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LASIK Surgeons

Our LASIK Team includes Dr. David Barrett, Dr. Thomas Cowden and Dr. Marcus Muallem, Dr. Scott Weber.

David Barrett, MD


Dr. Barrett specializes in laser vision correction and small-incision cataract surgery. He has performed thousands of Custom and BLADE-FREE LASIK procedures. Dr. Barrett also performs the most advanced techniques in small-incision cataract surgery including LifeStyle Lenses. Dr. Barrett received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and completed his Ophthalmology residency at the prestigious Jules Stein Institute at UCLA in Southern California. Dr. Barrett has been in private practice in West Michigan since 1990.

Thomas Cowden, MD


Dr. Cowden is fellowship-trained in cornea/external diseases/anterior segment and refractive surgery. He was involved in the initial FDA clinical trials for LASIK in 1996 and since has performed thousands of refractive procedures including Custom and BLADE-FREE LASIK. He also specializes in all forms of corneal transplant surgeries (including PKP, DSEK, DMEK, DALK, and Limbal Stem Cells) tailored to the patient’s unique needs. In addition, Dr. Cowden specializes in cataract surgery, utilizing the latest Intraocular Lens technology, Lasers and peri-operative testing in order to customize his patient’s choice for optimal vision correction. Specialties also include advanced anterior segment reconstruction as a result of trauma, or congenital defects. He earned degrees from the University of Michigan, from Wayne State University School of Medicine, completed his Ophthalmology Residency at the University of Wisconsin, and his subspecialty Fellowship in Corneal and Refractive Surgery at the University of Minnesota. He has been in private practice since 1997.

Marcus Muallem, MD

Dr. Muallem has a dual fellowship in cornea as well as glaucoma. He performs Custom BLADE-FREE LASIK, Traditional LASIK and PRK. Dr. Muallem’s sub specialty training in both fields were completed at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. He also performs the most modern no-stitch and small incision cataract surgery utilizing traditional intraocular lenses, toric implants for astigmatism, and premium multi-focal lenses including LifeStyle Lenses. He specializes in glaucoma and cornea surgery including corneal transplants. His residency was completed at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Muallem is well published in peer reviewed literature and has presented his research at national and international meetings.

Scott Weber, MD


Dr. Weber’s expertise includes Custom and BLADE-FREE LASIK as well as cataract surgery with implants using the latest small-stitch incision and no-stitch techniques including LifeStyle Lenses. He also treats glaucoma and general eye care patients. Dr. Weber obtained his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame, graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine, and did his residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. He has been in private practice since 1987.

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Grand Rapids Ophthalmology has been West Michigan’s leading eye care provider since 1982, providing the most advanced technologies available, delivered by a committed, caring and dedicated team of doctors and staff. We are more than just a laser center; we are here for the lifetime of you and your family’s eye care needs. Schedule an appointment today to experience the Grand Rapids Ophthalmology difference.

To find out if LASIK is right for you, call and schedule a free evaluation 616.774.3937 or email