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Relying on glasses and contacts to see can limit your activity level and diminish your quality of life.

The team at Deen-Gross Eye Centers can improve your vision with LASIK, an incredibly safe refractive surgery.

Why should you consider undergoing LASIK with our doctors in Hobart and Merrillville, IN? 

The Benefits of LASIK Surgery

Nearly Instant Improvement

LASIK can be performed in a matter of minutes and patients often note an immediate improvement in their vision. However, it can take up to six months for your vision to fully stabilize.

Crystal Clear Vision

After treatment, you should see such an improvement in your vision that you can enjoy a significantly reduced or completely eliminated dependence on glasses and contact lenses.

Better Quality of Life 

The freedom achieved after LASIK surgery allows patients to enjoy certain activities more easily – without having to worry about corrective eyewear. This can drastically enhance your overall quality of life.

Schedule a Free LASIK Screening

At Deen-Gross Eye Centers in Hobart and Merrillville, IN, our goal is to offer superior vision care at an affordable price. We offer free LASIK screenings to all patients who are interested in undergoing the procedure. If our doctors do not believe that you are a suitable candidate for LASIK, then you will not be charged for the exam. 

You can schedule your free LASIK screening right now by contacting us online or by giving us a call.

Call Us: (219) 769-8989

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David and his Team at Deen-Gross Eye Center are the best! If anyone in the area is looking to get Lasik done, I highly recommend them. THANK YOU!

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Had a appointment today to see if I’m eligible for lasik surgery. First, the staff is awesome!!! Jessica is a rock star!!! She is a people person and was very knowledgeable and professional. Good news, after seeing Dr. Gross I am a candidate for lasik!!!!! A++++++

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How Does LASIK Work?

Common vision problems are usually caused by misshapen corneas. When the cornea is not the ideal shape, it refracts light improperly, resulting in blurred vision.

LASIK surgery uses a laser to reshape the cornea. By precisely sculpting the corneal tissue, Drs. Gross and Nelson can correct your refractive errors and give you 20/20 vision or better.

See for yourself how the surgery works...

LASIK Success Rates Patients Love the Results

What types of issues can LASIK address?

LASIK Can Correct...


Objects nearby are clear but those farther away are blurry. Nearsightedness (myopia) is caused by a longer eyeball than normal or a cornea that is too curved.


Far away objects appear clearer than close objects. Farsightedness (hyperopia) occurs when the eyeball is too short or the cornea is not sufficiently curved.


Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is more steeply curved in one direction than the other, causing overall blurred vision.

"Absolutely Amazing"

“Dr. Gross was absolutely amazing during my entire LASIK procedure. I am highly satisfied with the entire process. The entire staff is very helpful, patient and caring. I highly recommend this Eye Center. As far as the LASIK procedure, it was quick and painless.. I was back to work the next day!” Olivia Nelson, 5-Star Google Review

LASIK Step-by-Step

Our doctors perform LASIK eye surgery at surgical centers near our offices in Merrillville and Hobart. The actual surgery is a very quick procedure: it usually takes less than 10 minutes per eye. Here is what you can expect during your laser procedure:

Prepare the Eye

We will begin the procedure by sterilizing the surface of the eye and applying drops that completely numb the area.

Create Flap

Dr. Gross or Dr. Nelson will create a thin hinged flap in the surface of your cornea. This flap is then folded back to expose the underlying corneal tissue.

Reshape Tissue

We will use our advanced laser to remove and reshape the corneal tissue as needed to correct your unique refractive error. 

Replace Flap

Once our doctors have finished reshaping the cornea, the flap is put back into place, where it heals without the need for sutures.

That may sound scary, but we promise it's not...

You Do Not Need to Be Afraid We Ensure Your Comfort

Many patients are apprehensive about undergoing LASIK eye surgery. This can be due to a combination fear of pain or anxiety about anybody touching your eye, let alone performing surgery on it. However, numbing eye drops and a sedative are provided to minimize discomfort and allow you to relax in one of our comfortable operative chairs. Additionally, LASIK is considered to be very safe, especially when performed by experienced and board-certified ophthalmologists like Drs. Gross and Nelson.

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How safe is LASIK?

One of the Safest Elective Procedures 

"Based upon the research into and clinical experience with LASIK, the rate of complications from LASIK eye surgery is estimated to be less than 1 percent, which makes it one of the safest elective surgical procedures available today." American Refractive Surgery Council

Are you a candidate for the LASIK procedure?

LASIK Requirements

Over 21

Patients under 21 are not permitted to undergo LASIK surgery for safety reasons.

Sufficient Corneal Thickness

If you have only a thin layer of corneal tissue, it may be safer to opt for PRK surgery or LASEK instead.

Good Ocular Health

Typically, LASIK is not recommended for patients who suffer from glaucoma, cataracts, or dry eye, as well as corneal, retinal, or optic nerve diseases.

Generally Healthy

Certain conditions such as autoimmune diseases, HIV, or poorly controlled diabetes may disqualify you as a candidate for surgical vision correction.

Stable Vision

If you have needed a change in your glasses or contact lens prescription in the last year, LASIK is typically not recommended.

Not Pregnant or Breastfeeding

Since vision fluctuations can occur during pregnancy and throughout breastfeeding, you should wait about three to six months to undergo LASIK.

Normal-Sized Pupils

Overly large pupils can increase your risk of complications such as halos, glare, and issues with night vision.

Do You Still Have Questions? Talk to Our Experts

If you aren't sure if LASIK is right for you, contact Deen-Gross Eye Centers. Vision correction is our specialty, and we'd love to help you achieve the best eyesight possible.

