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We found 5 providers with an interest in refractive surgery and who accept Medicare Assignment near Wheaton, IL.

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

Dr. Terrence Voirin is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. These areas are among Dr. Voirin's clinical interests: LASIK and cataracts. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Cataracts, LASIK

Dr. Sophia M Sarkos, MD
Specializes in Ophthalmology
4958 Forest Avenue
Downers Grove, IL
 

Dr. Sophia Sarkos is an ophthalmologist. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sarkos include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, LASIK, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna, and more. She attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Sarkos's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Laser Treatment, Cataract Surgery with Intraocular ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Charles Sandor is a Wheaton, IL physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). Areas of particular interest for Dr. Sandor include cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, LASIK, and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Sandor takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before completing his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, Dr. Sandor attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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

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

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

Dr. Peter Brazis is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Brazis include LASIK, external eye diseases, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). Dr. Brazis is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He attended medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: External Eye Diseases, Cornea Transplant, Cataracts, Laser Surgery, Refractive Surgery, LASIK, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Thomas Michelson is an ophthalmologist in Wheaton, IL and Naperville, IL. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University for residency. In Dr. Michelson's practice, he is particularly interested in cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and LASIK. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Michelson is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital.

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

All Interests: 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.