Chicago Cornea Consultants Logo

Can I Have LASIK After Cataract Surgery?

Elderly couple smiling after Cataract Surgery

Did you recently have cataract surgery? Are you thinking about other ways to improve your vision?

If you’re still not happy with your vision after cataract surgery, you may want to consider LASIK. For most people, they don’t mind wearing contacts or glasses.

As people age, they tend to get cataracts and surgery is the only way to treat them. Some people wonder, “Since I’m already having cataract surgery, should I have LASIK too?” Keep reading to learn if you can have LASIK after cataract surgery!

Is it possible to have LASIK after cataract surgery?

While the answer is yes, you might not need to. If you decide to get laser cataract surgery, you can solve both problems.

LASIK eye surgery requires the use of a laser to reshape the eyes to fix any refractive errors. LASIK only involves reshaping the cornea, and cannot correct cataracts.

What is laser cataract surgery?

When you have cataract surgery, a small incision is made to remove the lens with cataracts.

The natural lens is then replaced with an artificial lens or IOL. During laser cataract surgery, the clouded natural lens is removed, but without the use of a blade.

Instead, a laser creates the incision near the cornea. Then, a laser uses energy to soften and break down the lens and remove the pieces through the incisions.

The lens is then replaced with a premium intraocular lens. By getting laser cataract surgery, you can avoid having to get LASIK.

Laser cataract surgery, combined with a premium IOL, can give you the same clear vision! At Chicago Cornea Consultants™, we perform laser cataract surgery using the Alcon LenSx laser platform.

What happens during LASIK?

LASIK is a laser eye surgery that reshapes the cornea. It can fix farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism.

It does not fix presbyopia, which occurs when the lens becomes less flexible with age. It is a quick and simple procedure that can give you more independence.

During LASIK, your surgeon creates a small flap on the cornea. A tiny amount of tissue is then removed from the cornea, reshaping it.

Reshaping the cornea allows refractive errors to be fixed and corrected permanently. After the small amount of tissue has been removed, the flap is then left to heal on its own.

What happens after LASIK?

After LASIK, most patients notice that their vision is radically improved. This only continues to improve in the hours and days after LASIK.

LASIK comes with a short recovery period and allows you to return to your daily activities after a few days. There are minimal side effects and most patients achieve 20/20 vision, if not better!

If you’re not satisfied with your vision after cataract surgery, LASIK could be an option. It’s important to talk to your LASIK surgeon to see what they recommend for your vision.

Wondering what your vision correction options are? Schedule an appointment at Chicago Cornea Consultants™ in Chicago, IL now!

There’s no reason to live with blurry or hazy vision because of cataracts any longer. What are you waiting for?

LASIK eye surgery is a procedure that is designed to reduce your dependency on eyeglasses and contact lenses. Here at Chicago Cornea Consultants™, our LASIK surgeons and eye doctors use the latest in laser vision correction technology to ensure each patient receives optimal results.
Woman going for a run after LASIK
Laser Eye Surgery
As leaders in the field of ophthalmology, we were among the first in the area to offer the advanced Alcon LenSx laser platform for cataract surgery. This exciting new technology allows our skilled ophthalmologists to make incredibly precise modifications, enhancing the patient experience.
Elderly couple relaxing after Cataract Surgery
Advanced Cataract
Traditionally, presbyopia, which happens to all of us as we age, has always meant glasses for clear reading vision. It's a condition not even correctable by laser vision correction. Luckily, there is an option. Refractive lens exchange allows patients a clear alternative to reading glasses and is capable of reducing or eliminating presbyopia by using an advanced multifocal intraocular lens.
Refractive Lens Exchange
refractive lens
exchange/phakic iol's
Keratoconus describes a cornea that weakens as collagen fibers deteriorate, causing the cornea to adapt a cone-like shape. Keratoconus can cause blurred vision, light sensitivity, glares, and decreased night vision. In its early stages, keratoconus may be treated with the use of prescription glasses or contact lenses. Keratoconus is also one of the most common reasons for corneal transplant, and one of the most successful. Call any of our offices and ask to speak to the Vision Correction Surgical Coordinator, or use the contact form below.
Closeup of the Cornea
It's estimated that a million or more Americans have glaucoma and don't even know it. People with glaucoma often do not experience any symptoms until they begin losing their peripheral vision. One of the scariest things about glaucoma is that it usually has no symptoms in the early stages, earning glaucoma the name "silent thief of sight." Anyone can be at risk, so it's important to have your vision regularly examined.
Elderly couple smiling after Glaucoma treatment
At Chicago Cornea Consultants™, our doctors take great care in maintaining ocular health for our patients. However, a number of our patients voice concerns regarding soft lines and wrinkles around the eyes and other regions of the face. We have responded by introducing cosmetic procedures like BOTOX® Cosmetic through our Chicago practice.
Woman posing after BOTOX
Dry eye can result from a lack of sufficient production of your own natural tears, with an inability to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. This can cause mild to severe discomfort including itching, stinging and burning. Dry eyes are a common concern in Chicago, and the experienced team of corneal specialists at Chicago Cornea Consultants™ have the latest advancements in technology to treat dry eye.
older woman smiling
Dry Eye
Contact lenses are medical devices which interact directly with the ocular surface of the eye. At Chicago Cornea Consultants™, we provide exceptional care to ensure that you obtain the best possible vision with contact lenses that fit appropriately and maximize health benefits.
Mature Man Having an Eye Exam
(800) 8-CORNEA
Online Bill Pay Book Now Cataract Self-Test LASIK Self-Test