Imagine seeing it all without glasses or contact lenses. LASIK at The Eye Center of Oak Ridge can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism to save you the hassle and costs associated with glasses and contact lenses.

LASIK is a quick, same day surgery that uses the latest laser technology to change the shape of the surface of the eye, eliminating the need for glasses and contact lenses.

Most patients are able to work the day after surgery.

At The Eye Center of Oak Ridge, Dr. Tommy Dahl uses the latest technology: bladeless, all-laser, custom LASIK for superior outcomes individualized for your eyes.

Call today for a free consultation with Dr. Dahl!

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LASIK Information

LASIK (or Laser In-situ Keratomileusis) is an FDA approved surgical procedure that changes the shape of the cornea (the front, clear part of the eye) to eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. LASIK can treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

After numbing the eye with eye drops, a flap is created in the front part of the cornea. At The Eye Center of Oak Ridge, “all-laser” or “bladeless” LASIK is performed. Instead of using a metal blade, Dr. Tommy Dahl uses a femtosecond laser to create a flap with less pressure and more precision. After lifting the flap out of the way, a second laser is used to precisely shape the cornea to change the way it focuses. The flap is then placed back in its original position and allowed to heal in place.

Would you like to learn more? Visit our Lasik Education page to watch a series of informational videos.

Are you a LASIK Candidate?

Are you a good candidate for LASIK? The following questions will help you know:

  • Are you currently near or farsighted, with or without astigmatism, and require glasses or contact lenses to see better? Do you want to be free from glasses or contact lenses?
  • Are you over the age of 18?
  • Do you have any severe eye disease that could limit your vision? LASIK requires a healthy eye before the procedure for optimal vision results.
  • Are you pregnant or nursing? Hormonal changes during pregnancy can affect the focusing of the eye. Patients should wait approximately 6 months after pregnancy or nursing before considering LASIK.
  • Do you have any inflammatory or autoimmune disease? Any condition that can affect normal healing would prevent you being a LASIK candidate.
  • Are your eyes stable? Your glasses or contact lenses prescription should be relatively stable.

If you are unsure if you are a candidate, talk to Dr. Tommy Dahl! Schedule your free LASIK consult today!

Financing Options

Don’t let the cost of LASIK keep you from ditching your glasses or contact lenses. The cost of prescription glasses, contact lenses, solution, and other supplies adds up. The one-time cost of LASIK saves most patients money over the long term cost associated with glasses and contact lenses.

At The Eye Center of Oak Ridge, we offer many different financing options with payments as low as $192 a month with no interest. Reduced APR financing is offered with payments as low as $115 a month.

Don’t be fooled by low cost LASIK providers offering deals as low as $500. These are typically bait and switch promotions where the actual price of the procedure is much higher. At The Eye Center of Oak Ridge, Dr. Tommy Dahl uses the latest and best technology (bladeless all-laser custom LASIK) as well as offers personalized care with unequaled access to your actual LASIK surgeon before and after your procedure.


Does LASIK hurt?

During your procedure, your eyes will be numbed by anesthetic drops. Some patients experience a pressure sensation during the flap creation, similar to someone pushing firmly on the eyes. Pain is not expected. During the excimer laser reshaping portion of the surgery, no pain is felt. Many patients report not feeling anything throughout the whole procedure. After the procedure, your eyes may burn or feel scratchy for a few hours. It is best to keep your eyes closed and rest when you get home. You will be given eye drops to use to help soothe the eyes.

Is LASIK expensive?

When you consider the long term costs associated with prescription glasses, contact lenses, solution etc., LASIK is usually more economical in the long run. At the Eye Center of Oak Ridge, only the best, most advanced LASIK treatments are performed and are competitively priced.

Am I a candidate for LASIK?

Most patients that need to wear glasses or contact lenses are candidates for refractive laser surgery. It is important to do a thorough exam to ensure the procedure is safe for you. See our LASIK Candidate Section for information or schedule a free LASIK consult with Dr. Tommy Dahl today.

How soon can I return to work after LASIK?

Most patients are able to return to work the day after LASIK. It is important to use the appropriate eye drops, not rub the eyes, avoid dirty or dusty environments and avoid swimming pools/hot tubs for the first week after the procedure.

Dr. Dahl


Ophthalmologist and eye surgeon Thomas L. (Tommy) Dahl joined the staff of The Eye Surgery Center of Oak Ridge in September 2010, coming home to Oak Ridge after seven years of service in the U.S. Air Force.

An Oak Ridge native and 1993 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, he is the son of Tom and Betty Dahl. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Brigham Young University and is a 2003 graduate of James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.

Board-certified in ophthalmology, Dr. Dahl is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

He spent seven years as an active duty U.S. Air Force officer and was the Ophthalmology Element leader at Eglin Air Force Base from 2007-2010. A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dr. Dahl spent six months in 2009 as the only military ophthalmologist in Afghanistan, performing more than 300 trauma surgical procedures. He received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for his service while deployed.

Dr. Dahl completed his internship and residency in ophthalmology at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas, where he served as chief resident and earned the Outstanding Resident award in 2007. He is a member of the staff at Methodist Medical Center.

Dr. Dahl specializes in cataract surgery and specialty intraocular lenses, LASIK and refractive surgery, eyelid surgery, general ophthalmology including diseases and other surgeries of the eye.

Dr. Dahl and his wife, Hannah, are parents to eight children and live in Oak Ridge.