Review of Maloney Vision Institute!
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Lasik Rule of Thumb: Don't go to a place that needs to advertise in the LA Weekly. Any place that offers a two for one discount is probably not a good idea.
Maloney Vision Institute is by far not the cheapest place to get laser eye surgery, but then again, you probably shouldn't bargain shop when it comes to your eyesight.
I went to the Maloney Vision Institute back in January, after a friend of mine gave Dr. Maloney a glowing review. If you visit his Web site, you'll see that he has the resume and the celebrity clientele to back up his stellar reputation in the Lasik community.
Personally, when I visited the Institute, I found the celebrity aspect cheesy (there are celebrity testimonials both on the Web site and on the walls of the office), but I will say this, Dr. Maloney is very smart about how he chooses to run his practice. Most places that deal with celebrity clients, treat everyone else like they are unimportant.
From the moment I walked into Dr. Maloney's office, I felt like I was in good hands. Let's face it, you can talk to all your friends who've had Lasik done, but there is no amount of research that can prepare you for the unknown. In the waiting room, I was asked to watch a DVD that explained and demonstrated in detail what the procedure would entail. Then a pre-op specialist was appointed to me to run tests that would determine whether I was a good candidate for Lasik. She explained what she was doing every step of the way.
When it was time to meet the doctor before the surgery, we walked down a corridor with examination rooms on the righthand side and a long seating area to the left with post-op patients resting with their eyes closed for the mandatory five minutes. Admittedly, I felt like I was part of a sci-fi assembly line; if you think about it, the whole procedure is just weird. I was in my examination room for only two minutes when Dr. Maloney walked in to say hello & explain more about the procedure. I am a complete nerd when it comes to efficiency. Nothing makes me happier than a well-oiled machine. I figured out later that the reason why I never had to w
After meeting the doctor, I was given a short lunch break and returned feeling nervous as my pre-op specialist prepared me for the surgery with numbing eye drops & an optional dose of Xanax. My advice to anyone getting Lasik done is TAKE THE XANAX; when the Xanax kicks in you won't even care if you go blind. I was in the operating room for only five minutes when Dr. Maloney arrived to begin the procedure. He explained everything thoroughly before each step of the procedure. In addition, he had a checks and balances system in place to ensure that the chart he was going off of was indeed my chart and that the laser settings were for the correct eye. The procedure was over in 7-10 minutes, and I was led over to the resting area.
After five minutes, I was given a care package complete with goggles, antibiotics, a DVD with post-care instructions, and an Ambien to help me keep my eyes closed for the next four hours. My parking fees were covered in full (unlike Cedars Sinai), and my husband drove me home.
Two weeks later, I got a box of chocolate in the mail congratulating me on my 20/15 vision. Some might think this is over the top, but come on, the man, in addition to having an impeccable resume, knows how to run a smart business.
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- Closed Sunday
- 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Monday
- 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Tuesday
- 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Wednesday
- 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM Thursday
- 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM Friday
- Closed Saturday