Local Surgeons;
High Quality

At Campbell Cunningham Laser Center, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality vision correction in the area. Our LASIK surgeons are fellowship-trained in corneal and refractive surgery and utilize the most advanced, blade-free technologies to help our patients achieve their best vision. Our team provides ongoing care throughout your entire vision correction journey because they live and work right here in the Knoxville community.

What is LASIK?

LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is a surgical procedure performed to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. When you have one of these refractive errors, it means that your corneal shape isn’t allowing light entering your eye to land on your retina (the back of your eye). By slightly altering your corneal shape with a laser, our team can help focus that light onto your retina, effectively clearing up your blurry vision. In most cases, we only need to remove an amount of tissue that is thinner than a human hair!

Our LASIK Technologies

Every eye is unique, so we have invested in LASIK technologies that allow us to provide fully custom vision correction. We start by analyzing your eye with CONTOURA® Vision and the WaveLight Topolyzer® VARIO Diagnostic Device to precisely map about 22,000 data points of the unique hills and valleys of your eye. Using this information, we will know exactly where your cornea should be made flatter, steeper or smoother. During the LASIK procedure, we use two different WaveLight® Refractive Suite lasers to access and reshape your corneal tissue:

  • FS200 Femtosecond Laser to create a corneal flap (without using a blade) so we can fold this flap over and access the underlying tissue
  • EX500 WaveLight® Excimer Laser to reshape your cornea

Amazingly, the corneal reshaping process only takes seconds to complete! The corneal flap is returned to its natural position where it begins to heal immediately. Some patients start seeing vision improvement after their procedure, but we still ask that you return home to rest your eyes. Most patients can drive themselves to their follow-up appointment the next day without glasses!

Why Choose Us?

Campbell Cunningham Laser Center was the first LASIK surgery center in Knoxville. Since we launched in 1997, our team has performed over 20,000 procedures. We understand that electing to have surgery on your eyes can be intimidating. The reason why millions of people have had LASIK and other vision correction procedures is because it truly is life-changing. We have local doctors who will fully explain how our LASIK process works, describe what to expect and help you set realistic expectations for your vision outcome. If you’re feeling anxious, we will do everything we can to set your mind at ease and help you feel comfortable with your decision. You’ll receive premium treatment every step of the way. If you’re considering LASIK, we’re simply the best choice in East Tennessee.

Our LASIK Doctors in Knoxville

Our fellowship-trained LASIK doctors in Knoxville are local specialists in their field of expertise. They are fully ingrained in the East Tennessee community and are committed to bringing modern, premium eye care to our area.

Unlike some LASIK centers that fly in doctors from out of state for surgery days, our doctors are truly local. You’ll meet with your doctor multiple times before, during and after your procedure.

  • A. Kirk Haun, M.D., F.A.C.S.
  • Jake McMillin, M.D.
  • Eric Sollenberger, M.D.

Financing

We get it: some patients are worried about paying for a vision correction procedure. That’s why we accept financing through CareCredit®. We can help you apply for financing without affecting your credit score. If you qualify, you could have your procedure with no money down and pay it off over time! Here are some details about this program:

  • 0% interest for 24 months
  • Longer term programs with low interest
  • Low monthly payments
  • No pre-payment penalties

Free Consultations

Unfortunately, LASIK isn’t right for everyone. One of the most important steps of your LASIK
journey will be the free consultation. This appointment gives our team the ability to assess your eye health to determine if LASIK would be a safe and effective option to improve your vision. We check the thickness of your cornea and the size of your pupils, look for signs of eye disease, ask about your overall health and more. All of these details are taken into consideration before we will approve you for LASIK in Knoxville. We might recommend a LASIK alternative (see next section). We don’t take this appointment lightly – it’s how we can have such great LASIK results!

LASIK Alternatives

Even if LASIK isn’t right for your eyes, there are vision correction options that can help you
achieve clear vision. Our expert team may recommend:

PRK

Photorefractive Keratectomy

Like LASIK, PRK incorporates an excimer laser to reshape your corneal tissue. But instead of creating a corneal flap, a thin outer layer of your cornea (epithelium) is removed to allow access to the underlying tissue. This is often recommended for people with thin corneas. After surgery, your eye will need time to regrow the epithelial tissue, so you may need to take a few days off work to fully recover. PRK has been around even longer than LASIK and it’s still a very effective procedure.

ICLs

Implantable Collamer Lenses

Implantable Collamer Lenses, like the EVO ICL™, are becoming increasingly popular. This procedure does not involve the removal of corneal tissue. Instead, a thin lens is implanted into your eye to make your vision sharper and more vivid. ICLs are intended for people with nearsightedness or astigmatism who have thin corneas and/or a history of dry eye. The Collamer lens works in harmony with your eye’s natural chemistry and even provides a layer of UV protection. Vision results are often immediate and no one will be able to see the lens in your eye.

RLE

Refractive Lens Exchange

Refractive Lens Exchange is similar to cataract surgery, but you don’t have to have a cloudy eye lens to have this procedure. It’s a way to prevent cataracts and improve your vision at the same time. During the procedure, your cloudy eye lens is gently removed via a small incision. Then an artificial intraocular lens (IOL) made for your specifications is inserted to provide clear vision. We recommend patients take about a week to recover from RLE. The vision results are worth it – and the lens won’t develop a cataract in the future!

“I had LASIK eye surgery completed two months ago and I cannot say enough about how happy I have been with my results and the care of Dr. McMillin and the staff at this office. Dr. McMillin did an excellent job with my surgery, ensured I was comfortable throughout the process, and answered all questions that I had. Highly recommend!”
– Brittany S.

“Got Lasik with Dr. Sollenberger a few weeks ago and it was the easiest process! I got scheduled for the surgery a week after I called, had my post-op and got cleared, and then was ready to go. The Dr. explained everything step by step so I knew what to expect and even played my favorite music during the procedure. It’s an awkward experience, but it goes so quickly and they talk you through the whole thing. Everything post-op has been seamless as well! Best decision I’ve made!”
Elyse L.