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We found 4 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Great-West Healthcare HMO near Wheaton, IL.

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Dr. Terrence Gerard Voirin, DO
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Terrence Voirin practices ophthalmology (eye disease) in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Plainfield, IL. Dr. Voirin's areas of expertise include LASIK and cataracts. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. After completing medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, he performed his residency at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital. Dr. Voirin is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, LASIK

Dr. Charles S Sandor Jr., MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Charles Sandor's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). His areas of expertise include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, LASIK, and cataracts. Dr. Sandor is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sandor welcomes new patients. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens ... (Read more)

Dr. Peter T Brazis III, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Peter Brazis is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Maywood, IL. His areas of expertise consist of LASIK, external eye diseases, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Brazis attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

All Interests: Laser Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, Cornea Problems, External Eye ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas S Michelson, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Michelson is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist in Wheaton, IL and Naperville, IL. Dr. Michelson obtained his medical school training at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He has a special interest in cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and LASIK. He accepts Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Michelson is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , refractive surgery (vision correction surgery), LASIK

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular Lens Implantation, Refractive Surgery, LASIK

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What is Refractive Surgery?

Refractive errors are problems in the shape of the eye that prevent light from being focused as it should. Small changes to the shape of the cornea (the clear, dome-shaped layer covering the front of the eye) and length of the eyeball can make vision blurry. Refractive surgery is any surgery on the eye that corrects a refractive error, improving vision and reducing the need for glasses and contacts. The most well-known refractive surgery is LASIK surgery, but there are several kinds.

LASIK surgery uses lasers to reshape the cornea. It can be used to treat most cases of near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism. An ophthalmologist cuts away a flap of tissue covering the cornea, then guides a laser to lower or raise the curve of the cornea or to smooth out the surface of one with irregularities. It only takes 10 - 15 minutes per eye, and it is permanent.

LASEK is a very similar procedure that involves a thinner ‘flap’ under which the ophthalmologist operates. It may take slightly longer to heal, but it is a better choice for people with thin corneas.

There are several other kinds of surgery that reshape the cornea, including photorefractive keratectomy (PRK), conductive keratoplasty (CK), and laser thermal keratoplasty (LTK). While these procedures are not always as effective at vision correction as LASIK, they are also not as invasive. Unlike LASIK, they do not involve cutting open the flap of corneal tissue at the beginning of the procedure. PRK trims only the top layer of the cornea, while CK and LTK use heat to create precise scarring that will reshape it. There also may be less risk of side effects.

For severe cases of myopia, or nearsightedness, a procedure called phakic intraocular lenses may be used. These are like an implantable contact lens that is permanently inserted into the eye, in front of the natural lens.

Although an optician can refer patients to a surgeon, refractive surgery can only be performed by an ophthalmologist. A complete eye exam and consultation should always be performed. While recovery may take a few days of discomfort and blurry vision, it can lead to a lifetime free of glasses and contacts.