Patients from all over Indiana travel to our offices in Merrillville and Hobart because of our excellent reputation and our decades of experience. Come see for yourself why thousands of patients have chosen Drs. Gross and Nelson for laser eye surgery.

Request your free LASIK screening by contacting us online or by calling our main line.

Call Us: (219) 769-8989

Before and After LASIK What You Should Know

Before Surgery

Although LASIK is a relatively simple surgery, there are a number of measures you will still need to take to ensure the best results possible. You will need to stop wearing contact lenses in the weeks leading up to your LASIK procedure. These corrective lenses change the shape of your cornea, which can interfere with your results. 

Before having LASIK eye surgery, you should arrange to have someone drive you to and from the medical facility.

Dr. Gross recommends that patients refrain from using lotions, makeup, and perfumes the day before their surgery.

After Surgery

After surgery, you may experience discomfort, haziness, itching, and watering. A mild pain reliever may be taken to help ease irritation, and we usually prescribe eye drops to help prevent infection and inflammation.

It is important to avoid rubbing your eyes as this may damage your corneal flap.

Your eyesight should dramatically improve within 24 hours of treatment. In fact, most patients are able to resume activities with minimal restrictions the next day. Your vision will continue to improve over the next few months.

The Cost of LASIK We Offer Financing and Discounts

At our practice in Merrillville and Hobart, LASIK surgery costs about $1,800 per eye.

Unfortunately, LASIK eye surgery is considered an elective procedure, and therefore it is not covered by most insurance plans. However, we can help you secure financing through CareCredit so that you can easily fit the cost of laser vision correction into your monthly budget.

Here's what else you should know about the cost of laser treatment at Deen-Gross Eye Centers in Merrillville and Hobart:

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Qualification for Discount

To show our appreciation for your service, our practice is proud to offer a 10 percent discount to members of the police force and fire departments, as well as to active members of the military.

Pre- & Post-Operative Fees

Many practices charge fees for every aspect of treatment separately. However, our price includes all pre- and post-operative care for one year, as well as any necessary enhancement procedures.

Your Surgeon's Experience

Often, the skill and experience of the doctor will reflect in the price. Our ophthalmologists and optometrists are board-certified and highly skilled, which allows them to provide you with precise, safe LASIK treatment.

"Dr. Gross Is Your Guy"


Rebecca Persky


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WOW. Where do I even begin?! I'll start off with the most detail.... Ready? FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 20 YEARS, I CAN OPEN MY EYES AND SEE.... PERFECTLY. No more fumbling for my glasses (praying that I didn't roll onto them while I slept or that one of my kids didn't pop a lense out), fishing my overly dry contacts out of my very sensitive & dry eyes, I can wake up & JUST SEE! ... I cannot recommend this office highly enough. Dr. Gross, Dr. Taffora, & the entire staff & surgical staff at Deen Gross Eye Center were absolutely wonderful! Thank you all!!!!

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Zach Shumaker


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...Dr. Gross really cares about his patients. His number one goal is to get the best possible outcome for each patient he has under his care. I saw him convince multiple patients not to pursue surgery just because he thought there was a better or cheaper alternative for them. ... Secondly, he is very very good at what he does. I saw him do hundreds surgeries, and every single one was performed meticulously and carefully with the patient’s ideal outcome as well as their safety being his main goal throughout the surgery... If you are looking for an ophthalmologist for a certain procedure, Dr. Gross is your guy.

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What are the risks of LASIK surgery?

LASIK has an exceptionally low complication rate of less than one percent. However, like any surgical procedure, LASIK does have risks, many of which are temporary, including dry eye and glares or halos. In some cases, flap complications or vision loss may occur.

Will I require another vision correction procedure in the future?

In rare circumstances, some patients may require re-treatment in cases of over- or under-correction, or if they experience vision changes. However, our board-certified ophthalmologists are dedicated to providing highly precise treatment at our Hobart and Merrillville practice.

How long will my results last?

For many, LASIK results can last a lifetime. However, it is normal to experience minor refractive changes. Typically, this can be accommodated by wearing glasses or contact lenses for certain activities. For age-related vision changes, you may consider LASIK enhancement.


Patients with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism can achieve 20/20 vision or better through PRK.

Some patients are not good candidates for LASIK because their corneas are too thin. If that is your situation, we may recommend you consider PRK surgery as an alternative.

PRK is another refractive surgery that predates LASIK. Like LASIK, PRK uses a laser to reshape your cornea. Unlike LASIK, PRK does not involve the creation of a corneal flap. Rather, our surgeons will remove the outer layer of the cornea entirely so that the laser can access the internal corneal tissue.

Because PRK does not involve a corneal flap, it actually has a lower risk of complication than LASIK. However, because the eye needs to grow back the outer layer of the cornea, the recovery period is longer with PRK.

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Deen-Gross Eye Centers

At Deen-Gross Eye Centers in Merrillville and Hobart, IN, we provide advanced solutions in a range of specialties. Using the latest technologies and techniques, Dr. David Gross, Dr. Jeffrey Nelson, and Dr. Jamie Taffora can truly transform your vision. Our doctors are affiliated with several notable organizations, including:

  • The Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • The American Osteopathic Association
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The Indiana State Medical Association

We are available 24/7 to treat emergencies. To get in touch with us, you can request a consultation online or call (219) 769-8989.

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"After wearing glasses my entire life, Dr. Gross corrected my eyesight to better than 20/20 vision." Richard B - St. John, IN

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