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The Best LASIK in Utah is Only at Moran



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The John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah offers the best LASIK eye surgery in the state. We have the largest ophthalmology clinical care and research facility in the Mountain West, and our doctors use the latest technology to make sure you receive the best possible care. The most advanced methods in the industry are available near you—right here in Utah.

Highly Trained Surgeons

Our physicians have completed the highest levels of training. Your doctor will answer your questions and walk you through the necessary steps at each appointment.

Competitive, Comprehensive Pricing

Our fees include screening visits, surgery, 4-6 post-operative visits, and touch-up surgery if needed within one year following surgery. You may also be able to take advantage of reduced pricing related to research if studies are available and to use health savings and flexible spending account funds toward your procedure.

Proven Technology

We conduct thorough eye measurements before your surgery to ensure accuracy and use only technologies and techniques that have produced the best results over time, like our WaveLight Refractive Suite and Contoura Vision topography-guided LASIK.

Better Outcomes

More than 90 percent of LASIK and PRK patients at Moran have 20/20 or better vision after their surgery.

Careful Screening

Our physicians propose the best solutions for each patient. This means our surgeons will recommend surgery only if they're confident that you will benefit from it.

By choosing Moran, you’re choosing a higher quality of care. Please call 801-581-2352 to speak to a refractive counselor.

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Voted Utah's Best LASIK by City Weekly readers.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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Amy Lin, MD

4.8 out of 5 stars

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Brian Zaugg, MD

4.7 out of 5 stars

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Get LASIK at the Moran Eye Center

Outdoors Enthusiast

"I can see so well now my friends make jokes about my 'laser eyes.' I've told them that I love Moran, and I would do it again. But of course, I'll never have to do it again! As for the cost, I think it was worth it."
Read Amber's Testimonial

Fitness Coach

"After getting LASIK, I'm so excited to run and see the mile markers coming up, and do all the other things I love without squinting and reaching for my glasses. I had both eyes done, and it was quick and very easy on me."
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Olympic Skier

"My trainer and I agreed I needed to look into vision correction surgery, and I figured it would be LASIK. Because we wanted to avoid any possible complications, we waited until I got through the 2018 Olympics. Then he referred me to Moran."
Read Morgan's Testimonial


"My vision was really bad. I could wear contacts pretty easily, but when I was teaching, the school heating system made my eyes so dry that it was hard to stay focused. Here I was teaching, and I couldn't read in class."
Read Natalie's Testimonial

Am I a Candidate for LASIK?

LASIK is a medical procedure that improves your vision by using a laser. In order to be a candidate for LASIK, you must meet specific criteria involving refractive errors, corneal thickness, and pupil size. You must also meet basic health and age criteria to help you achieve the best possible vision.

A LASIK candidate:

  • Should be between 21 and 50 years old
  • Must not have certain systemic diseases, like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, collagen vascular disorders, and uncontrolled diabetes
  • Should be in generally good eye health
  • Must not currently be pregnant or nursing
  • No Accutane use within the past three months

The best way to find out if you're a candidate for LASIK is to have a thorough examination by a qualified refractive surgeon.

During your consultation, our surgeon will:

  • Examine your eyes
  • Tell you about your treatment options
  • Answer any questions you might have

To schedule a refractive surgery vision consultation, please call 801-581-2352.

Before Your Refractive Surgery Vision Screening

Soft contact lens patients: If you are wearing soft contact lenses, please remove them from your eyes one week before your screening.

Gas permeable or hard contact lens patients: If you are wearing gas permeable contact lenses or PMMA hard lenses, please remove them from your eyes two weeks before your examination.

What to Expect at Your Free LASIK Screening

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Is LASIK?

LASIK uses laser technology to precisely reshape the cornea, which treats vision problems in people who have nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), astigmatism, or a combination of these conditions. LASIK allows many patients have their vision restored up to, or better than, 20/20.

How Does LASIK Work?

LASIK uses a precise femtosecond laser to create a flap from the top layer of the cornea. The flap is gently folded back, then an Excimer laser uses cool ultraviolet light to sculpt the mid cornea under a protective layer of tissue. Once your surgeon repositions the flap, the procedure is complete.

Since the surface cells of your eyes heal more quickly than any other body part, visual recovery usually occurs within 24 hours and there is minimal discomfort after surgery.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

About 10 minutes or less per eye. You can expect to be at the laser center for one hour on the day of your procedure.

Will I Be Awake? Does LASIK Hurt?

You will be awake during the procedure, but your doctor will numb your eyes with a topical anesthetic to limit discomfort. After surgery, you can use over-the-counter pain medications.

What if I Can’t Keep my Eye Open During Surgery, or if I Move my Head?

We use a device to keep your eye open during the procedure. This device is a lid holder that gently holds your lids open during the procedure. Our physicians will make sure you are positioned correctly. The laser also tracks your eye throughout the procedure to adjust to your movements.

How Safe and Effective is LASIK?

All surgical procedures carry risks that your doctor will discuss with you. But LASIK is one of the most common surgical procedures performed and has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any elective surgery at 96 percent.

At the John A. Moran Eye Center, more than 90 percent of patients who have LASIK and PRK surgeries have 20/20 or better vision after their surgery.

How Long Will My Vision Correction Last?

The correction is permanent, but it’s important to understand your eyes can change as you age.

How Soon Can I Return to Work?

You can return to work the next day after your surgery.

What Are My Limitations After Surgery?

For one week after surgery, you shouldn’t:

  • go swimming,
  • get into a hot tub,
  • wear eye makeup,
  • rub your eyes (make sure to sleep in a protective shield to keep yourself from rubbing your eyes)

Will My Insurance Cover LASIK?

LASIK isn’t covered by insurance, but you can use flexible spending and health savings account funds.

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Cost & Payment Options


The Moran Eye Center offers several cost and payment options for LASIK and PRK surgery.

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LASIK & PRK Studies—Get a Discount on LASIK

The Moran Eye Center is currently conducting a study for participants interested in LASIK and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK). If you're a patient looking for a LASIK discount, enrolling in this study will give you a discount on LASIK & PRK surgery.
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The Lowdown on LASIK

LASIK vision-correction surgery delivers freedom from eyeglasses and contact lenses, the technology is incredibly precise, and it’s quick and painless. No wonder nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. opt for it each year. Still, misconceptions and questions abound.