Ophthalmologist’s Office Has Eyes on Hollywood

Kirk Packo, MD, has always loved the movies. “Collecting also is a passion of mine, so collecting movie posters was a nice fit,” says Packo, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center.

That passion’s unmistakable in the ophthalmology offices at Rush, which house more than 200 movie posters and memorabilia. Many embrace the vision theme — including posters for “For Your Eyes Only” and “The Eyes of Laura Mars,” to name a few — along with eyeglasses worn by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Buster Keaton.


New Technology Enhances LASIK Surgery Safety

Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD

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.

Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD, is Deutsch Family Professor, director of refractive surgery and vice chairman of Ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center.