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LASIK

Using the latest in vision correction technology, the LASIK surgeons at Cincinnati Eye Institute can help many patients achieve crisp, clear vision in as little as 15 minutes.

Our Cincinnati Eye Institute LASIK specialists work with you to achieve the best results and most comfortable experience possible.

According to the American Refractive Surgery Council, more than 90% of people who undergo LASIK eye surgery achieve vision that is Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source What is the LASIK Success Rate? American Refractive Surgery Council Go to Source 20/20 or better.

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What is LASIK?

LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) is advanced laser eye surgery designed to reduce or eliminate your need for eyeglasses or contact lenses. LASIK has been popular for decades and is widely considered to be a safe and effective procedure.

The cornea, the clear front surface of the eye, helps focus light on the retina at the back of the eye for sharp vision. LASIK improves vision by correcting the shape of the cornea in eye that do not have light correctly focused on the retina.

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What Can LASIK Treat?

LASIK laser eye surgery can help patients reduce dependence on eyeglasses or contact lenses by correcting common refractive errors, including:

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Who Is a Candidate for LASIK?

To determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK, your eye surgeon will conduct a thorough examination. A good candidate for LASIK:

  • Is at least 18 years of age
  • Has a stable refractive error (no eye prescription change in the last year)
  • Has a refractive error that is treatable with LASIK
  • Has healthy corneas and good overall Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Lasik American Academy of Ophthalmology Go to Source eye health

Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also wait to have LASIK surgery.

Your LASIK Procedure: What to Expect

Preparing for LASIK Vision Correction Surgery

The first step in preparing for LASIK laser eye surgery is to undergo a thorough eye examination by one of the experienced doctors at Cincinnati Eye Institute. Your procedure will be scheduled once you are pronounced a good candidate for laser vision correction.

Contact lenses can change the shape of the cornea, so patients who wear contacts will be asked to switch to glasses for at least one week before LASIK surgery.

On the day of your LASIK procedure, you should not apply any creams, lotions, or makeup to your face. You’ll also need to make arrangements for a ride home after your procedure. While the LASIK procedure often takes less than 15 minutes, you can expect your visit to our office to last about 90 minutes.

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During LASIK

LASIK vision correction surgery is painless and completed within a matter of minutes. Before the procedure, your eye doctor will numb your eyes with anesthetic eye drops and a special device will be used to hold your eyes open.

To begin the procedure, the eye surgeon will use an IntraLase laser (iLASIK) to create a flap in the cornea. Next, an excimer laser will be used to gently reshape the cornea before the flap is put back into place. This flap will heal naturally: there are no sutures required for LASIK eye surgery.

Once your LASIK laser vision correction surgery is completed, you will be fitted with a protective eye shield and spend a short time recovering in our office before you can be driven home to relax and Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Lasik: what should I expect before, during, and after surgery? FDA Go to Source recover.

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Recovery After LASIK

Following your LASIK procedure, you can expect your vision to be significantly improved within 24 hours. Most patients experience minimal discomfort after their LASIK procedure, and are able to return to their normal daily routines (including driving) the day after LASIK surgery.

For the first few days to weeks after your LASIK procedure, you may experience an increased sensitivity to bright light, and you may notice halos around lights when it is dark. Your eyes may also feel dry for the first few days, and this can be treated with over-the-counter eye drops.

To ensure that your eyes are healing properly and that your vision is as clear as possible, we will schedule a follow-up appointment with your ophthalmologist shortly after your vision correction procedure.

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LASIK Technology

At Cincinnati Eye Institute we are committed to remaining at the forefront of ophthalmologic technology in order to provide our patients with the best results and most comfortable experience possible.

We employ the state-of-the-art IntraLase® femtosecond laser during most LASIK procedures, allowing us to perform the entire procedure blade-free using the latest laser technology. We also use the Advanced CustomVue® excimer laser in order to provide patients with high-definition, high-accuracy laser vision correction.

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Frequently Asked Questions About LASIK

What are the risks of LASIK?

According to the American Refractive Surgery Council, fewer than 1% of LASIK patients experience Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source LASIK Complication Rate: The Latest Facts and Stats You Should Know American Refractive Surgery Council Go to Source complications.

LASIK vision correction surgery has a high safety profile and excellent patient satisfaction rates. Still, any surgical procedure is associated with certain risks and complications. Complications and side effects of LASIK eye surgery, while rare, and may include:

  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Dry eyes
  • Inflammation of the cornea
  • Halos around lights

Most of these LASIK side effects are temporary and typically resolve as a patient recovers.

What is bladeless or all-laser LASIK?

