Ideal Family Eye Care, LTD Sylwia Szewczyk, OD & Associates
Optometry located in Jefferson Park, Chicago, IL
Wondering whether LASIK vision correction is right for you? Skilled eye doctors Sylwia Szewczyk, OD, and Joanna Luty, OD, at Ideal Family Eye Care, LTD Sylwia Szewczyk, OD & Associates in Chicago, expertly evaluate your vision to determine whether you might benefit from LASIK. To find out whether you can leave glasses behind, call the Jefferson Park office today or book your LASIK consultation using the online scheduler.
LASIK Consultation Q & A
What is LASIK?What is LASIK?
LASIK stands for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis surgery. It's the most common eye surgery in the United States today. LASIK corrects three kinds of vision issues:
- Myopia, or nearsightedness
- Hyperopia, or farsightedness
- Astigmatism, irregular cornea curvature that causes fuzzy vision
During LASIK, your eye surgeon uses a state-of-the-art laser to reshape your cornea. This improves focus and clarity. For many patients, LASIK reduces or eliminates the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Am I a good candidate for LASIK?
During a LASIK consultation at Ideal Family Eye Care, a highly trained doctor of optometry evaluates your suitability for LASIK. Although LASIK is an amazing procedure for vision correction, it’s not right for everyone. Your eye doctor checks for the following qualifications:
- 18 years or older
- Stable vision, with no prescription changes for a year or more
- Good eye health, with no corneal, retinal, or optic nerve issues
- Good overall health and wellness, with no autoimmune disease
- Healthy tear film
- Not currently pregnant or breastfeeding
If you don’t currently meet the above qualifications, your Ideal Family Eye Care eye doctor can help with other options for vision correction. And you may qualify for LASIK at some point in the future.
How does LASIK surgery work?
During LASIK surgery, your eye surgeon carefully creates a small flap in your cornea so they can precisely shape your corneal tissue using computer guidance. Your eye surgeon removes only tiny quantities of tissue, doing this in increments until achieving the optimal cornea shape for vision correction.
Although a trusted local eye surgeon performs your LASIK, all of your pre- and post-LASIK care happens at Ideal Family Eye Care. Your Ideal Family Eye Care doctor works closely with your eye surgeon, co-managing your care to make sure that you get the best results possible from your LASIK procedure.
How long is recovery following LASIK?
After your LASIK surgery, there’s little downtime. In fact, most patients have better vision by the next day. A few days after your LASIK surgery, you visit your Ideal Family Eye Care optometrist to ensure that you're healing well. Most LASIK patients only need to take a day or two off work to get excellent vision correction.
Use the online scheduler or call Ideal Family Eye Care to book your LASIK consultation today.
Evaluation and Referral
LASIK (laser assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery uses the latest advancements in technology to provide faster recovery times and precise results. LASIK surgery has been effective in treating myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and other eye conditions. At Ideal Family Eye Care, we provide evaluations and referrals for patients interested in LASIK surgery. Dr. Szewczyk performs a complete review of your patient history as well as a full assessment of your eye health and vision. A current exam is important to determining if you are a candidate for LASIK surgery and if there are any other factors that may affect your results. The history review enables our optometrist to determine if your prescription is stable and you are healthy enough to consider surgery.
Once Dr. Szewczyk has performed the evaluation and determined whether you are a candidate for LASIK, you will be given a referral to the LASIK surgery center we have worked with on an ongoing basis. The center will perform advanced diagnostic testing and will evaluate your eligibility for surgery. Various surgery options will be discussed with you if you are determined to be a surgical candidate. We will be in correspondence with the center regarding your evaluation and surgical determination. If you are considering LASIK surgery, call us at (773) 774-2200 to schedule a consultation.
Once your surgery is scheduled, we will schedule follow-up appointments for you in our Chicago office. Typically, you will begin these follow-ups the day after the surgery and continue at prearranged times over the following six months. After 1 year, a full exam is recommended to determine the long-term results of your procedure. Dr. Szewczyk is experienced in working with patients pre- and post-operation and will answer any questions that you have along the way. If you have questions about LASIK surgery, call (773) 774-2200 to speak with our knowledgeable staff or email us.
Advantages of LASIK
If you have worn glasses or contact lenses for a long time, you may have wondered if LASIK surgery is a good choice for you. While not everyone is a candidate for LASIK, it does have some great advantages. People who play sports, have allergies, or who are looking for simplicity will all benefit from LASIK. To learn more about LASIK and your vision, call Ideal Family Eye Care today at (773) 774-2200.