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Is LASIK Right for Me?

LASIK has helped millions of men and women see clearly without the aid of eyeglasses and contact lenses. Indeed, most patients who have undergone LASIK at our Chicago laser eye surgery center, Chicago Cornea Consultants™, Ltd., have been able to achieve 20/20 or better vision and completely eliminate their need for eyeglasses and contact lenses altogether. If you are suffering from the visual errors astigmatism, hyperopia (farsightedness), or myopia (nearsightedness) you may benefit from LASIK. If you are fed up with not being able to see clearly without the aid of eyeglasses or contact lenses, you may be an ideal candidate for LASIK.

Pre-operative LASIK Evaluation

The first step in determining if you are an ideal candidate for LASIK is undergoing a pre-operative evaluation. Your eyesight is incredibly important to you and to us. By performing a pre-operative evaluation, we can determine that you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery, which will help ensure optimal results. During this evaluation we will discuss your family history, your medical history, any medications you are currently taking, any past surgeries you may have had, as well as your goals. We will also perform a comprehensive eye exam. During this exam, we will measure your pupils and determine the strength and thickness of your corneas. These measurements play a vital role in your candidacy for surgery.

LASIK Candidates

What makes a patient a good candidate for LASIK? Ideally, Chicago LASIK candidates are those who:

  • Are in good health
  • Have had a stable eye prescription for at least one year
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have realistic expectations (this is especially important, as not all patients will be able to achieve clear vision all of the time without the assistance of eyeglasses or contact lenses)
  • Are affected by astigmatism, hyperopia, or myopia
  • Have corneas that are not too thin
  • Have corneas that are not too weak
  • Have pupils that are not too large
  • Have eyes that are free from infections or diseases
  • Are not pregnant and will not become pregnant in the near future
  • Are not currently nursing

While many patients will qualify for LASIK surgery, not all will. LASIK may not be a suitable option for patients with one or more of these conditions:

  • Dry eyes: Because the symptoms of dry eye may worsen after undergoing LASIK, patients with this chronic condition are often not ideal candidates for the procedure.
    Abnormal corneal curvature: An abnormal curvature of the cornea may be a sign that the cornea is weaker than it should be. Patients with weakened corneas are not ideal candidates for the LASIK procedure.
  • Thin corneas: Corneas that are thin are at an increased risk for excessive corneal weakening after LASIK surgery. Because of this, patients with thin corneas are often not ideal candidates for LASIK.
  • Large pupils: Patients with large pupils may experience more side effects after undergoing LASIK than patients who do not have large pupils. Because of this, patients with large pupils may not be ideal candidates for LASIK.

Schedule a Pre-operative Evaluation Today

If you are tired of having to rely on eyeglasses or contact lenses to see clearly, you may benefit from LASIK. To find out more about the LASIK procedure, or to schedule a pre-operative evaluation, please contact Chicago Cornea Consultants™, Ltd., today.

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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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