Laser Vision Correction uses the Visx Excimer Laser to reshape the front surface of the eye to allow images to focus on the retina. The laser emits pulses of cool ultraviolet light to remove microns (small amounts) of tissue from the cornea.
2. Where is the procedure performed?
At the Sloan Vision Center (located just down the street from us at 1301 W. 22nd Street, Suite #305, Oak Brook, IL 60523.
3. How long does the procedure take?
The laser treatment itself takes approximately 60 seconds or less depending on the amount of correction you need. Expect to be at The Sloan Vision Center for approximately 2 hours for the entire procedure, including the pre-laser work-up.
4. Will I be put to sleep?
No. You will receive several drops of topical anesthesia to numb the eye. In addition to the drops, you will also be given an oral medication to help you relax.
5. Does it hurt?
The surgery itself is pain-free! You may have a scratchy, sandy feeling, or it may feel like a dirty contact lens is in the eye for a day or two following surgery.
6. Will I need to wear glasses or contacts after surgery?
94% of the patients achieve visual acuity of 20/40 or better without glasses. That is good enough to pass a drivers license exam without glasses. 58% of the time their vision is 20/20.
7. How long will I be out of work?
This depends on your type of occupation and your personal healing and comfort level. Most patients return to work within one to three days.
8. Are there any restrictions after the procedure?
The eye must be protected from injury and infection. For example, swimming and contact sports are best avoided for a few weeks.
9. Does insurance cover LASIK?
Most insurance companies consider this procedure to be elective. However, we encourage you to verify with your individual carrier.
10. How long has Laser Vision Correction been around?
Laser Vision Correction has been approved for use in the United States since March of 1996, but has been performed around the world since 1988. Over a million people have had Laser Vision Correction to correct their sight.
11. What is Myopia?
Myopia, also called nearsightedness, means that distant objects appear blurry, while near objects, such as reading material, are usually clear. People with nearsightedness notice difficulty seeing things far away. Nearsightedness is treated by reshaping the cornea to bring the light rays back into proper focus.
12. What is hyperopia?
Hyperopia, also called farsightedness, means that near objects appear blurrier than distant objects. This is the opposite of nearsightedness. People with farsightedness notice difficulty reading. Farsightedness is treated by reshaping the cornea to bring light rays back into proper focus.
13. What is astigmatism?
Astigmatism occurs when the cornea, or front surface of the eye, is oval in shape instead of round. the oval shape causes blurry vision both near and far away.
14. What is presbyopia?
Presbyopia is the natural aging process in the eyes that makes it more difficult to read as we age. Presbyopia requires people to wear bifocal or reading glasses. It is often confused with farsightedness, but even nearsighted people become presbyopic as they age. There is no direct treatment for presbyopia.
15. What is monovision?
Monovision is used to compensate for presbyopia. With this condition, one eye is corrected for good distance vision while the other eye is left mildly nearsighted for good reading vision. This allows people to see both far away and up close without glasses. The disadvantage of monovision is that there is a mild imbalance in the focus of the eyes, which some people do not tolerate.
16. How do I know if I am a candidate for refractive procedure?
Most people are candidates for refractive procedure. An examination of the eyes is necessary to be sure.
17. Does age make a big difference?
Age is relatively unimportant. More important is that your degree of nearsightedness or farsightedness be stable for about a year before the procedure.
18. Are my activities limited after the procedure?
We request that you do not get water in your eyes, nor wear mascara or eye liner for two weeks after the procedure. Other than that, there are no restrictions.
19. Can someone look in my eyes and tell that I have had a procedure?
20. What should I expect the day I come in form my initial consultation?
Your vision will be measured, background medical information will be obtained, and you will be educated as to which procedure you are a candidate for and what results you can expect from the procedure. You will have an opportunity to have your questions answered at that time.
21. What should I expect the day I come in for my refractive procedure?
When you arrive, you will be given some eye drops and a sedative to help you relax. Once the medications take effect, the procedure will be performed in the Laser operating room. You may go home immediately afterwards. There is no need to change into hospital gowns, and there are no injections.
22. Will my career choices be limited by having had a procedure?
Some branches of the military have restrictions on the procedures, but most people find that their career choices are actually broadened. Many people who were disqualified due to poor vision can now be police officers, fire fighters, or even airline pilots after having a refractive procedure.
23. Do you perform correction on both eyes at the same time?
24. Can the laser cause glare and halos?
The most common side effect is glare and halos around lights at night. this can make driving more difficult. Many people notice these while wearing their glasses and contact lenses, and it is rare that they worsen significantly.
25. Will laser vision correction weaken my eye?
Robert E.Gorsich, M.D. at the Center for Visual Freedom, is located in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, in beautiful Oak Brook, Illinois. It is conveniently located to Elmhurst, Naperville, Hinsdale, Lisle and Downers Grove, Illinois.