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

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

Dr. Terrence Voirin is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Plainfield, IL. He is a graduate of Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His medical residency was performed at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital. In Dr. Voirin's practice, he is particularly interested in LASIK and cataracts. Dr. Voirin takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Surgical Procedures, LASIK, Cataracts

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

Dr. Charles Sandor is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Wheaton, IL. In his practice, Dr. Sandor focuses on LASIK, cataract surgery, and cataracts. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sandor accepts. Dr. Sandor studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Sandor is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, LASIK

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

Dr. Peter Brazis is an ophthalmology (eye disease) specialist. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Brazis attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include the following: LASIK, external eye diseases, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Brazis is accepting 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 practices ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Michelson is especially interested in LASIK and cataracts. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He attended Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Dr. Michelson is accepting new patients.

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

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, Refractive Surgery, LASIK

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

Dr. Sophia Sarkos' area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Sarkos has a special interest in LASIK, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna. She is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Sarkos's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University. Her professional affiliations include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist Health Network (AHN).

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Cataract Surgery, Cataracts, Laser Treatment, 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.
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