LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery can correct farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism — and it often eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses.
During a LASIK procedure, your physician uses a laser underneath a corneal flap to reshape the inner corneal tissue and correct your vision. Because speed is important for good results, the technology used at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is engineered so the procedure lasts only minutes.
Benefits of LASIK
LASIK offers many patient benefits:
- For most patients, LASIK surgery involves little pain, and recovery is rapid.
- Post-operative care is usually limited to using eye drops for about a month after surgery.
- The eyes stabilize between three and six months after LASIK surgery.
- The procedure does not weaken the eye.
- LASIK typically causes little or no scarring of the cornea.
IntraLase FS Technology
IntraLaseTM is the first blade-free laser technology for performing the first step in the LASIK procedure: creating the corneal flap. Prior to IntraLase, this step was done manually, using a hand-held device with an oscillating metal razor blade.
In the skilled and experienced hands of Illinois Masonic Medical Center ophthalmologists, this technology delivers safe and reliable results in vision correction.
IntraLase offers many benefits for patients, such as:
- Increased safety: The procedure eliminates blade-related complications.
- Improved vision: Patients achieve statistically better vision – including night vision – when IntraLase is used in the LASIK procedure. More patients achieve 20/20 or better vision with IntraLase than with the traditional blade procedure.
- The highest degree of predictability and precision: Micron-level precision creates more predictable and accurate flap dimensions.
- Minimized need for additional surgery: The number of second LASIK procedures is significantly lower for laser-created corneal flaps.
- Reduced dry eye symptoms: In a large clinical study, patient dry eye symptoms were reduced by 72 percent.
- Individual patient needs met: Physicians can individualize all steps in the LASIK procedure, including personalized flap creation and custom laser treatment.
Allegretto Wave Eye-Q
The second step in laser vision correction surgery is reshaping the cornea. Experts at Illinois Masonic Medical Center use Allegretto technology for laser reshaping. This advanced technology allows patients to gain excellent day and night vision.
Allegretto Wave® Eye-Q uses highly controlled laser pulses that track the movements of the eye in milliseconds. This allows your physician to create a customized shape for the cornea of your eye with extremely precise correction. This technology makes it possible to achieve vision that is better than 20/20, with enhanced contrast and sharpness.
Every patient's eyes are different and therefore need to be evaluated independently and treated uniquely. Using Allegretto technology, Illinois Masonic Medical Center physicians can ensure that all steps of the laser vision correction procedure may be personalized to the individual patient. They offer a custom diagnosis, personalized flap creation with IntraLase and custom laser vision correction with custom ablation.
Who Is a Candidate for LASIK?
LASIK is largely a safe procedure that has helped millions of people worldwide. The ideal LASIK candidate meets all of these criteria:
Some candidates who don’t meet all these criteria can still undergo the procedure, but factors may preclude them from having the best outcome.
- Is older than age 18
- Has had a stable prescription for glasses or contact lenses for at least two years
- Has corneas (the clear outer covering of the eye) that have sufficient thickness to allow the creation of the corneal flap
- Is affected by one of the common types of vision problems or refractive errors: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (blurred vision caused by an irregularly shaped cornea) or a combination of two of these.
- Has nearsightedness up to minus 12 diopters, astigmatism up to six diopters or farsightedness up to plus six diopters
- Has no other diseases or conditions, vision-related or otherwise, that might reduce the effectiveness of the surgery or the ability to heal properly and quickly
- Understands the surgery's benefits and risks, and that he or she may still need to wear glasses or contacts
- Has thoroughly discussed the benefits and risks with his or her physician
Schedule a Complimentary Consultation
To find out if you are a candidate for LASIK, call 773.296.3937 to schedule a complimentary consultation or request a consultation online.