From its beginnings as a manual procedure that required taking a surgical blade to the eye, refractive surgery has undergone a revolutionary transformation that now helps patients more safely see more clearly. With the advent of laser-guided LASIK technology, your eye surgeon can treat your myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism with a minimally-invasive procedure that takes less than an hour to perform and only a few days to recover from. The ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q laser system is one example of the cutting-edge technologies and techniques employed by Dr. Gerstein to help restore your vision.
How It Works
The ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q laser system improves on LASIK surgery by providing precise results in a fraction of the time it used to take. In fact, the ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q can administer safe and successful corrective care in as little as 8 seconds. The superior results arise from a pulsing beam that evaluates eye movement 400 times per second, allowing Dr. Gerstein to remove corneal tissue more accurately and more precisely.
Benefits of Wave Eye-Q Technology
Because this laser pulse traces every detail of your eye, results of an ALLEGRETTO WAVE® Eye-Q procedure are more customized and individualized to each patient, allowing some patients to achieve vision ever better than 20/20. In addition, this precision reduces the risk of surgical error or side effects like glare because the procedure is performed according to the unique curvatures and biomechanics of your eye. With every laser stroke exactly where it needs to be, patients also benefit from swift recovery times.
For more information about refractive surgery and the advanced LASIK technologies we employ, please visit the Gerstein Eye Institute. One of the leading eye centers in Chicago and Illinois, the Gerstein Eye Institute has decades of experience treating patients with the most advanced technology and greatest care. To schedule a consultation, call us at (773) 649-5532.
Whether your treatment is elective or necessary for preventing vision loss, doing your research ahead of time can help you make an informed and empowered patient decision. If you are considering or preparing for an upcoming procedure, talk to your eye surgeon about your questions, concerns and expectations. He or she can help you feel more comfortable about and confident in your treatment and provide accurate answers to your pressing questions.
What kind of results can you expect from your LASIK procedure? While some patients may require a secondary surgery, most LASIK patients achieve “somewhere between 20/20 and 20/40 vision without glasses or contacts,” according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
While cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed by eye doctors, you may still feel nervous about the procedure. This guide to frequently asked cataract questions provides more information about the procedure types, risks and outcomes.
Once your ophthalmologist has recommended eye surgery, the two of you will begin making a series of decisions that affect how the procedure is performed. This guide to cataract decisions outlines some of the talking points you and your doctor will discuss.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding eye surgery, contact the Gerstein Eye Institute today. One of the leading eye centers in Chicago and Illinois, the Gerstein Eye Institute has decades of experience treating patients with the most advanced technology and greatest care. To schedule a consultation, call us at (773) 649-5532.
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TheGerstein Eye Institute has decades of experience treating Chicago patients with the most advanced technology and greatest care, including advanced LASIK and custom cataract surgery. To schedule a consultation, please call us at (773) 649-5532.
Characterized by loss of vision, optic neuritis is an inflammation of the optic nerve that affects the central part of vision. As a result, patients with the condition experience eye pain, blurry vision and the sensation of trying to see through a “donut hole.” In severe cases, patients are unable to see at all. To learn more about optic neuritis, talk to your ophthalmologist and watch the informational video below.
Eye doctors are usually unable to detect any abnormalities simply by looking into the eye. In order to diagnose optic neuritis, Dr. Gerstein will shine a flashlight into the eye to see how the eye reacts. By doing this, he can identify the optic nerve as the source of your symptoms, ruling out other causes of vision loss and prescribing an effective course of treatment.
If you have been experiencing eye pain or vision loss, please visit the Gerstein Eye Institute. One of the leading eye centers in Chicago and Illinois, the Gerstein Eye Institute has decades of experience treating patients with the most advanced technology and greatest care. To schedule a consultation, call us at (773) 649-5532.
If you are a longtime wearer of glasses or contacts, you may be wondering if there is an easier way to achieve clear vision. For those of you considering LASIK surgery, schedule an appointment with your eye surgeon to discuss your treatment options, what to expect, and the potential outcomes of the procedure. By asking your questions of and raising your concerns to Dr. Gerstein, you can make an informed and confident decision about your vision.
What is LASIK and What Does it Treat? LASIK is an outpatient refractive surgery used to reverse vision impairment caused by nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. During the procedure, Dr. Gerstein will reshape your cornea using a laser: the cornea is flattened in nearsighted patients, steepened for farsighted patients, and reshaped for patients with astigmatism.
Should I Anticipate Pain? Before your LASIK procedure begins, a topical anesthetic is administered to numb the surgical area. While patients might feel pressure during the procedure, the surgery itself is painless. Dr Gerstein will provide you with special drops or an eye guard after the procedure to reduce any post-surgical discomfort.
What are the Major Risks Involved? As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with LASIK treatment. The overall complication rate, though, is very low—between 0.2% and 2% of all treatments—with less than 1% of patients experiencing a vision-reducing complication. The most common issue associated with LASIK is under correction or overcorrection, which can result in the need for a second eye surgery to achieve the desired vision.
Only an experienced eye surgeon can evaluate your candidacy for LASIK eye surgery. For more answers to commonly asked LASIK questions, please visit the Gerstein Eye Institute. One of the leading eye centers in Chicago and Illinois, the Gerstein Eye Institute has decades of experience treating patients with the most advanced technology and greatest care. To schedule a consultation, call us at (773) 649-5532.