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
"thankful for a great doctor - I owe my sight and appearance of my eye to Dr. Ticho . Before I saw him I was left with a very crooked and virtually blind left eye due to a skleral buckle. Few doctors will work on an adult with strabismus. He informed me that it might take more than one surgery to correct. Dr. Ticho straightened my eye in one surgery, then a second extensive cataract surgery restored my vision. I am forever thankful. If there is a short wait to see Dr. Ticho, sit back and relax. he is truly the BEST."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jan 25, 2016
"So far so good. They seemed very organized and very friendly. They were very thorough on the evaluation of the need for cataract surgery. We will see how the surgery goes."- D.F. / Google / Feb 07, 2020
"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
"Dr. Ticho did my daughter's cataract surgery in 2009. He did an excitement job!"- H. / Healthgrades / Mar 11, 2020
"Love Dr. Ticho. Have gone to him for many, many years. Always professional and kind. He did my husband's cataract surgery and he will do mine. Top, top doctor! We're lucky to have him."- J.B. / Google / Oct 07, 2019
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.