About Durrie Vision

our story

Kansas City's laser vision correction surgeons

Correcting your vision can be a life-changing decision, which makes your choice in eye care providers all the more important. At Durrie Vision, we work hard to make you our top priority throughout every step of your care. Our practice emphasizes the individuality of the patient experience, one that is uniquely tailored to each person’s needs and goals. This personalized approach to patient care is the driving force behind the exceptional results our patients have come to expect.

Durrie Vision Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple – your time, experience, and results are as important to us as they are to you. From the initial consultation, to the day of surgery, to a routine exam performed years after your

procedure, each step of the experience is designed to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in your decision to have your vision corrected with us.

Leaders in Refractive
Surgery for Over 30

Refractive vision correction has come a long way. Advancements in technology and techniques have led to new procedures, more customized treatment options, and improved outcomes. Dr. Durrie founded Durrie Vision with a commitment to not only

refining and enhancing results for our patients, but to advancing the entire field. See the progression of some of the major industry innovations below, with those where Durrie Vision was directly involved in the research and development phase.

Radial Keratomy

Performed in the US for the first time, RK corrected nearsightedness by making tine spoke-line incisions in the cornea, flattening its shape. With far more precise methods available, RK is no longer performed today.

Photoreactive Keratectomy (PRK)

The first excimer laser receives FDA approval for PRK, a procedure that corrects refractive error by gently ablating the surface of the eye before using the laser to reshape the cornea.

  • Clinical Research Site
  • Performed 1st PRK procedure in the US following FDA approval
Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK)

Traditional LASIK created a flap in the cornea with a manual blade, then corrected refractive error with the excimer laser. This method is no longer utilized at Durrie Vision.

  • Clinical Research Site
Sub-Bowman’s Keratomileusis (SBK) Advanced LASIK

SBK is an advanced form of LASIK, which uses a femtosecond laser to create the flap, followed by the excimer laser to reshape the cornea. This all-laser technique is safer & more precise than using a manual blade as in traditional LASIK.

  • Developed by Dr. Daniel Durrie & Dr. Stephen Slade
Refractive Lens Exchange

Following FDA approval of presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses, surgeons begin performing Refractive Lens Exchange and Refractive Cataract procedures.

  • Clinical Research Site
Phakic Intraocular Lens

Staar receives FDA approval for the Visian Implantable Collamer Lens. This implantable lens is placed behind the iris and in front of the eye’s natural lens to treat severe myopia.

  • Clinical Research Site
Corneal Inlays

Offering a solution for presbyopia, the Karma Inlay receives FDA approval. Implanted in a pocket or flap within the cornea, it relies on small aperture optics to increase depth-of-focus and restore near vision.

  • Clinical Research Site
Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (CXL)

CXL is the first FDA approved treatment for Keratoconus, a progressive disease of the cornea. Combining the use of UVA light and riboflavin drops, CXL stops disease progression and improves corneal curvature.

  • Clinical Research Site
SMILE Vision Correction

In this minimally invasive procedure, a laser is used to create a thin contact lens-shaped layer just beneath the surface of the eye and then a small opening, through which the layer is removed. Removal of this tissue changes the shape of the cornea to achieve desired refractive correction.

Topography-Guided LASIK

Topography-guided LASIK further customizes a laser vision correction procedure by providing detailed measurements mapped to each person’s corneal surface, resulting in a greater degree of personalization.

  • Clinical Research Site

Focus on Independence

Focus on Independence is a non-profit organization that provides laser vision correction at no cost to disabled individuals who cannot use their arms or hands to handle eyeglasses and contact lenses.


The program was born during a moment in 2003 when Dr. Durrie watched Christopher Reeves deliver a televised speech. The actor, who was paralyzed at the time, wore glasses which his wife had to position on his face.


Dr. Durrie was inspired to take action. He created Focus on Independence as a way to use his skills to give back to the community and help individuals suffering from paralysis regain some of their independence.

Durrie Vision Doctors

Choosing a LASIK or vision correction surgeon is one of the most important decisions you can make as it directly impacts both your experience and results. At Durrie Vision, you can trust your eyes to our team of dedicated doctors who are among the most experienced and respected vision correction specialists in the country.

  • Jason E. Stahl, MD
    Laser Vision Correction Refractive Cataract Surgery, Refractive Lens Exchange
  • Kelly F. Grosdidier
    Doctor of Optometry Refractive Surgery Clinical Care
  • William C. Cheek
    Doctor of Optometry Refractive Surgery Clinical Care

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