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Prepare Your Eyes for a Special Event

Posted by administration on May 28, 2014


Special events abound during the spring and summer months. Many people take measures to look their very best for special events – they go to the hairdresser, buy new clothing, maybe even lose weight. If you have a special event coming up, and don’t want to have to hassle with glasses or contacts, you may choose to add LASIK to your To Do list.

The good news is that most people can be back to their normal activities – and seeing with more clarity – the day after their LASIK procedure. It is advised that you not wait until the last minute to schedule your appointment. Some people simply aren’t good candidates for LASIK because of their overall eye health, the fact that their corneas are too thin or other health reasons.  It’s important to schedule a LASIK evaluation well in advance of your special event just in case a different type of vision correction procedure like PRK is warranted. Some LASIK alternative procedures require more recovery time even though they can provide similar vision outcomes overall.

LASIK is an investment in you. The procedure has helped millions of Americans have the visual freedom to live a lens-free life. Find out if LASIK can give you the same freedom.

Get your eyesight in tip-top shape for your next special event. Contact Spivack Western Slope to schedule a free LASIK Consultation at 970-928-9752 or

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Are You Photo-Happy on Facebook?

Posted by administration on May 22, 2014

A 2013 study out of the UK showed that uploading too many photos of yourself to Facebook, including ‘selfies’, can make people like you less. However, Facebook also made changes in 2013 to its news feed to make room for larger pictures. The fact is that people do like to see photos of their friends, family, co-workers and old school chums on social media. It’s probably the number one reason why so many people flock to Facebook and sites like Instagram (although we can’t scientifically back this statement up).

The question is: Do you like how you look in the photos that you post – or the ones that others post of you? Are your glasses taking center-stage in your photos? Is there always glare coming off your lenses?

While these may seem like insignificant reasons to have a vision correction surgery, consider this: LASIK may help you gain more self-confidence in front of the camera or smart phone lens. Dr. Spivack at Spivack Western Slope has helped thousands of patients correct their nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism through LASIK procedures. If you want to find out if you can get rid of your glasses and contacts, Dr. Name offers free LASIK Consultations to tell you more about the procedure and help you find out if your eyes are right for LASIK.

So, if you don’t want to turn off your friends and family on Facebook, post less photos of yourself. However, we will warn you that after LASIK, your appearance without glasses may have your face showing up on Facebook more often. But we feel it’s worth the risk.

Contact Spivack Western Slope to schedule a free LASIK Consultation at 970-928-9752 or

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Stay Away from Cheap LASIK

Posted by administration on May 14, 2014

You may have seen advertisements for LASIK at incredibly low prices. In 2013, the average price for laser vision correction was $2,073 per eye. So how can some centers advertise LASIK for $299, $499 or $699?

What sounds like a great deal on the surface may be cancelled out by the fine print:

  • The pricing may be tiered based on your prescription. The lowest price is only available to patients who need correction of 1.0 to 1.25 diopters – very low vision correction requirements. If you have more severe vision problems you probably won’t be eligible for the low rate.
  • The type of technology used for the procedure may be considerably older than state-of-the-art current technology. Newer technologies may provide a more precise procedure with less risk of complications.
  • There will likely be other fees tacked on that are typically covered in the cost of LASIK, such as the initial consultation, follow-up visits, enhancements, etc.
  • The surgeon may be less experienced and not have a good track record of success. 

Spivack Western Slope refuses to take this approach. We provide advanced LASIK technology to achieve the best possible vision outcomes. And we make LASIK affordable by offering competitive LASIK financing options.

Schedule your free LASIK Consultation in Glenwood Springs so you can learn more about why Spivack WEstern Slope is the right choice for LASIK. You will learn if you are a candidate for LASIK and you’ll learn exactly how much your procedure will cost before you leave. Call 970-928-9752 or visit today.

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Give Mom What She Really Wants

Posted by administration on May 08, 2014

Mother’s Day is May 11, 2014. If you are searching for the perfect gift for Mom, one that will really make a difference in her life, consider LASIK vision correction.

Let’s face it. Moms work harder than anyone in the family. They are the cooks, the housecleaners, the chauffeurs, the master schedulers, the fashion coordinators, the nurses, the hairstylists, the homework helpers, the storytellers, the playdate organizers, the party planners and often the bread-winners of the household. Wouldn’t it be nice if Mom could handle all of these tasks without the hassles of glasses or contacts?

If you have a Mom in your life that relies on corrective lenses to perform all of her Super Mom duties, surprise her by scheduling a free LASIK Consultation for her at Spivack Western Slope. Sometimes it’s hard for Moms to step back and take time for themselves; this free LASIK Consultation in Glenwood Springs will give her a nudge in that direction.

Dr. Spivack will talk her through the LASIK process and determine if her eyes are right for LASIK. Then it will be up to her to decide whether or not she would like to take steps toward 20/20 vision. We will even offer her 0% LASIK financing for up to 24 months to help make the procedure more affordable.

To schedule a free LASIK Consultation for the Super Mom in your life, contact Spivack Western Slope today at 970-928-9752 or visit LASIK for Mom…what could be better?

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Is LASIK Better Than Contacts?

Posted by administration on April 30, 2014


A recent study has measured patient satisfaction with LASIK compared to contact lenses for vision correction. The study found that LASIK results in fewer vision problems with night driving both with former contact lens wearers and former glasses wearers. However, complaints about dry eye were common among people who had LASIK as well as those who wore contact lenses or glasses.

The study, led by Francis Price Jr., M.D., gathered patient satisfaction over a three-year period. Patients in the study were between 18 and 60 years of age and included:

  • 356 participants who wore contacts only
  • 448 participants who wore contacts then had LASIK
  • 154 participants who wore glasses and then had LASIK

Participants were asked if they would recommend LASIK or contacts to a friend or family member. The results were as follows:

  • 53% of patients who wore contacts agreed that they would recommended contacts
  • 87% of patients who wore contacts and then had LASIK agreed that they would recommend LASIK
  • 77% of patients who wore glasses and then had LASIK agreed that they would recommend LASIK

Another question asked of the group was whether patients believed LASIK works better than wearing contact lenses; 96% answered that they either “agreed” or “strongly agreed.”

Still another question addressed night vision difficulties. The rate of night driving problems decreased after LASIK for those participants who had previously worn contacts or glasses. “Overall, LASIK improves night driving vision and that was very significant,” said Dr. Price.

If you have been “on the fence” about having LASIK vision correction, this new study may help you decide to take the first step toward improved vision.

Learn more about the risks of LASIK, the benefits of LASIK and whether your eyes are right for LASIK by scheduling a free LASIK Consultation at Spivack Western Slope. Call 970-928-9752 or visit to schedule your appointment. Or take our free online LASIK Self-Evaluation here. 

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