With more than one million Americans each year choosing to improve their vision through LASIK surgery, the popularity of laser vision correction procedures cannot be overstated. To help you achieve clear vision, we proudly offer LASIK and Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK) laser eye surgery procedures at Primary Eye Care Associates in Chicago, IL.
Each person has his or her own personal reasons for deciding to undergo laser vision correction surgery. Some simply decide they no longer want to depend as heavily on glasses or contact lenses. Others may find sports or other hobbies more enjoyable with improved vision. Others seek to correct the visual difficulties associated with astigmatism. While these or other reasons may increase your interest in the possibilities offered by LASIK and other refractive surgeries, only an eye care provider can help you determine whether these procedures are right for you. If you would like to learn more about LASIK surgery, PRK surgery, or other laser vision correction procedures, contact our practice today.
How Laser Vision Correction Works
During each laser vision correction procedure, the cornea is precisely reshaped to better focus light on the retina, the part of the eye that transmits images to the brain. In doing so, laser vision correction surgery can help correct for myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. The decision to undergo laser vision correction should be a fully informed one. Our Southside Chicago-based staff is committed to helping each of our patients explore their treatment options in depth, and we would be happy answer any questions you may have.
LASIK, or laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, is the most frequently performed laser vision correction procedure. LASIK surgery at our Southside Chicago practice serving Bridgeview, Hinsdale, and surrounding communities is performed with a microkeratome. The microkeratome is a precision blade used to create a flap in the outer layer of the cornea, or epithelium. Once this flap is created, the epithelium is peeled back so that LASIK treatment can be performed on the corneal tissue underneath. Each LASIK treatment is designed to improve vision and reduce dependence on glasses and contact lenses.
LASIK surgery with IntraLase® laser technology, sometimes known as IntraLASIK, is an advanced laser vision correction procedure provided at our Southside Chicago practice near Bridgeview and Hinsdale. The difference between traditional LASIK surgery and IntraLASIK lies in the way the corneal flap is created. Both of these procedures involve the creation of a flap in the eye's outer layer of tissue. IntraLASIK uses the IntraLase® laser to create the flap while traditional LASIK surgery uses the microkeratome, a precision bladed device. Dr. Chander at our Southside Chicago practice will discuss your laser vision correction options with you in detail to help you determine which procedure is right for you.
PRK surgery is an excellent option for those who are not candidates for LASIK or other forms of laser vision correction surgery. In some cases, corneal disease or injury will make the creation of a corneal flap for LASIK surgery inappropriate. When that is the case, PRK surgery at our Southside Chicago practice can help our patients achieve the same excellent laser vision correction results. LASIK surgery involves the creation of a flap in the thin outer layer of corneal tissue. PRK surgery involves the removal of this layer of corneal tissue and the provision of protective contact lenses to aid the healing process. While recovery time can be expected to longer for PRK surgery than for LASIK surgery with a microkeratome or IntraLase® laser, it remains a safe and effective option when LASIK is not an option. To learn more about our laser eye surgery treatments, schedule a consultation today.