By Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD
We have a new development in the Department of Ophthalmology here at Rush. Laser refractive surgery for the correction of refractive errors (nearsightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism) continues to evolve with new advancements in laser technology.
LASIK is a procedure for the correction of these refractive errors in order to decrease the patient’s dependency on glasses or contact lenses. The LASIK procedure consists of the creation of a thin corneal flap, followed by the reshaping of the cornea under that flap with an excimer laser.
Here at Rush we are now offering access to a new technology to enhance the safety of LASIK refractive surgery. In our laser center, on the ninth floor of the Professional Building at Rush, we already have a state-of -the art Wavelight excimer laser to reshape the cornea. We now also have access to a femtosecond laser to create a more precise corneal flap at the beginning of the procedure.
This combination of these two lasers in the LASIK technique offer a safer and more precise refractive procedure for our patients. If you are interested in learning more about these advancements, call Barbara Tazioli at (847) 563-2355.