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LASIK

Welcome to the LASIK Education Center

For 35 years, LASIK has been offering people a proven and precise option to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses and contacts. We want to be sure you fully understand your vision, how LASIK works, and what you can expect from your LASIK procedure so you can make the best decision for your vision. We’ve invested in leading iLASIK technology and diagnostic tools to ensure a precise and predictable LASIK outcome.

After exploring our LASIK Education Center, contact us to schedule your Free VIP iLASIK Consultation to learn more about your options at Valley Eye Associates.

What Is LASIK?

LASIK is an acronym that stands for “Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis.” In a LASIK procedure, a cool excimer laser is used to gently reshape the cornea (the clear window in front of your eye). By reshaping the cornea, your eye can properly focus images on the retina (the seeing part of your eye). When these images are properly focused, you won’t need glasses or contacts to see clearly!

LASIK is one of the most commonly performed procedures around the world today. With millions of procedures performed each year, it is an accurate, precise, and predictable procedure with benefits that last for many years. Your LASIK procedure will last only minutes, and most patients return to their normal daily activities the day after their procedure. The benefits of clearer vision thanks to LASIK will help you create memories for a lifetime and the lifestyle you deserve.

And the most exciting part? A vast majority of LASIK patients at Valley Eye Associates see 20/20 (and, sometimes, even better) after their LASIK surgery. If you would like to learn more about whether or not you may be eligible for LASIK, take our self-evaluation survey and we will send you more information about your options.

Dr. Michael Vrabec performing a LASIK procedure

Watch the video above to learn more about Dr. Vrabec and how iLASIK can help you see the important moments in your life more clearly!

LASIK Technology

Advances in LASIK technology mean that more people than ever before are good candidates for a LASIK procedure. Whether you suffer from nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, our LASIK technology can help you achieve more vision clarity and freedom.

Illustration of normal vision

Normal Vision is the result of a cornea that is perfectly curved, which allows light entering the eye to properly focus images on the retina.

Illustration of nearsighted vision

Nearsightedness occurs when the cornea curvature is too steep, which causes the eye to focus images in front of the retina. This results in blurry distance vision.

Illustration of farsighted vision

Farsightedness occurs when the cornea curvature is too flat, which causes the eye to focus images behind the retina. This results in blurry near vision.

Illustration of astigmatism

Astigmatism occurs when the cornea has several curves (like a football), which can cause the eye to focus images in multiple locations. This can result in blurry and distorted vision at all distances.

At Valley Eye Associates, we use the most advanced all-laser iLASIK technology to treat each of these eye conditions. While other LASIK practices still use a metal blade for part of the LASIK procedure, we are committed to providing the most innovative all-laser option for the greatest possible precision, increased safety and predictability, and better vision outcomes.

The technology we invest in has proven to benefit our patients:

  • iDesign and CustomVue Treatments help us capture a “fingerprint” image of your eye’s imperfections for a treatment unique to each patient.
  • Iris Registration and Eye Tracker Technology functions like an eye scanner and helps the laser perfectly track your eye during your procedure.
  • Intralase iFS Laser Technology allows us to perform all-laser LASIK without the use of any handheld blades by safely creating a custom cornea flap for each patient.
  • The VISX Star S4 Laser offers the highest level of laser precision for your LASIK procedure by providing accuracy to 0.25 microns (a human hair is about 70 microns thick!). It’s also the only laser system that features 3-D technology that tracks and adjusts for eye movement in every direction during the treatment.

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Watch the video above to learn more about the iDesign system.

LASIK Procedure

Your customized iLASIK procedure using the iDesign System can be explained in three steps. In each of these steps, we use highly advanced technology and precision measurements to ensure your LASIK procedure is simple and effective.

Illustration of LASIK Step 1

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Step 1

We create detailed measurements of your eye and cornea using Wavefront-Optimized technology. This allows us to create a “map” of your eye, complete with every contour and shape, so that we can program the laser to your eye exactly.

Illustration of LASIK Step 2

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Step 2

Next, we use our precise iFS laser to gently create a protective flap on the surface of your eye. This flap is gently lifted to expose the cornea stroma. Using a laser for this step of your procedure ensures the precision and accuracy of the flap creation.

