While glasses and contact lenses provide clearer vision, they add a daily hassle to life that can interfere with a range of activities.
LASIK can free you from glasses and contact lenses. Our Chicago, IL team coordinates LASIK surgery to give you clear, dependable vision.
What can LASIK surgery do for me?
See Clearly Without Glasses or Contacts
LASIK surgery can provide an immediate improvement in your vision. Most patients report clearer vision right away, but it is important to understand that it may take three to six months for your vision to be considered stable. We will provide follow-up examinations to determine when it is safe to drive and resume other tasks.
More Freedom and Flexibility
Corrective lenses often get in the way, limiting your enjoyment of certain activities. Getting rid of glasses or contacts allows you to enjoy greater freedom in your life. You can start every day without having to fumble for your glasses, and you can bid farewell to the hassle of placing, removing, and caring for contact lenses.
While LASIK has a greater upfront cost, you may end up saving hundreds of dollars each year by not having to update your eyeglass or contact prescription. LASIK is an elective procedure that is not covered by insurance, but we can help arrange financing to help make the cost of this procedure a comfortable fit for your budget.
"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
"Pleasant visit, short waiting."- D.C. / Google / Jun 10, 2021
"I had eye surgery and all went well. The Staff did a Job."- J.R. / Google / Jun 10, 2021
"Dr Tepper is a great doctor."- J.L. / Facebook / May 17, 2021
"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
We Partner with LasikPlus®
Our team at Wicker Park Eye Center in Chicago, IL has a close partnership with LasikPlus, allowing us to match our patients with highly skilled and experienced LASIK surgeons. Our doctors can handle all aspects of your pre- and post-operative care to ensure better results and a more comfortable vision correction treatment overall. In addition, we offer a $500 discount to our patients who undergo LASIK with our partner organization.
Evaluation Candidacy to Ensure that LASIK is Right for You
LASIK eye surgery (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis) at our Chicago practice can correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. However, there are certain concerns that can impact your candidacy for LASIK, including:
An Unstable Prescription
Before undergoing LASIK, it is important to ensure that your corrective lens prescription has been stable for at least a year.
Since the LASIK procedure 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, if necessary.
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
For severe refractive errors, LASIK may not provide the desired results. We may recommend an alternative, such as intraocular lenses.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause changes in your vision. Women wishing to undergo LASIK should either undergo the procedure before becoming pregnant or two to six months after stopping breastfeeding.
The best way to find out if this type of refractive eye surgery is right for you is to schedule an appointment at our Chicago office.
Schedule Your Lasik Consultation Today
If you are tired of wearing glasses and contact lenses and wish to experience vastly improved vision, our doctors can explore your candidacy for vision correction through LASIK surgery (laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis). Dr. Daniel J. Tepper is a board-certified ophthalmologist with over 20 years of experience who can ensure that your treatment is successful and safe. Before and after your LASIK treatment, you can depend on our eye care team to provide the support you need and deserve.
To learn more about how this vision correction procedure can help you to start depending on your own eyes to see your world in improved clarity, contact our office today.
We Coordinate All Aspects of the Vision Correction Procedure
Before recommending LASIK surgery, our team can perform a comprehensive pre-operative evaluation to assess the thickness of your cornea, your pupil diameter, your level of tear production and any indications of dry eye syndrome, your degree of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, and a range of other factors.
If we determine you are a good candidate for LASIK, we can coordinate your procedure with our partner LASIK surgeons at LasikPlus.
What to Expect During LASIK Surgery:
- Anesthesia: Your surgeon will use anesthetic eye drops to numb your eye. We can also provide a mild sedative to help relax you.
- Preparation: A device called a lid speculum will be placed to stop you from blinking during treatment. In addition, a special vacuum ring will prevent eye movement as the laser makes the necessary refinements.
- Creating the Flap: 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.
- Altering the Stroma: The femtosecond laser will reshape the stroma. Next, your surgeon will put the flap of corneal tissue back into place.
- Finishing the Procedure: 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.
We Monitor Your Recovery Every Step of the Way
After your LASIK procedure, you will return to our office so we can monitor your recovery. Follow-up appointments typically occur at:
- One day
- One week
- One month
- Three months
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. During each appointment, we will review your patient history and your uncorrected prescription.
After three months, we will perform a more extensive examination at our Chicago office, including tests to assess the surface of your cornea, the level of pressure in your eye, any remaining nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, and other aspects of your ocular health.
Does LASIK really work? Better vision, better quality of life.
90% of patients have 20/20 or better vision
95% patient satisfaction following surgery
99% of patients have 20/40 or better vision
*according to the American Refractive Surgery Council
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