LASIK Laser Vision Correction

@ The Vision Care Center

Laser Vision correction has the highest patient satisfaction rate of any elective surgery:  95.4%, according to a 20-year survey of scientific studies from around the world. Advances, such as The Wavelight Refractive Suite available in the Tri-state exclusively at The Vision Care Center, have made this procedure even safer, faster, more comfortable, and more predictable, so that over 98% of patients treated with this system say they would do it again.


The Vision Care Center’s Wavelight Refractive Suite uses blade free, all laser technology to treat myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. Persons with myopia, or nearsightedness, have more difficulty seeing distant objects as clearly as near objects.  Persons with hyperopia, or farsightedness, have more difficulty seeing near objects as clearly as distant objects.  Astigmatism is a distortion of the image on the retina caused by asymmetric curvature in the cornea or lens of the eye. Combinations of myopia and astigmatism or hyperopia and astigmatism are common, and the combination can be treated with LASIK. In LASIK surgery, the eye is resurfaced, changing the focusing power by precise and controlled removal of corneal tissue by a special laser.

Our LASIK Team

We are the most experienced LASIK team in the Tri-state with nearly 20 years of experience and a track record of excellence, resulting in improved vision for thousands of tri-staters.

Complimentary Consultations

At The Vision Care Center, there are no routine LASIK patients. Every patient is unique with unique vision correction and lifestyle needs, such as hobbies, careers, and family dynamics. We accommodate your vision needs with optional no cost/no obligation consults conducted by our certified refractive coordinator, Amanda Reshetar, available Monday through Friday. Our complimentary consultations provide the opportunity to gain such critical information as corneal thickness, pupil size, glasses prescription, occupational vision needs, and visual desires with activities/ hobbies you enjoy.

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Introducing Topography-Guided All Laser LASIK

Exclusive to The Vision Care Center

The Vision Care Center is the first and only LASIK center in the Tri-state to offer both a bladeless procedure and the latest topography technology to ensure the accuracy of LASIK.

The Most Advanced LASIK Technology

Introduced in the USA in 2016, topography-guided LASIK is the newest technology for measuring each individual’s eyes and customizing each LASIK procedure.

Every patient’s cornea on the eye is as unique as their fingerprint. Topography-guided LASIK recognizes this for each patient and customizes a treatment for the best vision. This resulted in the best outcomes ever produced in an FDA trial for LASIK with many individuals seeing better than 20/20 vision.

The Procedure

Your surgeon will perform a preliminary eye exam and take measurements to create a unique treatment profile for each individual eye.

You will receive anesthetic drops to numb your eyes, making you more comfortable during the procedure.

Light energy is then used to precisely reshape the cornea.

In minutes the procedure is over and healing begins – generally without pain or bandages.

Recovery is short – you can typically return to normal activities the next day.

patient view from under the laser

Here's what we have to say about LASIK procedures in our Wavelight Refractive Suite.

Andrew W. Tharp, MD, FACS

Dr. Jon L. Weyer, M.D.

Amanda Reshetar, BS, COA

Questions & Answers

To help you understand how this life-changing procedure can help improve your vision correction needs, here are some of the most commonly asked questions.

Does It Hurt?

Most do not experience discomfort during the procedure. You will receive several drops of topical anesthesia to numb the eye. In addition to the drops, you will also be given an oral medication to help you relax.

“Quick, painless and now I have the best vision of my life! After years of worrying, I’m so glad I did it! Dr. Tharp and his staff are compassionate, caring and extremely competent. The world is clearer, crisper and more beautiful. I’ll always be grateful to Dr. Tharp and his wonderful staff.”
~ Amy Mangold, Former WFIE morning news anchor

“I put it off for fear and now I wish I had done it sooner. It was an easy, wonderful experience!”
~ Newburgh, IN,  LASIK Surgery Patient

How Long Does It Take?

You will begin receiving eye drop medication just prior to the procedure. The procedure itself takes approximately 15 minutes per eye, with the actual laser treatment time lasting usually under 30 seconds.