Illustration of LASIK Step 3

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Step 3

The exposed cornea stroma is then reshaped with a cool excimer laser. Eye tracking technology allows for an accurate and precise treatment, even if your eye is moving. Finally, the flap is folded back in place, allowing the eye to begin healing immediately.

After your iLASIK procedure, you will notice improved vision immediately! We will provide you with eye drops and instructions to follow after your procedure. Most patients tell us that their eyes feel great just a few hours after the procedure, and nearly all patients are able to return to work and most daily activities the next day.

LASIK FAQs

The only way to know for sure if you’re a candidate is to join us for a Free VIP iLASIK Consultation. During that consultation, we will take detailed measurements of your eyes and discuss your lifestyle and vision goals. All this information will help us inform you if you’re a candidate for LASIK. Thanks to advances in technology, nearly all our patients are candidates for either iLASIK or one of our other advanced vision correction procedures.

Generally speaking, ideal candidates for LASIK are 18 to 60 years old, have had a stable vision correction prescription for 12 months, and have good overall health and eye health. Our LASIK Self-Evaluation can help you understand some of these criteria and get you started on your journey to better vision

No — LASIK is a non-invasive procedure that most patients describe as being nearly pain-free. Before a LASIK procedure, the surface of your eye will be numbed with anesthetic eye drops. Patients will feel a small amount of pressure during the actual LASIK procedure. In addition, for the first 12 hours after LASIK, patients do experience some irritation and tear production. This is a normal part of the eye adjusting and healing after LASIK. Most of our patients tell us they take a nap after their LASIK procedure and wake up feeling and seeing much better!

There’s no way around it — LASIK is a significant investment in your vision and your preferred lifestyle. While there are cheaper options for LASIK advertised in the region, Valley Eye Associates has invested in the most precise and advanced LASIK technology available in order to protect your vision.

We believe that iLASIK is one of the best investments you can make in yourself and your future. Consider how much money you might spend on glasses and contacts each year over the next 10-20 years. Now think about how much you might spend on a summer or holiday vacation. While a vacation lasts a week, clearer vision will benefit you for many years. And, when you go on vacation, clearer vision will help you create even more vivid memories!

Finally, we are committed to providing flexible payment and financing options to make LASIK an option for patients on nearly any budget. That’s why we offer CareCredit financing and can discuss other options with you, such as Flex Spending Accounts, to create a financial plan for your LASIK procedure.

You will notice the changes in your vision right after your procedure. After your procedure, there will be eye drops to use for a week or so. When you wake up the day after your procedure, you will likely notice the higher quality of your new LASIK vision. Most people are able to return to work and nearly all of their daily activities the day after their procedure!

Following your LASIK procedure, you will want to avoid contact sports, swimming, and other activities that could directly impact your eyes for one week. Your doctor will check on your eyes throughout this time and let you know when you can fully return to all activities.

Yes! The results of your LASIK procedure are permanent because the cornea is reshaped using our advanced laser platform. Many people enjoy the results of their LASIK procedure for decades. Despite what you may hear, LASIK does not “wear off.” But, a small percentage of our patients do have a small laser enhancement months of years after the initial procedure to fine tune the results.

However, it is also true that after your LASIK procedure, your eye and body will continue to change as a natural part of the aging process. This is unrelated to your LASIK procedure. Over time, the effects of presbyopia or cataracts on your eye can create new issues that can cause blurry, cloudy vision. Valley Eye Associates offers innovative programs to treat these conditions as well, ensuring that we can continue to monitor and maintain your clear vision after your LASIK procedure.

After your LASIK procedure, it is important to continue regular eye exams and proper care for your eyes to maintain the benefits of your LASIK procedure.

There are risks associated with any type of surgery, even a surgery as advanced and predictable as LASIK. Thanks to the vast experience and advanced technology offered by Dr. Vrabec and the Valley Eye Associates team, your iLASIK procedure will be very safe and very precise. When you see us for your Free VIP iLASIK Consultation, we will discuss the possible risks with you in detail so you can understand how our premium technology and process can reduce any risk of your LASIK procedure and create a great outcome for your vision. In fact, Dr. Vrabec has performed over 30,000 refractive procedures with an extremely low complication rate.

