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Why Choose Us

AAAHC Logo - Expert Care - We Are an AAAHC Accredited Facility

All LASIK procedures are performed in our AAAHC Surgical Center, unlike many centers that perform LASIK in an exam room.

100% Satisfaction - Dedicated to 100% Patient Satisfaction

Our doctors include fellowship-trained corneal specialists who have performed thousands of laser procedures. They are available 24/7, 365 days a year, for the lifetime of your eye care.

98.4% of Patients Said They Would Choose the Procedure Again

The Alcon Ex500 laser system with CONTOURA® is the most advanced laser available. The latest technology in expert hands achieves the best results.

Premier LASIK Doctors

The Team To Help You Choose The Best Option For Your Unique Eyes

Thomas Cowden, MD

Thomas Cowden, MD

Cataract, LASIK, Cornea

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Joe Morehouse, DO

Joe Morehouse, DO

Cataract, LASIK, Comprehensive Ophthalmology

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Marcus Muallem, MD

Marcus Muallem, MD

Cataract, LASIK, Glaucoma, Cornea

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Get More Out of LASIK with Contoura

LASIK is not the same at every center. Grand Rapids Ophthalmology uses one of the most advanced systems available for LASIK surgery. Contoura Vision’s topography-guided technology maps your eye using 22,000 points, creating a custom experience for your unique eyes.


The Wavelight® EX500 Excimer Laser

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology performs LASIK using the WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser. We know that no two eyes are alike—so why should your treatment be any different? The WaveLight® EX500 Laser tracks the unique shape of your eye and allows your surgeon to perform an individualized Laser Vision Correction treatment just for you. The result? Vision that’s as clear and crisp as possible.*
The WaveLight® EX500 Excimer Laser offers a wide range of customization options for your unique eyes. This one-of-a-kind technology is one of the most advanced laser systems available and is trusted by surgeons all over the world. It is designed to deliver consistent and effective results based on your specific vision needs:
  • Smooth treatments

  • Great accuracy

  • Proven reliability

  • Multiple treatment options

  • Excellent outcomes

*Individual results may vary.

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Laser vision correction may be more affordable than you think!

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Jan G.
Five Stars
11 months ago

Very caring staff as well as Dr. Cowden. They were all very professional as well as competent. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this office. Great about followup. Couldn't have asked for better.

David C.
Five Stars
11 months ago

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology does a great job. I have been going to David Barrett for 15 years and he is an outstanding Ophthalmologist. I have been very happy with the care he has provided over those years. As much as Grand Rapids Ophthalmology is a large practice,I feel the care I have received there has far exceeded much smaller practices I have worked with in various parts of the country over many years

Debra S.
Five Stars
11 months ago

The doctor was knowledgeable, and very helpful he explained what was going on. What I could expect. This is always helpful. I've been coming to Grand Rapids Ophthalmology for many years now for my diabetic eye test. I won't go anywhere else.

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Am I a candidate for LASIK (Laser Vision Correction)


Grand Rapids Ophthalmology offers Free LASIK Evaluations.

The LASIK evaluation is a specialized eye exam for the purpose of surgery with diagnostic testing, and scans performed to assess if a patient is a good candidate. It is also an opportunity to meet your surgeon and members of our LASIK Team. To be a good candidate, you must be between the ages of 18-60, have healthy eyes with a stable prescription, and wear corrective lenses for nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism.


Is there a charge for the evaluation?


The LASIK evaluation is performed at no charge.


Where do I go for my evaluation appointment?


The evaluation appointment is performed at our 750 East Beltline office. It is conveniently located in Grand Rapids just North of I-96 and off the East Beltline right before Frederik Meijer Gardens.


How much time should I plan for my LASIK evaluation?


The LASIK evaluation will take approximately two hours due to the thorough diagnostic testing, scans, and exam required for surgery.


What happens at a LASIK evaluation?


The evaluation usually consists of:

  • Vision testing

  • Mapping the shape of the cornea

  • Screening for eye diseases, including glaucoma, cataracts, or diabetic retinopathy

  • Measuring corneal thickness, eye movement, and pupil size

  • Assessing the back of the eye

Please be aware that your eyes will be dilated during a complete LASIK evaluation. Dilation causes sensitivity to light and blurry near vision. Dilation may last between 24 and 36 hours. Please bring sunglasses to the appointment or we will provide disposable sunglasses for your convenience.


What if I wear contact lenses?


In preparation for your appointment you will be asked to discontinue contact lens wear and go into glasses only.  This allows for the corneas to return to their natural shape.  For soft contact lens wearers, 1-2 weeks is recommended.   If you wear hard or rigid gas permeable contacts, you must discontinue wear at least 3-4 weeks prior to your LASIK evaluation.


Why do I have to remove my contacts prior to an evaluation?


In order to have accurate testing results, you must be in glasses to ensure the cornea is in its most natural shape. Contacts may reshape the cornea and create irregularities.


What if I don't have glasses?


If you have a current eyeglass prescription and do not have eyeglasses to wear prior to your scheduled evaluation, we do offer loaner glasses. Due to timing, arrangements must be made with LASIK and Optical at least 3-4 weeks prior to your scheduled evaluation appointment.


How long do I need to wait after pregnancy, nursing, or fertility drugs/treatment before an evaluation?


The body’s hormone levels may cause vision to change or fluctuate during and after pregnancy, nursing, or fertility drugs/treatment. Our doctors recommend waiting six months before the evaluation to ensure the most accurate testing results.

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