The Customized Approach

At VEI, each patient’s pre-operative goals, expectations, and eye measurements are assessed and patients individually counseled on the various methods of vision correction available to them.

LASIK eye surgery Introduction

If you are seeking a LASIK surgeon in Ohio we hope that you find our website informational and pertinent to your research process. Understanding LASIK can often be difficult and that is precisely why we have developed a LASIK page that aims to answer any possible questions and concerns you may have. Of course there is nothing better than speaking directly with our doctors and staff. The LASIK information below will be a great start to understanding LASIK or your other vision correction options.


Understanding LASIK

LASIK actually stands for Laser in-situ keratomileusis, and is the most commonly performed type of laser eye surgery available today. The LASIK procedure is quick, effective and has a very small amount of potential side effects, making this a premium vision correction option. LASIK is a great option for many individuals considering laser vision correction for a variety of very personal and professional reasons. LASIK may not promise perfect vision, however; it is a highly successful procedure that can at the very least reduce a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The lifestyle benefits can be tremendous for active and social people. These benefits can enable people to more freely pursue their hobbies, sports activities or career options. At Valley Eye Institute we have various options for LASIK surgery involving custom options and even blade-free LASIK. Be sure to ask about our state of the art LASIK equipment.

The LASIK Procedure

Click to see LASIK Procedure videoDuring LASIK the surgeon first applies anesthetic eye drops to numb the eye for surgery. To guide replacement of the flap, the Cornea is marked with water-soluble ink.  Next, a suction ring is applied, which  is designed to hold the eye steady and also confirms the pressure of the eye. The surgeon then creates the corneal flap, tests for laser alignment and walks the patient through the fixation process. The corneal flap is lifted and the computer-controlled excimer laser removes the tissue under the flap and reshapes the cornea of the affected eye. In less than 60 seconds, high-energy pulses from the excimer laser actually reshape the internal cornea with accuracy up to 0.25 microns, or 1/4000 of a millimeter. The corneal flap is then replaced, which helps expedite the healing process.  Your doctor will watch the eye for five minutes to ensure proper placement and healing.  Because of the extraordinary bonding properties of the corneal tissue, stitches are not needed to keep the flap in place.

Understanding Blade-FREE LASIK

LASIK can be performed by making the flap with either a mechanical microkeratome, or a Blade-Free ALL Laser system. The doctors at Valley Eye Institute have both options available and are dedicated to providing our patients with the best treatment options available. Please visit our page regarding Intralase Blade-FREE LASIK for more information to understand why this is considered the safest LASIK and is used by NASA and US Air Force pilots.

Your LASIK surgery DAY

You will arrive at the laser center in Sidney, Ohio about an hour prior to your procedure. Once you have been checked in you may be offered a sedative to help you relax. All pre-operative measurements as well as each individual treatment plan are reviewed thoroughly. You will then be prepared for surgery.  Anesthetic eye drops will be used to numb your eyes; no injections or needles will be used. When your eye is completely numb, an eyelid holder will be placed between your eyelids to keep you from blinking during the procedure.

Questions to ASK your LASIK surgeon

  • How many LASIK surgeries have you performed?
  • Are you a board certified ophthalmologist?
  • Do you perform other vision correction procedures or just LASIK?
  • What are the risks involved with LASIK?
  • What type of laser do you use and how old is it?
  • What are your surgical outcomes averages?
  • Will I need an enhancement?
  • Does LASIK vision regress overtime?
  • If LASIK is not an option for me are there other options?
  • Is the procedure painful?
  • What is your success rate? Do you measure results for each patient?
  • What is the follow up care like?
  • Will my vision regress?
  • Do enhancements cost extra?
  • What is the cost?
  • How can a LASIK chain charge only $299 per eye for LASIK. Is this the same or a different procedure
  • Someone told me to be careful of cheap LASIK doctors. How is this allowed to happen?
  • What if I have dry eyes already. Does LASIK enhance dry eye or make it worse?
  • Do you have a Blade-FREE Laser system?
  • Will I need to take a lot of pills after the surgery? What about eye drops?


LASIK is a surgical procedure conducted on the cornea. It is crucial that patients are well educated on the potential benefits and risks of this procedure.  After your pre-operative evaluation you will have a good idea about the risks and what they imply to your specific situation. It is important to discuss any concerns with your surgeon.  Each patient’s vision is different and different treatment options are available in order to give the best possible results. The only way to determine if LASIK is right for you is to come in and discuss your options with our LASIK coordinator.

Click here for a review of the LASIK risks listed by the FDA.