“LASIK has truly been a life changing experience.  The entire staff at Vision Care Center made my experience amazing.”
~ Laura Nowinski, Dr Jon LASIK patient – 3 month post-op

“Threw the glasses, away, and haven’t looked back since.  So glad I didn’t wait any longer.”
~ Ashley Senning, LASIK 3 month post-op

What if I Move My Head or Eye During Surgery?

Our ultra-modern LASIK excimer laser has built-in tracking devices able to respond in under 2 milliseconds if your eye makes an involuntary movement. If your eye were to move too far out of range, the laser simply stops until it can get back on target. The LASIK surgery can then continue, usually with the same excellent results afterwards.

“My only regret is waiting so long to have the procedure.  What a feeling- when I’m driving and realize my eyes are unburdened from my lenses for the first time.”
~ T. Delano, Jan 2014 – One Week Post-Op

“Dr. Tharp has been instrumental in helping me achieve my lifelong goal of flying for the military. Without the LASIK procedure I would have been disqualified for vision requirements”
~ Jonathan D. Welter, SFC, HHC 1140TH EN BN

Can Both Eyes be Corrected at the Same Time?

Yes. Most surgeons operate on both eyes at the same sitting. The results are so predictable and the procedure so safe that most people undergoing LASIK surgery prefer to have both eyes corrected on the same day.

“I went from not being able to see the clock beside my bed to being able to see everything all the way out to the horizon when driving.”
~ J. West, LASIK 3 month post-op

The best money I’ve spent!”
~ Newburgh, IN, LASIK Surgery Patient

Will it Wear Off?

The surgical correction is permanent. It does not wear off, but it is important to realize that a person’s eye can still change, such as with aging. We can discuss this with you and advise whether Laser Vision Correction is suitable for your needs.

“Vision was worse than 20/400 for 40 years — now 20/20!”
~ Evansville, IN, LASIK Surgery Patient

“I’m so glad I had LASIK.  It was one of the best decisions I have made.”
~ Autumn Bolte, LASIK Surgery March 2014

When Can I Resume My Normal Activities?

With LASIK, most patients can return to work the next day. You may shower the next day, carefully apply eye make-up within a week, but avoid swimming for one week, and avoid rubbing eyes for 3 months.

“I had thought about LASIK for a long time, so glad I did it.  It’s nice to be able to see without having to use glasses or contacts.”
~ A. Munnier, November 2013 – One week Post-Op

“The improvement in my vision is like magic…didn’t believe it was possible until I saw it myself!”
~ Andrew Brandsasse, LASIK Surgery December 2013

Where Are the Procedures Done?

The WaveLight® Refractive Suite utilized in surgery is located in the Laser Suite at The Vision Care Center at 4233 Gateway Blvd, Newburgh, IN.

“I would highly recommend LASIK to anyone. Dr. Tharp is wonderful — I have 20/20 vision again!”
~ Evansville, IN, LASIK Surgery Patient

“Dr. Tharp and all his staff are wonderful!  Best procedure I’ve ever done!  Feels amazing to be able to see without the hassle and worry of contacts or glasses.”
~ Dana Royster, LASIK 3 month post-op

Who Is A Good Candidate?

  • Generally speaking, to be a good candidate for LASIK you should:
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • Have a stable prescription for at least one year prior to your procedure.
  • Free from chronic eye disease (diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration).
  • Be in good health. Cannot be pregnant or nursing.
  • Have reasonable and realistic expectations.

In addition, the most ideal candidates for LASIK are well-educated about the facts. Our staff and surgeons are dedicated to providing accurate and honest answers in our effort to spread LASIK education. In fact, we offer free monthly seminars hosted by our LASIK surgeons.

”I feel safer taking my kids to the beach!”
~ J. Duce, TVCC LASIK patient – 3 month post-op

“The improvement in my vision is like magic…didn’t believe it was possible until I saw it myself!”
~ Andrew Brandsasse, LASIK Surgery December 2013

What About Cost?

