approved ambulatory surgery center, EyeSurg of Utah, is one of the few surgery centers in the world specifically designed for laser cataract surgery. Finally, the Hoopes, Durrie, Rivera Clinical Research Center, located on site, is a proving ground for dozens of exciting new devices, procedures, and medicines. Its presence in our facility and its status as a major center for clinical trials help ensure that our surgeons always have a glimpse into the future of vision correction technology.
With over 80,000 LASIK and PRK procedures performed, our team of laser vision correction surgeons is the most experienced in Utah. Moreover, our ongoing commitment to offering the newest technology means that not only are our LASIK surgeons the most experienced in the state overall, they are by far the most experienced in the state at such important advanced procedures as blade-free and wavefront-optimized LASIK.
Since 2000, Hoopes Vision has specialized in surgical vision correction procedures such as LASIK, cataract surgery, and ICL. Our ongoing commitment is to provide patients with the newest, safest, and most effective technology in the hands of skilled, experienced surgeons. We have been pioneers and early adopters of every major advance in vision correction technology since we opened our doors.
Hoopes Vision was the first practice in the state to embrace the improved results of wavefront-optimized LASIK, bringing this revolutionary technology to Utah nearly five years before any other practice. Today, Hoopes Vision owns two wavefront-optimized laser systems, housed in a state-of-the-art laser suite designed to optimize their performance.
Our commitment to offering the latest, safest, most effective vision correction technology is reflected in our facility. It features the most advanced LASIK, PRK, and cataract laser systems in the United States, housed in surgery suites designed to maximize their performance.
Our team of surgeons has years of experience using the newest technology. With the benefit of that invaluable experience, they helped design our facility to optimize the performance of that technology while providing a comfortable, relaxed experience to our patients.
Patients who come to Hoopes Vision because of our track record of safety and proven results are often surprised at how affordable the very best vision correction procedures can be. We work hard to put our technology and expertise within the reach of almost any budget.
Frequent Asked Questions
Patients who come from Utah and around the country to Hoopes Vision in search of our refractive and laser eye surgeons and their cutting-edge vision correction procedures are pleasantly surprised by the beautiful architecture and works of art adorning the walls, the complimentary fresh baked cookies, the leather massage chairs, and all the other little touches designed to make them feel at ease.
Is it an older laser, performing a conventional treatment? Is it a wavefront-guided laser like the VISX Star S4,™ performing a wavefront-guided treatment? Or is it one of the newest generation of wavefront-optimized and guided lasers, such as the WaveLight® Refractive Suite, designed to maintain the natural shape of the cornea while correcting vision? Do they have or use more than one laser?
All lasers are not created equal and laser vision correction is a field where enormous strides have been made in technology. Hoopes Vision, for example, has acquired seven different excimer lasers in our 18 years in Utah, each representing an advance in safety and effectiveness over previous models. Our current lasers produce much better night vision than the older lasers, are 10 times faster, safer, and have much lower touch up or enhancement rates.
Even the most advanced laser in the world is only as effective as the surgeon using it, so technology and experience go hand in hand, ensuring a great outcome for your surgery. An experienced surgeon develops smooth and efficient surgical technique that can be consistent with better patient results. In the unlikely event of any kind of complication, an experienced doctor is more likely to have seen similar issues in the past and know how to correct or avoid them. A surgeon that has performed tens of thousands of procedures using the newest technology is going to be more familiar with its strengths and limitations, allowing him to know who is a great candidate for laser vision correction and, perhaps more importantly, who is not. At Hoopes Vision, we have Utah’s most experienced LASIK surgeon and our surgeons have performed over 80,000 LASIK/PRK procedures.
The 2003 introduction of the IntraLase™ femtosecond laser revolutionized LASIK by replacing the microkeratome, a hand-held oscillating razor blade used in flap creation, with a safe, fast, computer-guided laser. More than a decade later, most LASIK surgeons agree that blade-free LASIK is safer and gives better results to patients. Hoopes Vision has been using the IntraLase femtosecond laser to create flaps five years longer than any other Salt Lake practice. We currently have two of these femtosecond flap-making lasers. Does your surgeon insist on using only the newer, safer blade-free technology, or does he or she offer blade-free LASIK only as an upcharge? Sadly, a number of centers still only use the outdated bladed microkeratome to cut expenses.
Everyone’s eyes are unique, and results from LASIK will be unique and different. Nonetheless, a highly skilled, highly experienced surgeon may be willing to make some assurances to patients based on their confidence with past results.
At Hoopes Vision, our See Clearly and Money Back Guarantee was the first of its kind in Utah. It is an assurance of great vision not only now, but in the years and decades to come.
While safety and results should be the primary concerns for anyone seeking freedom from glasses and contact lenses, there’s no denying that LASIK and other vision correction procedures can represent a substantial investment. The price of LASIK is an indication of many factors: » The cost of operating the lasers: newer, more advanced lasers have a higher cost per use. » The cost of the diagnostic equipment used to determine a patient’s candidacy for LASIK, and the best treatment plan for each patient’s unique eyes. » The value a surgeon places on his or her own skills and experience.
Advertised prices around the country vary significantly from $250/eye – $3500/eye with the average being around $2500/eye. Obviously, the cost will be higher for the newer and better lasers and for the laser to make the corneal flap instead of the metal blade microkeratome. Surgeon experience and confidence with his skills are important also. Does anyone really receive the cheap $250/eye? Hardly ever. This is a marketing ploy and deception to attract patients (sometimes called bait-and-switch) and the patient’s prescription has to be extremely mild and with no astigmatism (most patients will have some astigmatism). Prices at these places don’t include much but can still end up close to what most respected surgeons charge. Life is full of important choices and decisions. However, this is one of those situations where you really do get what you pay for! Would you go to the cheapest surgeon to have heart or brain surgery?
It is customary for the price of LASIK to include post-operative care, but how much is included? Is it a full year or only three or six months? If the surgeon is willing to guarantee your results, is that guarantee included in the price of surgery or is it a separate expense? Are all of their LASIK procedures blade-free, or is the newer safer technology available only as an upcharge? Will they offer or perform a wavefront-guided or wavefront-optimized approach, giving better night vision with lower touch up rates?
Candidacy for LASIK or other laser corrective surgeries is determined by a number of factors including the type and degree of refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or presbyopia), thickness and shape of the corneal tissue, and the presence or absence of a number of ophthalmic and general health conditions. Many of the eye tests and measurements necessary to determine LASIK candidacy are beyond the scope of a routine eye exam, and all of them require interpretation by a doctor specialized in LASIK surgery. Because of this, LASIK surgery providers generally provide the initial screening tests and consultation free of charge. Some discount centers only use one older corneal scanning/mapping device which many consider outdated. We use four different mapping devices. Each one adds additional valuable information.
“Where other places might shuffle you through your LASIK treatment like an assembly line, Hoopes Vision goes above and beyond to make sure you have the best experience possible..”