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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 (laser in situ keratomileusis) can be performed in a matter of minutes and patients often In situ keratomileusis) 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

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At our ophthalmology offices 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

Real 5-Star Reviews From Real Patients in Hobart and Merrillville


Joe Holloway


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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, Dr. Gross and Dr. Nelson can correct your refractive errors and give you 20/20 vision or better.

See for yourself how the surgery works...

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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.


Roughly one-third of people have astigmatism. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is more steeply curved in one direction than the other, causing overall blurred vision.

"Absolutely Amazing" Come to Hobart and Merrillville for stellar surgery! 

“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 (laser in situ keratomileusis) 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.

Envision Your New Life

Learn if LASIK surgery is the right type of eye care for you. Call us at (219) 769-8989 or use our contact form to request a consultation.

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 (laser in situ keratomileusis). 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 Dr. Gross and Dr. 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 our team today. 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 Financing and Discounts

Please call for pricing on Lasik.

  • 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 LASIK at our practice serving Merrillville, Hobart, and beyond:

Qualification for Discount

To show our appreciation for your service, our practice is proud to offer a 10% 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" Hobart and Merrillville Love Our Work


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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Bladeless LASIK Surgery 

Bladeless LASIK is another option for refractive eye care surgery. While traditional LASIK consistently leaves the vast majority of patients overwhelmingly satisfied, bladeless LASIK can be the better option in some cases. 

The key difference between the two procedures is the tool used to create the flap in the cornea. For traditional LASIK, the flap is made with a specialized bladed instrument. When we conduct bladeless LASIK, we use an IntraLase laser to create the flap. Knowing there will be no blade near any part of their eye puts many patients more at ease. Bladeless also offers other advantages over traditional LASIK. 


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. Our practice serving Greater Merrillville can provide this safe and effective refractive surgery for the right candidates.

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.

Patients with especially active lifestyles often prefer PRK. This is because there is no risk of flap complications that might occur in some activities, such as contact sports.

Intraocular Lenses A LASIK Alternative for Severe Refractive Errors

If you have an especially high degree of refractive error, solutions like LASIK and PRK may not be able to provide the results you need. Intraocular lenses (IOLs) are an option that can provide greater freedom from glasses and contact lenses for those who are not eligible for other vision enhancement procedures. These synthetic lenses are designed to replace the crystalline lens, which lays behind the iris and helps to focus incoming light onto the retina. IOLs are most commonly associated with cataract surgery, but could also be an excellent way for anyone suffering with severe nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism to minimize their need for corrective eyewear.

Our practice serving Greater Merrillville provides a variety of IOLs to meet a wide range of needs.

How IOLs Are Placed

After the crystalline lens is gently removed, it is safely replaced with an IOL that has been customized with precisely the type and amount of correction you need. 

We Can Recommend the Right Refractive Surgery for You

If you want to reduce or eliminate your need for glasses and contact lenses, we can recommend the best solution based on your corneal thickness, lifestyle, and other important factors. We invite you to book a free consultation with our ophthalmologists serving the greater Merrillville, IN, area. Give us a call at (219) 769-8989 to get started.

Our LASIK Changes Lives In Hobart and Merrillville


MiguelR Astorga


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This is my personal experience only. It has been 6 months since my lasik surgery. I am 40 years old and was just tired of prescription everything to see. Dr. Gross did my surgery, and I can't even begin to express how happy I am that I went to Deen-Gross eye centers. I had no discomfort post surgery or any issues 6 months later. The staff is always great, and Dr. Gross explains everything well and answers all questions and concerns. I highly recommend them.

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Stephanie Scheckel


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Dr. Gross and his team are phenomenal. They truly care about customer satisfaction and are really flexible arranging appointment times that work for your schedule. Dr. Gross did my Lasik procedure very recently, and I couldn't be happier!!! He is very good and I HIGHLY recommend him!

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What are the risks of LASIK surgery?

LASIK has an exceptionally low complication rate of less than 1%. 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.

Does insurance cover LASIK?

No. Because LASIK is considered an elective procedure, basic insurance does not contribute to the cost. That's why we offer 0% interest financing through CareCredit.

How much downtime is required after LASIK?

Many LASIK patients notice an immediate improvement in their vision after LASIK, but it is important to understand that your eyes are still healing. You will need to avoid all strenuous activity following LASIK for one to two weeks. During periodic follow-up visits, we will determine when it is safe to resume strenuous activity.

When will I be able to drive again?

It depends entirely on the individual. Some patients may be cleared to drive as soon as the day after surgery, while others may need more time. We will carefully assess your vision beginning with a follow-up appointment the day after surgery to determine when it is safe for you to resume driving.

How long will my results last?

Although you can expect to experience the benefits of LASIK for many years after your surgery, your body will continue to age, which will involve the gradual decline of your vision. After having LASIK, when you begin to notice unwanted changes in your vision, you and Dr. Gross can discuss options such as a touch-up LASIK procedure or other solutions to give you the best possible focus.

Why should I choose Deen-Gross Eye Centers?

There are many practices offering too-good-to-be-true deals on LASIK. While these are undoubtedly enticing to many patients in need, the fact is that when it comes to your vision, it pays to choose a practice that can perform the procedure in maximum safety, with an absolutely minimized degree of risk. Our doctors have a combined total of more than 35 years in practice, and have performed more than 30,000 refractive surgeries. Since establishing our practice, we have been leaders in adopting and implementing the latest technology. Deen-Gross has what it takes to help you achieve the best possible results of LASIK.

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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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