Meet Our Physician


A Leading Cataract Surgeon

Dr. Sondheimer has corrected the vision of many thousands of patients. His dedication to patient safety and commitment to helping each and every patient with his or her vision correction are not the only reasons that patients trust Dr. Sondheimer with their eyes; others include:

Personalized Patient Care

Prior to surgery, such as LASIK or cataract surgery, Dr. Sondheimer personally meets with and carefully evaluates his patients to answer any questions and offer his expert opinion regarding which procedure is the best for them. This personalized care is continued throughout the procedure and follow-up visits, as Dr. Sondheimer conducts all post-surgical evaluations himself.

State-of-the-Art Technology

Dr. Sondheimer is pleased to provide the most advanced LASIK and cataract surgery in Chicago. He offers the safest LASIK technology of the IntraLase Blade-Free laser and customized Wavefront LASIK, which treats each patient’s unique optical system, resulting in optimal vision correction results. LASIK patients in their 40s and 50s are often treated by Dr. Sondheimer with Monovision LASIK to enjoy excellent distance and reading vision free of glasses. Dr. Sondheimer also performs advanced cataract surgery that treats pre-existing astigmatism and/or presbyopia (difficulty reading without glasses) so that many patients can enjoy their freedom from glasses and contact lenses following cataract surgery.


Education and Training

Dr. Sondheimer’s experience, training and education are three contributors to his skill as a leading ophthalmologist. He has performed many thousands of refractive (LASIK, PRK, etc.) and cataract surgeries since 1981. He has trained with some of the top ophthalmologists in the world and has also helped numerous surgeons-in-training learn the intricacies of refractive and cataract surgery. His formal education consists of a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago, a flexible internship at Northwestern University/Evanston Hospital, an ophthalmology residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and an ophthalmic basic science course at the University of Texas in Houston. Dr. Sondheimer is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has continuously learned, mastered and taught the latest and most advanced techniques in refractive and cataract surgery.

View common LASIK FAQs.

Choosing a LASIK surgeon can be rather confusing. We hope that our website will help you understand the important aspects of selecting a qualified laser eye surgeon. Not only is Dr. Sondheimer an experienced and accomplished surgeon, but he also understands the importance of making LASIK affordable. This is exactly the reason why we offer our laser eye surgery patients various payment plans and LASIK financing with a 0% program.

Read what our patients are saying!

"Dr Sondheimer was so good. He prepared me for the right cataract surgery. I was so nervous, he told me not to worry, everything will be ok. I went to surgery, had no pain, it was done so perfectly. Recovery was great, I can see so good already after couple hours of surgery. I had no pain or aching at all. I am so happy with what Dr Sondheimer did for me. I am looking forward for my left eye to be done in 2 weeks. I am so glad he is my doctor, I totally trust him. Thank you so much for taking care of me."

- Marie Durkin

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