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LASIK Portland

If you are looking to get LASIK in Portland, we can help you enjoy clear, carefree vision for all of life’s adventures.

A lot of people get excited by the idea of LASIK and correcting their vision, but the options and technical terms can be confusing and downright intimidating.

It’s natural to feel hesitant about trusting your vision to just anyone.

Tersigni Vision provides the widest range of LASIK and LASIK alternative vision correction procedures in Portland. We take extra time to explain all of your options and answer your every question.

Imagine no more blurry vision when you get up with your newborn, seeing clearly on the drive home after your high schooler’s late-night game, or going out with friends and feeling fantastic with the confidence of seeing the world without glasses and contacts.

We want you to feel confident in your decision and cared for as an individual.

Get more vision correction choices and customized care.


  • Doing your favorite activities untethered from glasses or contacts

  • Opening up your eyes in the morning with crystal-clear vision

  • Simplifying your routine every morning, night and each workout

  • Avoiding the hassles and cost of getting new glasses and contacts every six months to a year

  • Never losing another pair or readers

  • No more foggy glasses, scratched lenses, or itchy eyes

  • Enjoying carefree vision

Why Us?

  • Custom treatment options: Not just LASIK, but the full portfolio of modern vision correction options.

  • Our breadth of procedures means the best match for your specific needs

  • A patient education approach instead of high-pressure sales

  • Concierge service and treatment every step of the way

  • Minimized downtime after surgery

  • A renowned surgeon with advanced training and specialization in LASIK and vision correction

  • Dr. Tersigni calls Portland home

Don’t settle for a one size fits all vision correction solution. Whether you have been tethered to glasses since second grade, just started wearing bifocals, or even if you have been told you are not a candidate for LASIK, come visit with us and see what you’re missing at Tersigni Vision.

What Our Uniqueness Means for You

Custom treatment options and breadth of refractive procedures means…

We have more options to meet your exact vision correction needs. Maybe LASIK is the best option for you or it may be that one of our other modern LASIK alternatives will better fit your needs. We won’t squeeze you into LASIK if it’s not the best corrective procedure for you.

Also, if you have been told you are not a LASIK candidate elsewhere, there could be a vision correction procedure at Tersigni Vision that will work for you.

Individualized, patient education approach instead of high-pressure sales means…

You feel more confident about your vision correction procedure and we understand your concerns. These are your eyes, the only pair you have, not a used car you are purchasing. We take the time to answer all of your questions, no matter how long it takes. 

A renowned surgeon with advanced training in LASIK and vision correction means…

You benefit from his experience of being at the forefront of LASIK and refractive surgery. Dr. Tersigni is an ophthalmologist trained by world-renowned refractive surgeons and, before returning home to Oregon, he worked at some of the most prestigious LASIK and vision correction centers in the country. In addition to being involved in numerous FDA trials for new vision correction devices and treatments, Dr. Tersigni was also one of the first surgeons in the U.S. trusted to perform the LAL procedure.

Concierge service and treatment every step of the way means…

You’ll know you are being taken care of in the best manner possible. Our listen-first approach ensures you feel comfortable with your decision. Our team ensures you are comfortable from the time you schedule your consultation to the end of your final follow-up. We get rave reviews from our patients on their experience.

Minimized downtime after surgery means…

You can get back to life as quickly as possible. We understand that you have important things to do. Depending on the procedure, some patients feel comfortable going back to work the next day.

+ Your LASIK Questions Answered

What is LASIK?

LASIK stands for “Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis” and is one of the most successful surgical procedures in the world today. The more modern version of this laser vision correction procedure, Sub-Bowman keratomileusis (SBK), is just as successful and can be used to treat farsightedness (hyperopia), nearsightedness(myopia), presbyopia, and astigmatism. Doctor Tersigni and Tersigni Vision use information gained from your Tersigni Vision Advanced Ocular Analysis, performed early in the process, to fully map the eye’s interior and surface to ensure complete precision during the LASIK procedure.

And, as technology has advanced, there are now many patients who have previously been told they are not a candidate because they were too old, too young, or have astigmatism, who can now have LASIK eye surgery or one of the modern LASIK alternatives offered at Tersigni Vision.

What is SBK?

Initially, and up until only a few years ago, LASIK was performed by using a microkeratome, or mechanically controlled blade. It was a good procedure; it was safe, and it helped a lot of people, but it was not quite as precise as many surgeons would have liked.

