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Ophthalmology

For more information about LASIK or to schedule an appointment, please call 224.251.2020 or request a consultation online.

LASIK

Our LASIK Suite, housed within The Eye and Vision Center at Glenbrook Hospital, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, allowing our trained surgeons to perform laser treatment to fix refractive errors while providing patient services including pre-operative testing, complimentary consultations and postoperative follow-ups. We offer an “all-laser”, blade free LASIK procedure, which requires less recovery time than traditional surgery.

We offer LASIK surgery for patients who have experienced vision problems due to:

During your complimentary consultation, your vision will be assessed and you will meet your surgeon to discuss your options and expectations.

Before LASIK Surgery

  • Prior to your surgery day, you will come in to have your eyes measured. This will take approximately 1.5 hours
  • If you wear contact lenses, you will be asked to stop wearing them 2 (soft contacts) or 3 (rigid contacts) weeks prior to testing in order to allow for accurate measurements
  • You may continue prescribed medicine as usual unless instructed otherwise by your ophthalmologist
  • On the day of the procedure, please arrive 45 minutes prior to your scheduled time – you will check in, receive a mild sedative and go over post-op instructions
  • Do not wear any makeup, fragrances or hairspray
  • Dress comfortably (the laser room is kept at a low temperature)
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure

During LASIK Surgery

  • You will be in the laser room for approximately 20-25 minutes
  • You will be lying on your back, and will receive numbing drops. A small device keeps your eye from moving
  • Your surgeon will use a laser to open a small flap in the cornea
  • The laser is targeted to the affected area, and takes less than 1 minute to complete reshaping
  • After reshaping the cornea, the flap is closed and the process is repeated on the other eye

After LASIK Surgery

  • Make sure that you are driven home after the procedure – vision will be clearer, but still hazy for the next 12 to 24 hours
  • You will be provided with a postoperative kit containing eye drops, protective eye shields, solar glasses and instructions
  • We recommend rest for a few hours after surgery to recover from the sedative
  • Your ophthalmologist will prescribe 2 types of eye drops that will keep the eyes lubricated
  • Wear protective eye shields each night for 3 days
  • Our team will work to schedule postoperative follow up appointments as recommended for the day after, one week after, 1-3 months later, 3-6 months later and one year later

It is advised that patients do not do the following after LASIK surgery:

  • Rub eyes
  • Wear makeup for 1 week
  • Swim, use a sauna or enter a hot tub for 2 weeks
  • Allow excess water to get into the eyes during a shower
  • Participate in activities that risk eye injury

For More Information 

To find out more about the LASIK procedure or schedule a consultation with an ophthalmologist, you can contact NorthShore's LASIK Suite at 224.251.2020, or request a consultation online