Everything you need to know about LASIK in Harrisburg


What is LASIK?

LASIK (laser in-situ keratomileusis) is a popular type of refractive surgery, which uses an excimer laser to change the cornea’s curvature (outer window of the eye). LASIK is the procedure of choice for most patients because they recover more quickly than with other vision correction methods.

How does LASIK in Harrisburg work?

The first step of LASIK involves making a very thin flap in the cornea. The FS200 laser directs a laser beam into a tiny two-micron size spot of energy. The beam passes harmlessly through the cornea’s outer layers until it reaches its exact focal point within the cornea. In just seconds, with computer precision, the FS 200 delivers over a million pulses as it separates the layers of corneal tissue and creates a customized flap of the desired thickness, size, orientation, and location. After treatment, the flap is folded back into its original position where it bonds without the need for stitches.

After making the corneal flap with the FS200 excimer laser, we reshape the cornea with the ALLEGRETTO WAVE™, one of the fastest excimer laser systems in the world, with an average patient treatment time of fewer than 30 seconds.

If you’re interested in LASIK, the first step is to find out if your eyes are suitable to see again without glasses. That’s why we offer a free first appointment. Give us a call or use our easy online calendar to book a free appointment.

After a thorough eye exam at our center in Harrisburg, your eye doctor will determine if LASIK is an option for you. If you are an ideal candidate, we will give you additional information about the procedure that will allow you to make an informed decision about whether to proceed. Be sure you have all your questions answered to your satisfaction.

Are you suitable for LASIK?

LASIK is suitable for people in Harrisburg who:

  • Want to reduce or eliminate their dependence on glasses or contacts
  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have had a stable eye prescription for at least one year
  • Have no health issues affecting their eyes
  • Have no signs of glaucoma or cataracts

Take our quick lifestyle suitability quiz to see if LASIK laser eye surgery could enhance every day of the rest of your life.

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The first step to free yourself from the hassle of glasses and contact lenses is to book a free suitability appointment. Book below to discover your options and get an answer about whether LASIK is right for you.

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What patients say about us

I was well taken care of. They took good care of my things. Dr. Erik Chotiner did an excellent job. I am so happy to see quite clearly with my eye that has macular degeneration.
Very happy with all the staff, from check in, check out and nursing in pre op. Amazing. Very clean facility. Dr. Chotiner is so efficient and fast. Would recommend him to everyone.
Vey Love
Excellent care and personal attention are provided at Memorial Eye. Hats off to Dr. E. Chotiner, nurses and staff for making my experience there so great!
Q. Bender
I had cataract surgery and correction of an astigmatism. In one word......excellent!
Ray Jaffev
Wonderful practice with kind and supportive employees. The doctors are top notch and excellent!
A. Hendrix
I am a first time patient at your practice. Everyone was so nice and knowledgeable. Overall it was a great experience. I did not realize how bad my vision was. I am amazed! The get well flowers were a nice touch!
Surgery was quick and easy. Staff was very pleasant. Would recommend Dr. Chotiner very highly.
Patricia Scheidler
Service is very complete and professional. Dr. Erik Chotiner was very friendly and able to answer all of my questions. I am very pleased with service and will recommend.
A. Lawrence
I would recommend Memorial Eye Institute and Dr. Erik Chotiner for their expertise. They are all very professional and caring for their patients. It was an excellent experience.
Joyce Keefer

Take this quick quiz to see if you can be free of glasses and contacts

Not everyone is suitable for LASIK. Your options change depending on your eyes, your age and your lifestyle. Find out which type of treatment (if any), is right for you by taking this 2 min quiz now:

Is LASIK in Harrisburg safe?

Laser refractive surgery is a safe, effective and permanent procedure, but like any surgical procedure, it does have some risks. After LASIK, some patients experience some visual side effects, including light sensitivity, glare and halos. These vision problems are usually temporary. Severe complications to LASIK are rare.

Memorial Eye Institute was the first practice in Central PA, and one of the first in the country to offer all-laser LASIK. We use two exciting technological advances, the WaveLight FS200 femtosecond laser and the WaveLight ALLEGRETTO WAVE™ excimer laser, to provide the highest quality vision possible to our patients.

Who offers LASIK in Harrisburg?

Memorial Eye was Pennsylvania’s first fully approved and accredited outpatient ophthalmic surgery center. It was central Pennsylvania’s first Laser Vision Correction center and Pennsylvania’s first all-laser LASIK facility.

The American Board of Ophthalmology certifies all of our surgeons to ensure they have the knowledge, skills and experience to deliver high patient care standards.

What does LASIK in Harrisburg cost?

Cost shouldn’t get in the way of getting the best procedure that’s right for you, that’s why we offer one standard price for all. You can pay in interest-free monthly instalments. The price includes:

  • all preoperative tests,
  • a consultation with the eye surgeon,
  • 12 months of post-operative care
  • and medically-indicated enhancements if necessary.

LASIK laser eye surgery is an eligible expense under both FSA and HSA for the tax year 2021. The IRS has announced new contribution limits for the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and the Health Savings Accounts (HSA). Click here to find out how.

What are LASIK results?

LASIK has the highest patient satisfaction of any elective procedure with the vast majority of patients seeing 20/20 or better.

Laser vision correction effects are permanent. However, your eyes can still change as you age, which may lead to a need for glasses or contacts or additional vision correction procedures in the future.

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Recognized leaders in Harrisburg LASIK eye surgery


Dr. Bennett Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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Dr. Erik A Chotiner
M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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