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Laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) is a popular type of eye surgery used to correct refractive errors and dramatically improve vision. LASIK is capable of correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. If you find corrective lenses cumbersome, consider talking to your eye doctor about whether you could be a good candidate for LASIK.
If you’ve ever broken your eyeglasses, lost a contact lens, or had an eye infection due to your corrective lenses, you may have already considered undergoing LASIK surgery. This innovative procedure offers the freedom and convenience of no longer having to depend on eyewear. LASIK surgery has a very high rate of patient satisfaction. You’ll enjoy vision correction no later than a few days after your procedure. Plus, the laser application takes less than one minute to complete!
Your eye surgeon will apply numbing drops to the eye to eliminate the possibility of any discomfort. Then, he or she will create a very small flap in the cornea. Sometimes, this is accomplished with a microkeratome, which is a special mechanical blade. Many patients prefer bladeless LASIK, which involves the use of a femtosecond laser to create the flap, rather than a blade. After the flap is created, the eye surgeon applies an excimer laser to reshape the cornea. Reshaping the cornea allows the eye to focus light properly, which corrects vision.
Over the years, LASIK technology has undergone a number of improvements. In addition to bladeless technology, some eye surgeons use the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q excimer laser. This laser operates at a very fast speed to reduce the procedure time even further. Plus, the laser is highly customizable, allowing the eye surgeon to adjust it to each eye’s unique structure. This provides a higher quality of vision.
Gerstein Eye Institute is proud to offer bladeless LASIK surgery, which gives our patients a safe and precise option for eye surgery. We also use the Allegretto Wave Eye-Q to customize each procedure to each patient’s unique eyes. You can schedule a consultation with our practice in Chicago by calling (773) 649-5532.
Last updated 7 days ago
Advancing age often places you at a higher risk of certain conditions, even if you’ve led a generally healthy lifestyle. It’s a good idea to schedule regular appointments with an eye doctor to check for signs of age-related eye conditions, such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. When an eye doctor detects these problems early, patients are less likely to suffer from complications such as permanent vision loss.
Cataracts are areas of cloudiness on the eye’s lens. They cause cloudy or foggy vision. Often, patients with cataracts report having difficulty driving at night and coping with glare. Over half of all adults over the age of 65 have cataracts, and cataract surgery is among the most common types of eye surgeries. Although age is a significant factor in the development of cataracts, other risk factors can contribute. For example, you’re more likely to get cataracts if you smoke, consume alcohol immoderately, or do not protect your eyes from exposure to ultraviolet light.
Your retina is located at the back of the eye. The macula is a small area in the retina that allows you to discern fine details. For example, the macula is the reason why people can read small print or thread a needle. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) occurs when the macula deteriorates, causing symptoms such as blurry vision and dark areas in the central vision. Sometimes, permanent central vision loss occurs.
Glaucoma is another condition that is more prevalent among older adults. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve can become damaged because of increased intraocular pressure, or pressure within the eye. Early detection is critical to prevent permanent vision loss.
The eye doctors of Gerstein Eye Institute in Chicago have extensive experience in detecting and treating numerous eye conditions. We offer cataract surgery with advanced technology intraocular lenses, among many other innovative treatments. Call our eye surgery practice at (773) 649-5532 to schedule an appointment.
Last updated 14 days ago
Cataracts are a common vision problem that causes progressively worsening vision loss. If you have cataracts, your ophthalmologist may recommend undergoing cataract surgery. This type of surgery involves removing the cloudy lens and replacing it with an intraocular lens (IOL). Your ophthalmologist may recommend an advanced technology IOL such as the AcrySof Toric lens. Not only does this innovative lens restore your sight following cataract removal, but it can also reduce or eliminate astigmatism. Patients who receive this IOL enjoy significantly improved distance vision, without the need for contact lenses or eyeglasses.
Advanced technology IOLs are an exciting development in the ophthalmology field because older adults can once again enjoy the same vision quality they had in their younger years. These IOLs are ideal for restoring near, intermediate, and far vision. Plus, these lenses have been proven to be just as safe as traditional lens implants.
To determine whether you could be a good candidate for advanced technology intraocular lenses, call Gerstein Eye Institute at (773) 649-5532 and make an appointment with our eye doctor. We also invite you to browse our website for more helpful information on cataract surgery.
Last updated 21 days ago
The lens of your eye is a clear, crystalline structure behind the pupil. It works by focusing light that passes to the retina, which is located at the back of the eye. Cataracts are patches on the lens that interfere with the transmission of light to the retina, which clouds your vision. Cataracts occur as a result of an accumulation of protein on the lens. Certain risk factors can contribute to their development, including smoking, steroid drug use, excessive UV light exposure, diabetes, and advancing age.
Watch this animation for an explanation of how cataracts affect your vision. This video explains that untreated cataracts eventually lead to blindness. You’ll also learn what you can expect from cataract surgery.
Since 1968, Gerstein Eye Institute has been a leader in providing cataract surgery and other eye care treatments. You can call our office in Chicago at (773) 649-5532 or visit us online for more information.
Last updated 27 days ago
If you have decided that LASIK is the answer to your vision problems, you may be wondering what you need to do to get ready for your laser surgery procedure. While your doctor will need to provide you with detailed instructions, there are some general guidelines to help you get ready. Patients who wear rigid contact lenses will want to avoid using their lenses for at least three weeks prior to surgery; soft-contact users only need to stop use for three days.
Because you will need to have your head precisely positioned for the procedure, it is best to avoid wearing any jewelry around the neck or face. You should also skip putting on eye makeup the morning of your surgery. You can eat a light meal before the surgery takes place and take any medication as normal.
While the preparation process may seem daunting, the payoff is extensive. Around 96% of Lasik patients will have their desired vision after LASIK. Most patients find that they have a significant reduction in their contact lens or eyeglass dependence and many no longer find use for them at all.
Gerstein Eye Institute provides the latest technology in laser vision correction, and we can help you say goodbye to your glasses for good. You can schedule a consultation at our Chicago office on our website or by calling (773) 649-5532.