What is LASIK?

lasiklaserLASIK or Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, corrects the way light is bent, or refracted, as it passes through the cornea so that an image is focused precisely on the retina resulting in clear vision.  During LASIK surgery, a thin flap is made in the front surface of the cornea.  The flap is temporarily lifted and an excimer laser beam is used to reshape the corneal curvature.  The flap is then replaced in its original position, resulting in a cornea which has been perfectly reshaped to provide clear vision. LASIK is approved to correct nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism. The entire procedure takes 10-20 minutes per eye and patients are often ready to leave shortly after their surgery. The procedure itself is painless with the flap healing on its own within several days.

Eye drops are taken for a short time after the surgery to control inflammation, prevent infection, and provide comfort.  Vision often improves rapidly, and most patients eventually enjoy 20/20 vision or better within several days after treatment.  Most patients require no corrective eyewear after surgery, although patients over 45 years old often need reading glasses.  Drs. Russell LeBoyer and Scott Bornstein are experienced and well trained on all state of the art technologies in refractive surgery.

Please call either of our north shore offices in Skokie or Highland Park to schedule your consultation with one of our LASIK surgeons.