About Refractive Error and Surgery
Refractive eye surgery reduces the need for glasses or contacts, either by reshaping the cornea or replacing the lens inside the eye. Via detailed preoperative corneal mapping, the refractive specialists at Ticho Eye Associates create an individualized plan for your unique visual needs. Refractive surgery can be an incredibly rewarding decision; however, not everyone is an appropriate surgical candidate. At Ticho Eye Associates, we are very protective of your vision, so we begin with a thorough consultation to help determine if LASIK / PRK surgery is the best choice for you.
Refractive Error and Surgery Reviews
"Dr. Ticho did an outstanding job on my cataract surgery. I am getting my other eye done next month. Also, the staff is pleasant and welcoming."- D.B. / Google / Sep 07, 2020
"From the very beginning it looked like a professional, quality operation. I spoke with many people at Ticho and each person knew their job well. My eyes were tested thoroughly and they determined I needed cataract surgery. I had been told that elsewhere also, so I was prepared for surgery. When I went in for cataract surgery everything was in place and ready to go. The people that work in Tinley Woods Surgical Center are very friendly, compassionate and put you at ease. They asked me several times “why are you here today”? Of course, they knew why I was there. They were making sure I knew why I was there. The surgery went well, very minor pain. I could see a difference right away. Everything looked brighter and my focus was much better. I will be having cataract surgery on my right eye within a few weeks. I am certain the professionalism, quality and care will be there. Thank you Ticho Eye Associates. "- G.P. / Healthgrades / Jan 28, 2021
"Having cataract surgery has changed my life tremendously! I feel younger and I am not insecure when I am walking or excercising. Since I have had eye surgery I have gained confidence to start my own business. This surgery is completely life changing for me! I thank God; I thank Dr. Ticho and his staff for the professionalism that they have shown me. Most of all I have 20/20 vision without glasses!"- B.W. / Google / Mar 16, 2021
"Absolutely wonderful service from everyone there. Everyone had a smile and helped me right away. I'm always nervous going to appointments, but any nerves I had were quickly gone. Everything went smoothly and there was no waiting at all!"- Tyler D. / ZocDoc / Oct 23, 2020
"The fact that I can see better than before my cataract surgery speaks for itself! I can see better at 72 than I could at 52. I am very satisfied with my treatment and the entire practice. Dr Ticho has vastly improved my life with his talent and professionalism."- S.L. / Google / Nov 15, 2021
Refractive Error Treatments
Ticho Eye Associates offers the following treatments for common refractive errors:
Glasses, including “digital” and high-index lenses
Contact lenses, including toric, gas-permeable, and specialty lenses
Eye surgery: LASIK, PRK, and refractive lens exchange
For most people, corrective eyewear — glasses and contact lenses — is all that is needed to provide sharp, healthy vision. Depending on your unique refractive error, age, and overall eye health, minimally invasive surgery, such as LASIK or PRK, may reduce or eliminate the dependency on corrective lenses. Some patients may be appropriate candidates for refractive lens exchange (RLE).
LASIK or PRK?
Different techniques have evolved over the years to surgically treat refractive errors, the most common being LASIK and PRK. LASIK stands for laser-assisted in-situation keratomileusis and is perhaps the best-known of these techniques. High energy, short-pulse laser light bursts precisely cut a flap in the cornea (the transparent part of the eye on which contact lenses are placed) and then reshape the corneal “bed”. By altering the overall corneal shape, the focusing power of the cornea is modified to enhance vision. LASIK surgery is virtually painless, taking only about 15 minutes per eye to reduce or eliminate the need for eyeglasses or contact lenses.
The surgeons at Ticho Eye Associates offer PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), a refractive operation similar but often preferable to LASIK. PRK reshapes the corneal surface without creating a separate flap. PRK has been around longer than LASIK and may provide more stable results than LASIK. Many patients do not qualify for LASIK, due to thin corneas, very high myopia, and military or other occupational limitations. For these patients, PRK offers a safe and effective method of correcting myopia and astigmatism. PRK eliminates the risk of flap-related complications and reduces side effects such as glare and halos.
Correct your vision
Have you been experiencing blurry vision? It may be time to see an eye doctor to determine the underlying cause of your vision concerns. If a refractive error is detected, we can review all your options for treatment. We offer both surgical and nonsurgical therapies. Call Ticho Eye Associates in Chicago Ridge, IL, Tinley Park, IL, or Munster, IN today.