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LASIK can dramatically improve your quality of life by reviving and restoring your eyesight. Rid yourself of the hassle of glasses and contact lenses. Find out if you’re a candidate for LASIK and get the best lasik eye surgery in Chicago today.

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LASIK, or laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a surgical procedure to correct vision problems by reshaping the cornea. LASIK has advanced dramatically in recent years, making the procedure quicker, less painful, and safer. The surgery can take minutes, and you can return to your regular routine the following day with remarkably improved vision.

LASIK can correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism—conditions traditionally managed with contact lenses or eyeglasses. During LASIK, a qualified surgeon creates a small flap in the cornea’s surface, folding it back to expose the deeper corneal layer. Then, a laser is used to reshape the cornea. When the flap is folded back into its place, it bonds back together in minutes. After LASIK, about 90% of patients saw their vision restored to 20/40 or 20/20.

For those curious about the technological advancements and the procedure’s specifics, the Mayo Clinic offers a detailed overview.

At Chicago Eye Surgeons, we understand that technology is critical to the effectiveness and recovery of treatment. We invest in state-of-the-art equipment because we are invested in you. That’s why we offer the best Lasik Eye Surgery in Chicago.

Are You a Candidate for LASIK?

Your eyes are as unique as your fingerprints, so each LASIK treatment is fully customized using the most precise technology. Determining if you are a candidate for LASIK involves a multi-step examination process and detailed discussions with your eye care specialist. Chicago Eye Surgeons are specialists in many fields, so we will never recommend a procedure that is not a perfect fit for you.

Certain conditions, your general medical history, and the thickness of your cornea all contribute to whether or not LASIK is right for you. Suitable LASIK candidates are generally over 18 years old, in good health, and have stable glasses prescriptions for at least a year.

Can Both Eyes Be Done with LASIK At Once?

Yes, having LASIK on both eyes simultaneously is common and recommended. The healing process is generally rapid, and it helps avoid visual imbalances.

Who Should Consider LASIK?

Suppose you have vision issues you have managed with contact lenses or eyeglasses and are looking to restore your vision permanently. LASIK might be right for you. Thanks to rapidly developing LASIK technology, there is a high success rate of restoring patients’ eyesight to perfect vision. Some patients have even been able to enter or re-enter previously closed fields due to eyesight requirements.

What Are the Risks?

Risks include dry eyes, visual disturbances, under-correction, visual distortion, LASIK flap complications, and, rarely, permanent vision loss. Your surgeon will explain all potential risks. Ask your surgeon questions and share any concerns you might have. If you are not 100% secure about undergoing LASIK, then it is not for you.

What Can LASIK NOT Do?

LASIK is the most common form of laser eye surgery, but it is not for everyone. LASIK cannot treat cataracts, glaucoma, keratoconus, vision loss due to eye disease or injury, or loss of reading vision due to presbyopia.

LASIK After 40

Sometime after we turn 40, we lose some ability to focus on nearby objects, a condition known as presbyopia, or age-related loss of close-up vision, which sometimes requires reading glasses. LASIK cannot treat presbyopia, and other age and health-related changes in vision after 40 must be considered before LASIK. Your eye care specialist will work with you to find the best plan for your concerns at any age.

LASIK Recovery

LASIK delivers rapid results within 1 or 2 days. Immediately following your procedure, your technician will show you to a recovery room, where you will rest your eyes for an hour or two. You may return to your regular routine the following day. Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes, which can irritate the healing process. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

You may experience some side effects immediately following surgery and in the months following, which are typical of the healing process. These side effects may include dryness, light sensitivity, or seeing a glare or halo around lights at night. These side effects commonly fade as the corneal tissue heals over time. If they persist, contact your surgeon for a follow-up. Some conditions, such as autoimmune disorders or certain eye diseases, can increase your risk of permanent side effects.

PRK—An Alternative to LASIK

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK), like LASIK, is a refractive surgery that aims to correct vision problems by reshaping the cornea. Unlike LASIK, PRK involves the removal of the epithelium, the cornea’s outermost layer, to expose the underlying corneal tissue.

After gently removing the epithelium, your doctor uses precision laser technology to reshape the cornea, adjusting the curvature to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), and astigmatism. PRK is as effective as LASIK in permanently correcting your vision, in most cases reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contact lenses. Because PRK involves the removal of the epithelium, the recovery time is longer. It is ideal for patients with thin corneas or those at a higher risk of LASIK flap complications.

PRK Recovery

Patients may experience discomfort, light sensitivity, and blurred vision in the initial days post-surgery. Unlike LASIK, in which your doctor creates a small flap in your cornea, PRK involves the removal of the corneal surface layer (epithelium), which will take a few days to regenerate. During this time, you’ll be asked to wear a contact-like bandage on your eye, rest, and use prescribed eye drops as the epithelium heals, typically for a few days.

While your vision will be noticeably better after surgery, you will notice a more gradual improvement until your eye fully heals. The complete healing process spans about a month, during which your doctor may advise you not to drive until your vision has stabilized. Your team will schedule follow-up appointments throughout the recovery process to ensure a smooth recovery.

If you’re ready to permanently improve your eyesight, schedule a consultation with us or call 773-775-9755. We provide the best Lasik Eye Surgery in Chicago.