Lasik FAQ

How much does the surgeon’s skill have to do with good results



Even with the highly technical instruments used for LASIK, the surgeon's skill and judgment are the most critical factors in achieving excellent visual outcomes. Their

expertise becomes even more crucial during the procedure. We have learned that the accuracy and impeccable precision of numerous small details controlled directly by the

physician and their team are the key to achieving good outcomes. The Cincinnati Eye Institute combines all of this with the latest technology and highest surgical skills. You

can see our results!


Does LASIK hurt?


Before your procedure, your eyes will be numbed with eye drops. You will feel minimal, if any, discomfort.


Are some lasers better than others?


Laser companies have a lot to gain by leading consumers to believe their machines produce better results than

their competitors'. In fact, there are several very good lasers on the market, but excellent surgical outcomes are

much more dependent on the expertise of the surgeon. Your surgeon will choose which laser and procedure are

right for you.


How secure is the flap after surgery?


When the flap is replaced after the laser treatment, it naturally adheres and is held to the surface of the

eye in four ways:

1. Within seconds - the exposed tissue sticks together as the flap returns to its natural position

on the cornea.

2. Within minutes - the cells in the eye pump fluid from the cornea and create a natural vacuum

that further suctions the flap down.

3. Within hours - the cells in the eye grow over the edge of the flap to adhere it further.

4. Within 6 weeks - the healing process bonds the flap in its natural position.


Patient Perspective


"As a registered nurse, I was very skeptical and did

a lot of research on laser vision correction. I have

been thrilled with my decision to have my procedure

at CEI. I’m now 20/20 coming from -9.5! Thanks for

improving my world."

-Lisa Ivers, RN BSN

Can you guarantee 20/20 vision?


Our goal is to get you as close to 20/20 as possible. However, as with any medical procedure, there are no guarantees. Instead of hoping to forever eliminate your

need for corrective lenses, a more realistic goal would be to reduce your dependence on glasses and contact lenses. Most of our patients achieve 20/20 or better vision.


How well will I be able to see right after surgery?


Most people notice immediate improvement right after surgery! Sitting up from the procedure, they can

often see the clock on the wall and details in the room that they were unable to see before their procedure.


Possible Risks


Even though LASIK is a relatively safe procedure with a history of

very few complications, these factors should be considered:



corneal flap problems

irregular healing

corneal surface irregularities

contact lens intolerance


Possible Side Effects


Certain temporary side effects can be expected as part of the recovery process:


light sensitivity

halo effect

fluctuating vision

watery or dry eyes

Patient Perspective


"I’m 26 years old and before LASIK - I couldn’t see at all! With my

newborn son, it was so inconvenient to wake up in the middle of the

night and try to find my glasses. I always showered and went swim-ming

in my contacts. I couldn’t do anything without them. Having

LASIK has changed my life! I feel so good about myself and no more

searching for my glasses in the middle of the night!"

-Donna Lawson

What is monovision and is it right for me



As people approach their mid-forties, it is natural for them to begin losing their ability to focus on both near and distant objects. This age-related change is called

presbyopia. It is the result of the lens in the eye becoming less elastic and losing its ability to change its focus.

Age-related focusing problems are usually relieved by reading glasses or bifocal lenses. People with low amounts of nearsightedness can simply remove their glasses to read.

Contact lens wearers can use reading glasses over their contacts. Another contact lens option is to wear one lens corrected for near vision in one eye and another corrected for

distance vision in the other eye. This is known as monovision.

Monovision may also be an option for those considering refractive surgery. The advantage of monovision is being able to both read and see in the distance without corrective

lenses. This option might be particularly helpful for people who frequently shift their vision between near and far distances. If you feel monovision may be an option for you, it

is important to approach it with care. The Cincinnati Eye Institute recommends having your Optometrist fit you with contact lenses to simulate monovision. Wearing these spe-cially

prescribed contacts for several days will give you the opportunity to "test drive" monovision.


My prescription - what does it mean?

-5.00 +1.25 x160+/- 5.00


This number represents the degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness. A "minus" symbol denotes nearsighted-ness

while a "plus" symbol represents farsightedness. The higher the value, the more near or farsighted you are.


-/+ 1.25


This number identifies the degree of astigmatism. This value may be preceded by a "+" or "-" symbol.




The third number indicates the axis, or location, of the astigmatism.




The fee is payable the day of your

procedure, prior to treatment. For

your convenience we accept cash,

cashier's check, and most major credit

cards. We are also pleased to offer a

monthly payment plan that will fit your