I was thrilled to find out that I was a candidate for LASIK! I couldn't have asked for the procedure to go better. The follow-up care has been great also. I'm so lucky to have such great care available right here in Sartell!



LASIK  has been used to treat common vision problems (e.g., nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism). A LASIK surgeon uses what’s called an “excimer” laser to reshape the cornea. Most people who get laser eye surgery therefore reduce their need for further vision correction, such as through glasses or contact lenses.  It's common for people to have LASIK eye surgery in both eyes on the same day and return to work one or two days later.

Who are Candidates for the LASIK Procedure? 

The best way to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK to come in and talk with our doctor. Our complimentary LASIK evaluation and consultation allows you to gather information specific to you and your needs.  About 80 percent of the adult population is a candidate for LASIK eye surgery. Many of them share key traits:
Aged 18 or older (so that their prescriptions are more likely to have stabilized)
Have a common vision problem (e.g., astigmatism, farsightedness, nearsightedness)
Lead active lifestyles
Cannot or prefer not to wear glasses and/or contact lenses
Are in general good health

What is Involved with the LASIK Consultation?

This is one of the most thorough exams you will ever have. We will determine if you are indeed a candidate for LASIK and what type of Laser Vision Correction would best suit your needs. The exam will take 1-1 1/2 hours, during this time you will be educated about Laser Vision Correction, complete tests and an examined to determine candidacy, and discuss the finding of the exam with the doctor. During the exam you will be dilated which will make you sensitive to light and unable to focus on up close objects. This may last up to 24 hours after the exam.

Is There an Age Requirement for LASIK? 

Although the age requirement for LASIK is 18 years of age, we recommend waiting until 21-23 years old.  Once over the age of 21, the biomechanical changes in the cornea have finalized, and patients will show more stability in their prescriptions.  Ultimately it is more dependent on stability of prescription, rather then age.

What if My Eyes Change Over Time? 

While we look at your prescription stability before surgery, things may change slightly in the years following your LASIK procedure but it is unlikely. With our Lifetime Commitment this risk is minimized. If your eyes would change, we would perform your enhancement procedure at no-charge.

What Does Co-Managed Care Mean?

PineCone Vision Center along with the Whiting Clinic offer co-managed LASIK care. In LASIK, “co-management” is the term commonly used to describe a situation when an optometrist provides pre-op and post-op care with an ophthalmologist providing surgery. For example, our optometrist at PineCone Vision Center will provide the initial LASIK or any refractive surgery evaluation, and then care for the patient after the surgery.  Then ophthalmologists, Dr. Whiting, willprovide the surgical component. 



Our doctors will customize your treatment plan to provide the best visual outcome possible. During your free LASIK exam, our team will determine your candidacy for LASIK,  which treatment option will provide the best outcome and provide specific pricing. Schedule your free LASIK exam by contacting our office at 320-258-3915.

Dr. David Whiting - Whiting Clinic

Having preformed over 95,000 laser vision correction procedures, Dr. Whiting is in the distinguished position of the top 1% of LASIK surgeons in the United States.  Dr. Whiting has dedicated the majority if his career to the field of Laser Vision Correction and is known as a leader in the industry. He has performed over 95,000 procedures to date, putting him among the most experienced LASIK surgeons in the nation. He is continually recognized for the excellence in care he shows to each of his patients.  

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