What is LASIK?
While glasses and contact lenses provide clear vision for patients with refractive errors like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, they can limit a wide range of activities. LASIK (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) can save you from expensive designer frames and contacts so you can enjoy more freedom. Dr. Daniel Tepper and the staff at Wickerpark Eye Center can provide cutting-edge LASIK surgery to give you clear and dependable vision. Call us to schedule your LASIK consultation and see how we can change your life!
Who is a candidate for LASIK?
Many people who suffer from poor vision find that glasses and contacts are a nuisance. It can be challenging to keep them clean and comfortable. Corrective surgery like LASIK can provide an immediate improvement in your vision. However, there are some concerns that can impact your candidacy for LASIK, including:
- An unstable prescription: your prescription must be stable for at least a year before undergoing LASIK.
- Thin corneas: since LASIK involves creating a flap in the cornea, thin corneas can make this treatment unsafe. We can recommend an alternative procedure, such as PRK or IOL refractive surgery.
- Systemic or ocular diseases: uncontrolled diabetes, cataracts, and keratoconus can increase your risk of LASIK complications. Dry eyes also affect eligibility. We can perform tests to assess your tears and find a solution in order to improve your candidacy.
- Severe refractive errors: LASIK may not provide the desired results for severe refractive errors. We may recommend an alternative, such as intraocular lenses.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: hormonal changes can cause vision changes. Women who want to undergo LASIK should undergo the procedure before becoming pregnant or 2 – 6 months after stopping breastfeeding.
The best way to find out if you are a LASIK candidate is to schedule an appointment at our Chicago office.
"Wicker Park Eye Center helped me immensely during my short stay in Chicago! I lost my contacts and didn't have glasses, and needed to drive 100 miles back home, and Tania from Wicker Park Eye Center was so kind and patient. Thank you again for all the help!"- J.M. / Google / Jun 19, 2021
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"It was a pleasant experience. Front desk was very welcoming and helpful. Cyanna and Gigi were very helpful and work with me on all my questions and picking out my glasses."- L.G. / Google / May 10, 2021
What to expect during LASIK
Wickerpark Eye Center is proud to have a close partnership with LasikPlus®, which means our patients are matched with highly skilled and experienced LASIK surgeons. Our doctors can handle all aspects of your pre-and post-operative care to ensure successful recovery and results. In addition, we offer a $500 discount to our patients who undergo LASIK with our partner organization.
Here's what to expect during LASIK:
- Your surgeon will use anesthetic eye drops to numb your eye. We can also provide a mild sedative to help you relax.
- A device called a lid speculum will be placed to stop you from blinking during treatment. We provide a special vacuum ring that will prevent eye movement as the laser makes the necessary refinements.
- Your surgeon will create a thin flap in the cornea to allow the laser to refine the inner layer of the cornea, called the stroma.
- The femtosecond laser will reshape the stroma, then place the flap carefully back into place.
- You will remain in the office for a brief period after surgery before being discharged. Patients often experience a mild burning or itching sensation for a few days.
How long is recovery after LASIK?
After your LASIK procedure, you will return to our office in Chicago — so we can monitor your recovery. Follow-up appointments typically occur at:
- One day
- One week
- One month
- Three months
After three months, we will perform a more extensive examination, including tests to assess the surface of your cornea, the level of pressure in your eye, and any remaining refractive errors. It could take as long as six months for your vision to be considered completely stabilized following surgery. For some vision correction patients, we will schedule additional follow-ups after nine or 12 months to make sure you are completely satisfied.
Schedule Your Lasik Consultation Today
Are you tired of wearing glasses and contacts and want to experience vastly improved vision? Dr. Daniel Tepper and our experienced LASIK team in Chicago can explore your candidacy for vision correction. Before and after LASIK treatment, you can depend on our eye care team to provide the support you need and deserve. To learn how this vision correction procedure can help you start depending on your own eyes to see your world in improved clarity, contact our office.
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