LASIK – Laser Vision Correction
What is Lasik eye surgery?
LASIK, which stands for laser assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a refractive procedure that helps correct refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Using a targeted laser, the LASIK procedure helps to reshape the cornea so that light rays can become more precisely focused on the retina. As a result, patients can experience clearer and sharper vision.
Our practice is one of the most experienced LASIK practice in the Chicago area. Dr. Sondheimer has helped countless patients reduce their dependence on, or completely eliminate, glasses and/or contact lenses. Whatever the reason, thousands upon thousands of people choose to experience life without glasses or contact lenses.
Am I a candidate for Laser Eye Surgery?
Dr. Sondheimer can determine, during an initial cost-free evaluation, if you are a candidate for laser eye surgery. Patients are not candidates if they have degenerative or autoimmune diseases, are pregnant or nursing, or have a condition that deters or slows healing. However, to be considered, patients are required to meet the following criteria. Patients must:
- Have healthy eyes
- Be at least 18 years old to undergo for nearsightedness and/or astigmatism correction
- Be at least 21 years old for farsightedness correction
- Have stable vision for at least one year before the laser procedure
Benefits of LASIK
One benefit of LASIK is that patients can experience immediate vision improvement. In addition, many patients can now accomplish most, if not all, of their daily activities without eyeglasses or contact lenses. Of all patients that undergo LASIK, about 90 percent achieve 20/20 to 20/40 vision after surgery. LASIK is a short procedure so patients can achieve clear vision while also experiencing minimal post-operative discomfort and downtime.
What Can I expect before lasik treatment?
After your initial evaluation, we will schedule an appointment to conduct a thorough examination of your eyes. Then the corneas will be photographed and a computerized map (corneal topography) will be created. This “map” will assess the shape of your cornea and is one of the many diagnostic tests we use to help achieve the best surgical outcome.
Is laser vision correction safe?
The FDA has approved the excimer laser for the treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Millions of patients worldwide have undergone successful laser vision correction procedures, and well over one million excimer laser procedures have been performed in the U.S. since the FDA approval in 1996. Virtually all people treated experience an improvement in vision that would allow them to pass a drivers’ license exam without the aid of glasses or contacts.
Types of Lasik surgery
At our practice we offer two types of lasers for LASIK eye surgery:
How can I prepare for laser eye surgery?
Before surgery, patients should remove soft contacts from their eyes for at least two weeks prior to your appointment. Additionally, patients should remove gas permeable or hard lenses for a minimum of three weeks. By removing the contact lenses, patients allow their corneas to return to their natural shape before surgery.
“Dr. Sondheimer is a truly gifted eye surgeon. I am thankful that he took the time to check out my eyes and write me the best eye prescription I ever had. I was able to really understand the pros and cons of eye surgery and I am better for it. Dr. Sondheimer is knowledgeable, polite, and highly, highly skilled. He is a masterful surgeon and his skills are a blessing to those in need of corrective eye surgery.” – Steve C.
THE LASIK eye surgery Procedure
To start, Dr. Sondheimer will place numbing drops in the eye so the patient can be quite comfortable during the procedure. Then, Dr. Sondheimer will gently glide an automated microkeratome across the cornea to create a “flap” that is left attached on one side and folded back. Next, he uses the “cool” beam of the excimer laser to remove a predetermined microscopic amount of tissue from the central portion of the cornea.
Once Dr. Sondheimer completes the reshaping, he carefully folds the “flap” back into place to heal naturally, without the need of sutures. Most patients choose to have both eyes done at the same time. The procedure itself takes only a matter of minutes and most patients spend 15-20 minutes in the surgical suite. For planning purposes, you should plan to be with us for about 2 hours on the day of your surgery.
How does Lasik improve nearsightedness?
Nearsightedness occurs because the clear front portion of the eye, the cornea, is too steep for the length of the eye. Therefore, the light rays entering the eye converge in front of the retina, the back of the eye, instead of on the retina. A special laser with a cool beam of light is used to gently reshape the surface of the cornea, making it flatter, more like a normal eye. Light rays can then converge properly on the retina, thus providing improved vision with clearer, sharper images.
Will I experience pain after laser eye surgery?
Some patients have described having a slightly “sandy” or “gritty” feeling in their eyes immediately after the procedure. However, this feeling will go away as soon as you administer the eye drops we prescribe. Over-the-counter pain medications should adequately control any discomfort.
recovery from Lasik
The day after surgery, most patients see very well. Dr. Sondheimer recommends that patients use eye drops for 2 weeks after surgery. Additionally, we will schedule follow up appointments to examine your eyes. These appointments will take place one day, one week, one month, and three months after surgery.
Can LASIK Surgery Correct my Presbyopia?
Below, Dr. Sondheimer explains surgical options for patients with presbyopia.
Schedule a consultation
Dr. Sondheimer is an experienced LASIK surgeon who has years of experience providing vision care to the area’s patients. In addition to this refractive surgery, Dr. Sondheimer treats glaucoma, PRK, and cataract patients. If you would like more information on LASIK eye surgery, contact one of our North Suburban Chicago offices or call 847-677-2794to schedule a consultation today!