Discover more answers to your LASIK questions during this Q&A with Dr. Vrabec.

LASIK Affordability

LASIK is a fantastic investment in your vision and your future — it’s also a big investment! Valley Eye Associates is committed to providing the best LASIK program in the region, and we’re also committed to making LASIK affordable for as many people as possible. That’s why we’ve partnered with CareCredit to create a variety of payment plan options for you. We hope these payment plan options can help you envision how LASIK might fit into your financial goals!

In addition to patient financing options, you may also consider your Health Savings Accounts, Flex Spending Accounts, and other payment options to pay for your iLASIK procedure. Schedule your Free VIP iLASIK Consultation or call our office at (800) 344‑4443 to learn more about all the options available to you!

LASIK Testimonials

”What can I say about my new eyes? They are so amazing! I have been wearing glasses and contacts for as long as I can remember, and getting LASIK from Dr. Michael Vrabec at Valley Eye Associates has completely changed my life. For the first time, I can go to bed without worrying if I took out my contacts, that is an amazing feeling! This summer, I have been able to wear regular sunglasses and still see! You will have no idea the freedom I am experiencing until you have LASIK for yourself. I know, I know, LASIK can sound scary but it isn’t at all! Honestly! The staff at Valley Eye Associates are so friendly and knowledgeable they make the entire experience quick, easy, and stress free! But don’t just take my word for it, go to Valley Eye Associates and talk to them for yourself, it will be the best thing you will ever do!”

Tanner Schram of KISS FM, iLASIK Patient

“With my active lifestyle, I was having trouble wearing my contacts all day without dryness or blurry vision. With my upcoming wedding, I was concerned about wearing my contacts all day and staying comfortable. I am so excited to run, bike, do duathlons and triathlons without glasses and contacts. I’m also very excited to not have to worry about glasses and contacts on my wedding day. My experience at Valley Eye was great! Everyone was so helpful, nice, and had a great sense of humor. Any question that I had was answered and I felt well informed throughout the experience.”

iLASIK Patient

“I want to thank you and the team at Valley Eye for the wonderful experience. I had been in glasses/contacts for 20 years and although I never had an issue wearing contacts, the thought of not having to deal with them every day was pretty appealing. I recently started competing in triathlons and swimming with contacts was a challenge, especially on race day. Not having to worry about packing an extra pair of contacts or losing them during the swim is going to make race season this year so much more enjoyable! I have to admit, I was pretty nervous about this entire process but everyone at Valley Eye really made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions. Everything from the initial consultation through my post-op appointment went so smooth and was effortless. I would definitely recommend Valley Eye to anyone who is considering LASIK!”

iLASIK Patient

“From day one, the LASIK process has been so easy and seamless. I’ve never had a procedure explained to me so well and so thoroughly! I have worn glasses since I was nine years old, so to now have 20/15 vision is amazing! Dr. Vrabec even called me personally the night before the procedure, which was extremely comforting. From beginning to end, I couldn’t be happier with the service and expertise of this team. I would recommend LASIK from Valley Eye Associates to anyone!”

iLASIK Patient

“Best decision I ever made was to get LASIK from Dr. Vrabec. Everyone made me feel super comfortable and at ease!”

Jane, iLASIK Patient

“I just had iLASIK at Valley Eye and I am so happy with my experience! Everyone was so respectful and knowledgeable. They had an answer to all my questions. I was very nervous but they made me feel at ease. Thank you so much Dr. Vrabec! I’m so happy!”

Bri, iLASIK Patient

“Let me tell you how amazing it was to work with Valley Eye! I have been wearing glasses/contacts since I was in Kindergarten. When I opened my eyes for the first time after surgery and I could read the sign on the ceiling, a wave of emotion hit me like a ton of bricks. I could see. I could read words without contacts or glasses. I had no idea what that felt like. I burst into a Niagara Falls like sobbing (in the laser room, mind you). The nurses were so kind and amazing. The doctor was kind and amazing. Everyone I encountered at Valley Eye was great to work with. They definitely did not fall short of my expectations at all. I had a fantastic experience. I wish I would have done it sooner in life!”

