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    LASIK Testimonials

    “I had LASIK done in both my eyes and the next day at my follow up I was seeing 20/20! I’ve been dealing with glasses or contacts since the 5th grade (I’m 30) and as I’ve gotten older, my eyes have become dry, making my contacts very uncomfortable. I don’t know what took me so long to finally do this! I’m not in any pain whatsoever. The waiting area at the surgery center was very comfortable, and every staff member at the Longview and Tyler location were exception! Thank you all!”

    Dannielle S.

    “I had my LASIK surgery Jan 12 and I am so excited to say that just one day after, I’m driving around without glasses! It’s an unbelievable feeling. I’ve worn glasses for 16 years and being able to walk out of the house without them is amazing. The whole experience deserves a 10. Thank you to all the staff and doctors for this wonderful experience!”

    Paloma R.

    “Dr. Hardin did my LASIK. The day after I had 20/15 vision – it is a great feeling knowing I don’t have to deal with corrective lenses anymore!”

    Matt V.

    “I had an excellent experience at Heaton! From the first free exam to getting me in the car after the surgery, everything was top-notch! I especially liked their surgery center which was dimly lit, and super relaxing and plush. One of the things that stood out to me, was Dr. Nickel asking if he could have a short prayer with me before the surgery. It was a very gracious and personable gesture. I am now seeing 20/15! I will definitely be recommending them to all who will listen. Thank you!”

    Clara P.

    “Awesome experience! Best staff ever, well worth the drive from Louisiana!! 20/15 overnight!!”

    Cody C.

    “I recently had LASIK with Dr. Heaton and cannot express how great my vision is now! The process was very thorough and I felt comfortable the whole time. Thanks to the wonderful staff that always had smiles on and were genuinely considerate with all of my needs. I would HIGHLY recommend Heaton Eye Associates to anyone that is remotely interested in having LASIK surgery done. It’s a very fast and painless procedure that will last me a lifetime!”

    Danielle M.

    What Our Patients Are Saying About our Doctors

    “I’ve needed glasses since my college days, and they have made it more difficult to play sports and limited my life in general. I wanted to be free from the restriction of glasses! I chose Heaton Eye Associates because they had great reviews, and as a doctor myself, I trusted Dr. Muirhead – we both graduated from the same medical school!”
    – Dr. Kyle Howard, Pediatrician in Marshall
    (Photo of Joel Muirhead, M.D. and Dr. Kyle Howard)

    “After my husband had such an amazing experience with Dr. Nickel, I decided to take the leap too! From the first visit to the surgery, I’ve met some of the kindest and most professional eye care pros. As a cherry on top of a great experience, Dr. Nickel prayed with me before surgery. I highly recommend Heaton Eye Associates!”
    – Rachel R.
    (Photo of Todd Nickel, D.O. and Rachel R.)

    “I wanted to see clearly without contacts and glasses. I love that I will be able to enjoy clear, crisp vision for years to come! I chose Heaton Eye Associates because they have a wonderful reputation, and trusted doctors and staff.”
    – Heather G.
    (Photo of Joel Muirhead, M.D. and Heather G.)

    “I was ready to be out of contacts and glasses, and I chose Heaton Eye Associates because they have a great reputation. Everyone who worked with me made me feel comfortable and well taken care of. I recommend Heaton to anyone I know!”
    – Melissa K.
    (Photo of Charles Heaton, M.D. and Melissa K.)

    “My experience with Heaton has been absolutely amazing! The staff and doctor made me feel like part of the family. They kept me comfortable and worry free during my procedure. Dr. Hardin walked me through all the steps while I was having my LASIK so I felt completely safe, and there was no pain at all. I’m so happy with my decision!”
    – Ashley W.
    (Photo of Thad Hardin, M.D. and Ashley W.)

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  • Heaton Eye Associates
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    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Shandie Fontenot
    Shandie Fontenot

    5 out of 5 stars

    posted 3 weeks ago

    I'm so satisfied with my visits to Heaton Eye Associates. Everyone I spoke with - from the front desk all the way to the surgery suite - were so kind, understanding, and knowledgeable. At first, Lasik surgery always seemed like one of those bucket list things that maybe I'd get around to one day. But the staff reassured me that I was a great candidate and that it would change my life. I was able to get an appointment for surgery very soon after my second consultation.

    Timeline: first consultation one week, second consultation the soonest Monday I had available, surgery two days after that. They mean serious business, and they really make you feel like everything about you is priority, always checking in on your level of comfort, making sure all of your questions are answered, and working in your best interest.

    The facility itself is very professional and tidy. There are multiple waiting areas that all have clean seating, magazines, and televisions. Before surgery they put you into a relaxation suite that is dark, quiet, and calm. The entire building seems like it was built and designed with patients in mind.

    Dr. Nickel was very professional and reassuring. The lasik procedure was explained to me multiple times, and they also gave me written literature to review so I didn't have to worry about forgetting anything after surgery.

    Surgery itself was mind-blowing. *DO NOT* under any circumstances look at YouTube videos of Lasik. It was slightly uncomfortable but there was no pain until a little after the procedure from my eyes being dry. I followed their advice about aftercare and took a long nap. I woke up this morning with near perfect vision. At my follow up appointment I mentioned to Dr. Nickel that some things were still blurry, which had me nervous. He explained clearly that this was normal, checked on my eyes again and let me know there was some haziness in my corneas that would go away within weeks. I love that they help you set your follow up appointments and genuinely care for each of their customers.

    Thank y'all for all of your help! I couldn't be more grateful.

    Amanda Folmar
    Amanda Folmar

    5 out of 5 stars

    posted 1 week ago

    I received Lasik from Nickols yesterday, and I am a totally new person today! From the time I walked in the door to leaving with "my new eyes" it was a fantastic experience! Highly recommended!

    Lizz Kea
    Lizz Kea

    5 out of 5 stars

    posted 3 months ago

    I had LASIK with Dr. Nickel in August. I’ve been wearing glasses or contacts since I was 7.... now I see 20/20 after my surgery and my vision has never been better.... it has been absolutely life changing!!! Dr. Nickel walked me through the whole procedure as it was happening, I experienced absolutely NO discomfort, was ready to drive by the next morning, and the staff was amazing. This place is second to none- if you need ANY vision care, go to Heaton!

  • Randa Martinez
    Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 3:49am

    Amazing service, everyone was friendly! Time was efficient which I was so thankful for!

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    Victoria Ashley Searer
    Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 12:39am

    My son had horrible eye allergies and the ladies in the front worked him in quickly the same day. A lady named Jennifer worked tirelessly to help us get the prescription he needed for some relief. She’ll never know how much it meant to me.

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    Amanda Folmar
    Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at 2:54am

    Received Lasik and am so excited and impressed by the doctors, staff and facility. Highly recommend!

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    Tonya Williams
    Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at 2:47am

    Great group of people- Wendy is especially nice and they all make you feel as though you are the only patient there. I had a wonderful experience and would recommend Heaton Eye Associates to everyone!

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    Black Wolf
    Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at 2:29am

    Woo-Hoo!!! I can see!

    This year I turned 40 and decided I was tired of waiting to get LASIK. I’ve had glasses since in 3rd grade and it’s about time I got rid of them.

    Got the surgery...

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