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. His areas of expertise include the following: LASIK and cataracts. Dr. Voirin takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. In Dr. Sandor's practice, he is particularly interested in LASIK, cataract surgery, and cataracts. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Sandor has an open panel.

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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 a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Brazis's areas of expertise include LASIK, external eye diseases, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Brazis completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He is professionally 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: 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's specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Michelson's clinical interests include LASIK and cataracts. He is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School. Dr. Michelson's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He 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 sees patients in Downers Grove, IL. Her medical specialty is ophthalmology (eye disease). Clinical interests for Dr. Sarkos include LASIK, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. She studied medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for her residency. Dr. Sarkos's 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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