Traditionally, the flap created in a patient’s cornea for LASIK was made with a surgical blade called a microkeratome. Thanks to the advanced technology we use at Cincinnati Eye Institute, our surgeons perform blade-free, all-laser LASIK. Our surgeons use the IntraLase® femtosecond laser to create the corneal flap, then the Advanced CustomVue® excimer laser for reshaping the corneal tissue to improve refractive errors.

All-laser LASIK allows us to fully customize patients’ LASIK surgery with a higher degree of accuracy and precision, leading to enhanced refractive outcomes.

Does LASIK hurt?

Anesthetic eye drops are applied before LASIK surgery begins, and patients typically report no pain during the procedure. You might feel a sensation of pressure or experience dimming of your vision at the point in the procedure where the corneal flap is created.

What is the patient satisfaction rate for LASIK?

LASIK eye surgery has the highest patient satisfaction rate of any elective eye procedure, with more than 96% of patients reporting they are happy with the Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Modern laser in situ keratomileusis outcomes Sandoval HP, Donnenfeld ED, Kohnen T, Lindstrom RL, Potvin R, Tremblay DM, Solomon KD Go to Source outcome.

What is recovery like after LASIK?

Recovery after LASIK refractive surgery is typically brief and very little downtime is needed.

One of the best things about LASIK refractive surgery is the fast results: you should notice the full extent of your vision correction within a week!

When can I drive after LASIK?

Patients are required to receive a ride home immediately after their LASIK vision correction surgery. While you may experience blurred vision for a few days following your procedure, some patients experience vision clear enough to feel comfortable driving the day after surgery.

How long will I need to be off work after LASIK?

Most patients return to work one to two days after their LASIK procedure.

Is it possible to correct vision in both eyes during one appointment?

Yes. Most patients prefer to undergo LASIK eye surgery on both eyes at the same time in order to reduce their downtime and time away from work.

Meet Our LASIK Surgeons

Our experienced ophthalmologists use the latest in laser surgery technology to ensure you get the best care possible. Meet your local LASIK surgeons!

LASIK Reviews for Cincinnati Eye Institute

Dr. Barfell is excellent and his staff is too. After my Lasik eye surgery I have been opened to a whole new life. I no longer worry about getting new glasses or contacts ever again! Couldn't ask for better results or a more fantastic experience. I highly recommend Dr Barfell.
Grant S.
I completed a consultation with Dr. Shah and he was wonderful! He explained my results to me and suggested PRK in place of LASIK due to my job/consultation and I am so happy I followed his suggestion! All of the staff was great to work with when it came to scheduling and payment. The day of, Dr. Shah explained the surgery and it was super quick! During my follow up appointments he thoroughly examined my eyes and made sure I didn’t have concerns. I can’t recommend CEI enough along with Dr. Shah. Seriously, schedule with him at the Blue Ash location!
Sarah B.
Dr. Tuohy is AMAZING! I couldn’t recommend her enough! She is thorough and knowledgeable! She answers all of your questions and is very patient! She did my PRK procedure and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!
Nadine G.

Convenient Locations for Your LASIK Consultation.
We Look Forward to Seeing You!

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1945 CEI Drive
Blue Ash OH, 45242

(513) 984-5133

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601 Ivy Gateway
Suite 301
Cincinnati OH, 45245

(513) 984-5133

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580 S Loop Rd
Suite 200
Edgewood KY, 41017

(513) 984-5133

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5850 Innovation Dr,
Middletown OH, 45005

(513) 984-5133

Contact CEI for Laser Vision Correction

If you are ready to see life more clearly without glasses or contacts, you could be a good candidate for LASIK vision correction surgery at Cincinnati Eye Institute. To learn more about LASIK eye surgery and whether you are a good candidate, please contact us to schedule a consultation.

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1 American Refractive Surgery Council. What is the LASIK Success Rate? Available: https://americanrefractivesurgerycouncil.org/laser-eye-surgery-lasik-success-rate/. Accessed October 1, 2020.
2 American Academy of Ophthalmology. Lasik. Available: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/treatments/lasik. Accessed December 8, 2022.
3 FDA. Lasik: what should I expect before, during, and after surgery? Available: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/lasik/what-should-i-expect-during-and-after-surgery. Accessed October 1, 2020.
4 American Refractive Surgery Council. LASIK Complication Rate: The Latest Facts and Stats You Should Know. Available: https://americanrefractivesurgerycouncil.org/lasik-complication-rate-latest-facts. Accessed October 1, 2020.
5 Sandoval HP, Donnenfeld ED, Kohnen T, Lindstrom RL, Potvin R, Tremblay DM, Solomon KD. Modern laser in situ keratomileusis outcomes. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2016 Aug;42(8):1224-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2016.07.012. PMID: 27531300. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27531300. Accessed October 1, 2020.

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