Amber, iLASIK Patient

“Had LASIK done yesterday and the results are better than I could have ever dreamed. My vision is 20/20 with no glasses! The staff at Valley Eye Associates is extremely nice and professional. They had good answers for all my questions and made the experience as stress free as possible.”

Evan, iLASIK Patient

“Great experience and very knowledgeable staff! So happy with my results.”

Melissa, iLASIK Patient

“I have been extremely happy with the outcome of my LASIK surgery. I feel like a new person, and my vision has been restored. The staff was friendly, and made the whole experience a great one for me. I have already recommended my sister, they do a great job.”

Sorcha, iLASIK Patient

“Having LASIK was a goal for me this year. I am not sure why I didn’t do it sooner. It is the best decision I have ever made for myself. I was very nervous going into this but everyone at Valley Eye was so knowledgeable and answered questions throughout the whole process. I was in and out of the surgery in an hour and my recovery was only about a day. Dr. Vrabec was very friendly during the surgery and talked me through everything. I cannot recommend Valley Eye enough!”

Nicole, iLASIK Patient

“As a physician assistant who works in surgery: highly recommend Valley Eye – from my free consultation to follow up appointments after LASIK – everything has been smooth, informative and always met with a friendly staff. Recently had LASIK and it’s been wonderful! Wish I would have done this 10 years ago! Dr. Vrabec is the most qualified physician in the area and I would not go to anyone else for my eyes.”

Jill, iLASIK Patient

“Dr. Vrabec was amazing. I would recommend him to anyone looking to get LASIK. The staff is full of friendly and caring people!”

Rachel, iLASIK Patient

“Thank you Valley Eye Associates! I had my LASIK done this past July and it’s been the best decision I ever made. It was hard to explain to some non-glasses users why this was so important, but having perfect vision is truly priceless.”

Tyler, iLASIK Patient

“Dr. Vrabec and his staff did my iLASIK, and let me tell you, it was an amazing experience! Great doc, great facility, great staff, and great results! Thanks Valley Eye Associates!”

Adam, iLASIK Patient

“If you are considering LASIK, I highly recommend Valley Eye Associates. I had so many questions, and met with them for a consultation…they answered them all and put me at ease. I am seeing better than perfect in both eyes after my LASIK procedure!”

Nicole, iLASIK Patient

“I can’t believe how fast and painless it was and the results I had right away. It feels so great to be able to see without glasses and contacts. I think it’s awesome.”

Tracy, iLASIK PatientAppleton, WI

“I was initially hesitant, but the physicians and staff were fantastic. They kept me well-informed, answered my questions and thoroughly explained the whole process.”

Robert, iLASIK PatientNeenah, WI

“I maintain an active lifestyle that renders wearing glasses impractical; yet, allergies and other conditions eliminated contacts as a solution. IntraLASIK was a godsend!”

Robin, iLASIK PatientMenasha, WI

“Everyone made me feel comfortable and I would highly recommend Valley Eye Associates to anyone considering a vision enhancement procedure.”

Joellyn, iLASIK PatientLittle Chute, WI

“From my initial consultation to my procedure and follow up visit, Dr. Vrabec and the staff were informative, friendly, professional and supportive. I can’t thank them enough for the gift of better vision.”

Doug Erickson of KISS FM, iLASIK Patient

“After looking at all the different options, Dr. Vrabec and Valley Eye Associates are the best. From the first visit through surgery and follow-up, it was first class.”

Roger, iLASIK PatientManitowoc, WI

“As a professional baseball player, before I had my surgery it was an inconvenience for me to wear glasses or contacts while playing… I know that this surgery has changed my life for the better.’

Justin, iLASIK PatientAntigo, WI

“It went amazingly well. I am a very satisfied patient. I am looking forward to years of not wearing glasses. The personal touches and the involvement of the staff was exceptional.”

Robert, iLASIK PatientNeenah, WI

“I wish I’d have done this years ago! How exciting to see everything without glasses or contacts — I haven’t been able to do that for 24 years! Thank you so much!”

Mary, iLASIK PatientWasau, WI