Which Refractive Surgery is Right for You?

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Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2024 by Dr. Robert Mack
Refractive Surgery in Hoffman Estates

Blurry vision can significantly interfere with your life, making it difficult to read or drive safely. Often, people with refractive errors rely on eyeglasses and contact lenses to help them see clearly, but other, more permanent options are available to achieve clear vision. At Mack Eye Center, our doctors offer refractive surgery options to correct common refractive errors.


Those who are ready to trade in their eyeglasses and contact lenses for naturally crisp vision may be wondering if refractive surgery is the right option. Generally, a good candidate:

  • Has a prescription for glasses or contact lenses
  • Desires a greater degree of independence from glasses or contact lenses
  • Does not suffer from eye disease
  • Has nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism

Your Options for Better Vision

Your Mack Eye Center doctor will determine the most appropriate refractive surgery for you based on your needs. For example, a patient with nearsightedness with no corneal issues may benefit greatly from LASIK, a refractive surgery that alters the shape of the cornea. This popular procedure has a positive track record of success, and most patients are happy with their results. LASIK involves the creation of a flap in the cornea, after which a laser is used to reshape the cornea. The flap is closed, where it seals into place. Recovery usually takes only a few days, making it a safe and convenient option.

If a patient has some corneal abnormalities, PRK may be a better option. This procedure is often regarded as a LASIK alternative, as it can offer excellent vision correction for patients with thin corneas. Instead of creating a flap, PRK is performed by directing laser energy to the surface of the cornea.

If only mild correction is needed, such as in cases where the patient wants to reduce their dependence on reading glasses, conductive keratoplasty could be an excellent option. Instead of laser energy, conductive keratoplasty uses radio waves to improve vision.

There are a range of refractive surgery options available at Mack Eye Center, each of which offers unique benefits to the patient. The only way to know for sure which option is right for you is to come in for a consultation. Our doctors will evaluate your eyes, current prescriptions, and other essential factors to develop a customized treatment plan for you.

Book Your Refractive Surgery Consultation Today

Experience high-quality patient care with our team of passionate doctors and staff. We are ready to help you correct your refractive errors to help you see clearly. Contact us today, and a member of our team will help you arrange a refractive surgery consultation.

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