From this desire for better precision came the femtosecond laser used in SBK. This laser is more accurate, comfortable, precise and predictable. This has allowed many patients who were previously excluded from LASIK to be able to enjoy the freedom and confidence that SBK LASIK provides.

What is Wavefront?

The latest technology in LASIK includes wavefront-optimized, wavefront-guided, and topography-guided LASIK procedures. All together, these are often referred to as “custom” treatments. With these technologies, Dr. Tersigni uses detailed maps of the cornea to provide an enhanced view of the smallest complexities of the eye. This allows for a truly customized treatment and can sometimes help you have better vision than you can get in glasses or contacts.

How Can I Pay for LASIK?

Even though the cost of a vision correction procedure comes with an up-front investment, for most patients, it ends up being much less than the lifetime cost of glasses and contacts.

Tersigni Vision will take all standard forms of payment such as cash, credit card, checks, etc. While LASIK and other laser vision correction surgeries are usually not covered by insurance, we can also work with Medical Savings Accounts  (MSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). A LASIK procedure in Portland is also tax-deductible, and we have financing options to best fit your budget.

See our Affordable Financing Options

The Day of Your LASIK Procedure

Despite the procedure only taking about 15 minutes, on the day of your LASIK eye surgery, you should expect to be at Tersigni Vision in Portland for approximately two hours. You will also require someone to drive you home.

You will not need to wear any special clothing for the procedure. Sometimes, we may repeat some of the tests conducted during your Tersigni Vision Advanced Ocular Analysis to double-check that everything is accounted for.

When it’s time for the actual procedure, you will be given eye-numbing drops, and a gentle eyelid holder will be put in place so there will be no need to worry about blinking. Finally, the laser eye correction will begin, with the excimer laser treatment only lasting approximately 20 seconds per eye.


After your LASIK procedure, your surgical technicians will give you post-operative instructions, as well as protective eye shields to use during sleep the first two nights.

Most LASIK eye surgery patients experience little, if any, discomfort during or after the procedure, though it’s not uncommon for your vision to be blurry for the first two to three hours. However, soon enough, you will be able to see clear, distinct details without wearing glasses or contact lenses.

Most patients can return to work and daily routine the day following their surgery. Your surgeon will schedule a follow-up appointment for the day after your surgery to ensure that everything is healing correctly. You will receive your official okay to return to regular activities at this appointment.

How long does LASIK last?

The changes made to the eye’s cornea during laser eye surgery are permanent and should last the rest of your life. However, the eye will continue to age and change along with the rest of your body and those aging changes (most commonly presbyopia and cataracts) can affect your vision. Rarely, there are occasions where a LASIK enhancement is needed if the original surgery doesn’t achieve the desired results or your eye changes significantly for some other medical reason.

How long does LASIK surgery take?

Dr. Tersigni, who performs LASIK in Portland, Oregon, has his patients expect to spend about  2-3 hours at our vision correction center on the day of their procedure. This allows them plenty of time to fill out any necessary paperwork, perform any necessary testing, complete the LASIK eye surgery (which only takes around 15 minutes), then take time to recover before leaving with someone to drive them home.

Can LASIK make you go blind?

There have been no reported cases of blindness resulting directly from LASIK. LASIK surgery has been noted as the safest elective procedure in the world. In fact, there is a much higher risk of eye injury and loss of vision from wearing contact lenses than from laser eye surgery, though, as with any medical procedure, there is still some risk. Tersigni Vision will only perform LASIK on qualified candidates with healthy eyes in order to reduce any potential risks. We will take as much time as you need to ensure that you understand the benefits and risks, so you can decide if LASIK is right for you.

Who is a candidate for LASIK surgery?

There are several factors to consider in establishing the best candidates for this particular laser vision correction surgery. LASIK may be able to help overcome refractive error and achieve clear vision if you:

  • have farsightedness, nearsightedness, presbyopia, or astigmatism
  • have had stable eyeglasses or contact prescription for a year
  • are at least 18 years old
  • are in good health

Even if you are not a candidate for LASIK, you may be a candidate for one of the many modern LASIK alternatives that we provide at Tersigni Vision.

See the first article in our LASIK FAQ series: How Long Do The Results of LASIK Last?

Dr. Tersigni calls Portland home

You won’t get LASIK from a surgeon flown in from another part of the country like at some of the big-box, discount LASIK providers. Dr. Tersigni lives here with his family. When it’s time for a follow-up, he is available. We see our practice as a long-term investment into the Portland, Oregon community.