Vision Correction Surgery

Illinois Eye & Ear at UI Health transforms vision with state-of-the-art laser vision correction procedures that can eliminate your need for glasses or contact lenses. Also known as refractive eye surgery, laser vision correction surgery is used to address common eye conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Significant advancements in surgical techniques and laser technology have made vision correction surgery more available and effective for patients.  In fact, Illinois Eye & Ear at UI Health is home to some of the most advanced laser innovations available, including “wavefront” technology which utilizes lasers to guide surgeons in a LASIK technique that is custom to your eyes.

Our world-class ophthalmologists and laser vision correction team will guide you through your vision correction surgery options, so you understand the best treatment that is right for you.

Laser vision correction eye surgeries are performed both at the UI Health Specialty Care Building and at our Millennium Park Eye Center in downtown Chicago.

Get started on your journey to better vision and schedule your consultation now by calling 312-996-EYES (3937).


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Illinois Eye & Ear at UI Health is proud to provide the latest surgical treatment options to eliminate problems related to several common eye conditions. Your unique eye health may qualify you for different kinds of vision correction or refractive eye surgeries. A consultation with one of our expert ophthalmologic surgeons can guide you through your best options.

In general, you are a candidate for refractive eye surgery if:

  • You are age 21 or older,
  • Your vision prescription has not changed in the past year,
  • You have healthy eyes overall, including healthy corneas.

Additional surgical qualifications depend on the specific treatment.

LASIK Surgery

LASIK Surgery

Laser-assisted In Situ Keratomileusis, more commonly known as LASIK, is an eye surgery that reshapes the eye’s corneas to improve focus. LASIK surgery is a bladeless procedure that uses two lasers to reshape the cornea’s curvature. The first laser, called a femtosecond laser, creates a flap in the cornea; the second, called excimer, then reshapes the cornea. The improved shape better focuses light, so you can see clearly.

With our state-of-the-art vision equipment, all patients have customized laser treatments. There are different types of LASIK, which include wavefront-guided and topography-guided that are used to accommodate different types of corneas. One of our experts will discuss which option best fits your specific needs.

Candidate Qualifications

If you have one of the following eye conditions, laser vision correction is a treatment option for you:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Astigmatism (blurred vision)

SMILE Surgery

SMILE— small-incision lenticule extraction — is a relatively new laser eye procedure similar to LASIK. Where LASIK uses two lasers to reshape the cornea, SMILE uses just one laser (femtosecond) to create a piece of tissue within the cornea called a lenticule. The lenticule is then removed.

Candidate Qualifications

Your ophthalmologist may suggest SMILE over other refractive-corrective surgeries if you have certain vision considerations, such as dry eyes or specificities around your vision prescription.

Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)

PRK is a refractive laser vision correction surgery that uses excimer laser pulses to reshape the cornea.  The procedure does not require a flap and preserves more corneal tissue. It was the first laser refractive procedure for vision correction approved by the FDA.

Candidate Qualifications

PRK could be a treatment option for you if you have:

  • Nearsightedness (myopia)
  • Farsightedness (hyperopia)
  • Astigmatism (blurred vision)

Read our Vision Correction Surgery FAQ for more information about what you need to know before your consultation.


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