Complimentary consultations with our LASIK coordinator are available. The cost is the same for all treatment sizes. The fee includes post-op care for up to one year and enhancements for up to 5 years.

The cost of your initial exam fee with your LASIK surgeon is credited toward your refractive surgery. We offer 6-24 month deferred interest financing and accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

“LASIK has been the best money I have ever spent. Not having the hassle of glasses and contacts has been wonderful!”
~ Evansville, IN 3LASIK Surgery Patient

“LASIK was a great investment – No more contacts!”
~ K. Gottman LASIK Proceedure April 2013

Questions To Ask Your LASIK Surgeon

Always take the time to sit down with your doctor and discuss your surgery. Below is a list of questions you may want to ask your eye surgeon in order to help you make the right decision.

  1. Has my eye surgeon had LASIK?
  2. Is my eye surgeon available well in advance for a personalized review of my case?
  3. Does my eye surgeon charge one fee including enhancements covering all treatment sizes and post op care for up to a year?
  4. Are the laser and my eye surgeon on-site daily and easily accessible after hours if needed?
  5. Does my eye surgeon do his/her own pre and post operative care?
  6. Does my eye surgeon use one of the newest generation of wavefront-optimized and topography-guided lasers, such as the WaveLight® Refractive Suite?
  7. Does my eye surgeon use the Orbscan Corneal Mapping System to evaluate my safety as a LASIK candidate?
  8. Will my surgeon use a blade or laser to create my flap in LASIK?

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Patient Testimonials

“Waking up the morning after LASIK and being able to see made me cry tears of joy. LASIK has truly changed my life.”

Ashlie B.TVCC LASIK patient - 3 months post op

“LASIK has been the best money I have ever spent. Not having the hassle of glasses and contacts has been wonderful!”

Evansville, IN 3LASIK Surgery Patient

“I love that I can wake up and see what is around me.”

A Welden1 week post op - TVCC LASIK Patient

“Vision was worse than 20/400 for 40 years — now 20/20!”

Evansville, IN 6LASIK Surgery Patient

“My eyes are not longer bloodshot and dry from contact lenses!”

Charles A.1 week post op - TVCC LASIK Patient

“Having LASIK was the best decision I ever made!”

A. SavoieTVCC LASIK patient - 3 months post op

“It feels great to be free of glasses and to see everything! “

Nick C.1 week post op - TVCC LASIK Patient

“I would highly recommend LASIK to anyone. Dr. Tharp is wonderful — I have 20/20 vision again!”

Evansville, IN 4LASIK Surgery Patient
February 20, 2019

FREE EVENING LASIK Seminar – Tuesday March 19 @ 6pm

FREE Lasik Seminar

Seminars Take Place @ The Vision Care Center’s Gateway Health Center Building location in Newburgh.


Refreshments served plus one lucky attendee will win a free LASIK procedure* Ask About Our Special Financing Available**

*Free LASIK procedure offered includes doctor’s fee and facility fee for one eye free when the first eye is paid at full fee. ** Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. See CareCredit provider for details.

Call Amanda at 490-EYES (3937) to reserve your seat today.


CareCredit for Better Vision

When to have your vision procedure should be the question, not how to pay for it. We’d like to make that decision even easier for our patients. That’s why we’re pleased to offer the CareCredit card, North America’s leading patient payment program. CareCredit lets you begin your procedure immediately — then pay for it over time with monthly payments that fit easily into your monthly budget. Now you don’t have to save up for years to finally get the vision you’ve always wanted. We’ll help you see clearer, sooner.

Your Healthcare Credit Card

CareCredit is the credit card exclusively for healthcare services. CareCredit offers monthly payment plans for healthcare procedures not commonly covered by insurance, including LASIK. Don’t put off improving your vision. Get your procedure now.

For Vision Procedures CareCredit offers:

• Enjoy minimum monthly payments
• Pay no up-front costs or pre-payment penalties

Learn more by visiting or contacting our office.

Ready to apply? Apply online for your CareCredit card today. You’ll be seeing clearer in no time.

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