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Is Laser Eye Surgery For You?

LASIK Candidates Chicago

A male and female bicyclist on a mountaintop looking at something together.The long-term benefits of LASIK eye surgery have piqued the interest of millions seeking freedom from glasses and contact lenses. Thanks to incredible technological advancements, the majority of those with myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism are LASIK candidates. Our Chicago practice uses only the safest and most advanced LASIK technology, making this treatment suitable for most patients wishing to view the world around them with their own eyes. To find out if you are a suitable candidate for LASIK, schedule a consultation today.

When is LASIK Appropriate?

If a patient has a history of vision impairment that has been treated with corrective lenses, and they are looking for a more permanent solution, LASIK is likely an appropriate treatment option. LASIK has been traditionally used to treat mild to moderate cases of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The latest LASIK technology now makes it possible to treat high degrees of nearsightedness and farsightedness as well.

LASIK is not effective in treating presbyopia, the loss of ability to focus on close-up tasks such as reading, which occurs as many patients begin to age. LASIK is also not an appropriate treatment for vision loss resulting from eye disease or injury. In these cases, our doctors can assess the situation and recommend alternate treatment.

LASIK Candidates

We always perform an in depth examination to make absolutely certain that LASIK is an appropriate solution. Generally speaking, LASIK candidates should:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have an eye prescription that has remained stable for at least two years
  • Be free of any diseases that may increase the risks of LASIK or impede the healing process
  • Be aware of the potential risks and benefits of LASIK

In the past, patients with thin corneas were not considered good candidates for LASIK surgery. However, these patients can now likely undergo LASIK surgery using the blade free intralase method, also known as iLASIK. The surest way to determine if LASIK is right for you is to schedule a consultation at Chicago Cornea Consultants in Chicago, Highland Park & Hoffman Estates.

Risks

LASIK surgery is a safe procedure that rarely results in surgical complications. However, there are factors that may increase the risks of an unsuccessful LASIK surgery. Patients who may have an increased risk of complication include those with an autoimmune disease or deficiency, those with oversized pupils, and those who suffer from persistent dry eyes. If any of these conditions are present, our doctors can discuss alternate laser vision correction treatments that may be more appropriate. One of the very best ways to ensure a successful treatment is to choose a qualified, reputable surgeon.

Schedule a Consultation

LASIK surgery is vision correction procedure that has helped many of our patients achieve clearer vision and independence from corrective lenses. If you are interested in learning if LASIK is right for you, contact us at Chicago Cornea Consultants, Ltd. to schedule a consultation. We are passionate about helping patients experience an improved quality of life through enhanced vision, and can determine precisely the treatments you need in order to see clearly.

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