LASIK

LASIK, also known as laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, is a refractive procedure that treats nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK is an excellent procedure for patients who want to be spectacle and contact lens free. Advances in technology makes the LASIK Procedure safe and a great option to obtain clear vision spectacle free.  In fact, most patients can see close to 20/20 the following morning after the procedure.

LASIK surgery is performed at the Hinsdale Surgical Center, located at 10 Salt Creek Ln, Hinsdale, IL 60521 about two minutes from our office. Dr. Smith has performed over 1000 of these procedures.

Testing

The first step to determine if you are a LASIK candidate is to have a comprehensive eye exam.  Medical history, eye dilation, and an accurate prescription are essential to determine if you are eligible for LASIK. Next, you will have pre-operative exam that will include Pachymetry, Topography, and Wave Front technology.

On the day of your procedure you will have testing with a  WaveScan.  Like a fingerprint, each eye has it’s own unique qualities.  The WaveScan will create an individual mapping for each eye. This exceptional treatment plan will be used to personalize and tailor your LASIK procedure just for you.

The Procedure

Before LASIK begins, numbing drops will be placed in your eyes, to ensure minimal discomfort.  A small device is used to help keep your eye open, which lends peace of mind, so you don’t worrying about blinking. Next, Dr. Smith will use a microkeratome to create a very thin flap in the cornea (about 3 microns thick, less than a few strands of hair).

Next, the thin flap will be moved back. Then a cool, ultraviolet beam laser will remove a few thin layers of cornea tissue. Laser time is very quick, approximately 15-50 seconds. Afterwards, the thin cornea flap is smoothed back into place.  No sutures or stitches are required, due to the fast healing time of the cornea.


After the Procedure

After your procedure you will recover for a short period of time. It is not safe for you to drive yourself home after your procedure, please make sure to bring a driver with you on the day of your procedure. Your numbing drops will wear off shortly after your procedure.  Most patients find it beneficial to take a nap after their procedure, or even go to bed early, to avoid the irritation when the numbing drops wear off.

It is extremely important to follow these instructions after surgery:

  • Do NOT rub your eyes for 6 weeks
  • Do not get water directly into your eyes for 2 weeks (swimming)
  • No make-up for 2 weeks- afterwards it is recommended to purchase new eye make-up, as old make-up contains bacteria
  • No strenuous exercise for at least 1 week

You post-operative visits with Dr. Smith will take place: 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 1 year later.

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Considerations

Side effects and complications are not common, especially if you properly take care of your eyes after your procedure.  The most common side effects are dry eye, infections, and night glare or halos. If you are over the age of 40, and experience presbyopia (wear reading glasses for up close tasks), you may still need reading glasses after your LASIK procedure.  Dr. Smith may recommend monovision (one eye is corrected for distance, the other for up close vision) to help reduce the need for reading glasses.

Not all patients achieve “perfect” vision.

In few cases, some patients need “touch-up’s” or “re-treatments” after their LASIK procedure.  Most patients know within a year if they require an additional treatment.  If medically necessary, Dr. Smith will re-treat LASIK patients at no-charge (for up to two years after the procedure). Cost will be discussed during your eye exam.  Our office charges one flat rate (no hidden costs), which includes your pre-operative exam, LASIK, all follow-up visits, and re-treatment if necessary. Unlike LASIK chains, our prices are not based on your prescription. Each patient is treated equally regardless of the amount of treatment necessary.

If you have any questions about LASIK, or would like to see if you are candidate, please contact our office at 630.789.6700