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

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Terrence Gerard Voirin D.O.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 2.75 stars (1 rating)
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Terrence Voirin is a physician who specializes in ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include LASIK and cataracts. Dr. Voirin is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Voirin's office for an appointment. He graduated from Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , LASIK

All Interests: Cataracts, Surgical Procedures, LASIK

Dr. Thomas S. Michelson M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Thomas Michelson is a specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). He works in Wheaton, IL and Naperville, IL. Areas of expertise for Dr. Michelson include LASIK and cataracts. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Dr. Michelson takes several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He is open to new patients. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Michelson attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School.

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

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

Dr. Charles S. Sandor M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Charles Sandor's area of specialization is ophthalmology (eye disease). Dr. Sandor obtained his medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. In his practice, Dr. Sandor focuses on LASIK, cataract surgery, and cataracts. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. His practice is open to 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 M.D.
Specializes in Ophthalmology
2015 N Main Street
Wheaton, IL
 

Dr. Peter Brazis, who practices in Wheaton, IL, Naperville, IL, and Maywood, IL, is a medical specialist in ophthalmology (eye disease). His clinical interests include LASIK, external eye diseases, and cornea transplant (keratoplasty). Dr. Brazis is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and more. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, Dr. Brazis attended Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Brazis is professionally affiliated with Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He welcomes 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)

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

Dr. Sophia Sarkos is an ophthalmologist in Downers Grove, IL. Clinical interests for Dr. Sarkos include LASIK, cataract surgery, and comprehensive ophthalmology. She is professionally affiliated with Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale and Adventist Health Network (AHN). She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Aetna, and more. Dr. Sarkos attended Ohio State University College of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University.

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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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