Choosing the right eye LASIK surgery center is the first, and most important decision you will make during your LASIK journey. No matter what, it is important to make sure you feel comfortable with not only your surgeon, but also the LASIK center overall. Knowing that you are in good hands and that you made the right decision will give you peace of mind throughout your entire LASIK procedure.

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Am I eligible for LASIK?

What Makes You a Good Candidate (and What Might Rule You Out)

The only way to truly know if you’re a good candidate for LASIK is to schedule a consult with one of our providers, but in general the ideal candidate for LASIK is:

  • At least 18 years old
  • In good general health
  • Free of eye diseases
  • Not nursing or pregnant
  • Have relatively stable vision
  • No eye infections or injuries

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The Ideal Age for LASIK

Are you too old for LASIK surgery? Are your kids too young? We’re uncovering the truth about the perfect age for LASIK — and you might be surprised.

When Should I Get LASIK? (or something similar)

Surprise! There is no perfect age to get LASIK. That’s because every case is unique — while it’s rare to perform LASIK on children under the age of 18, in some cases the procedure may be the best option for correcting severe vision problems. While certain age-related health issues could be cause for concern, your doctor will go over those factors and conduct an in-depth health history and physical exam before deciding whether or not you’re an ideal candidate.

The Need for Stable Vision

Rather than setting a concrete age limit, eye doctors look for patients who have relatively stable vision. This often eliminates younger candidates as people under the age of 18 often still have frequent vision changes tied to their natural development. Older patients with certain health concerns may also have rapidly changing vision. In these cases, LASIK more only provide a temporary fix as outside factors cause your eyes to continually alter regardless of surgical success.

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The Bottom Line

LASIK eye surgery is only approved by the FDA for patients 18 years of age or older. Even so, many providers prefer their patients to be in their mid-20s or beyond to give each person the best possible chance for a positive, long-lasting outcome. The “sweet spot” seems to be between the ages of 25 and 40, but again, this is a guideline, not a rule.

The best way to find out if you’re the right age for LASIK is to sit down with an experienced eye surgeon who will get to know you and make the best recommendations for your unique needs. Schedule your consultation today.

LASIK Eye Surgery Cost

How the Procedure Saves You Money

One of the main reasons LASIK seems expensive is that it’s considered an elective procedure – meaning that you’ll be hard pressed to find an insurance provider who will cover it. While typically LASIK costs around two grand per eye, it’s actually a first step towards a serious decline in vision spending in the future.

How much savings are we talking about here? According to the National Eye Institute, Americans spend $15 billion per year on eyewear. The way you fit into that number is based on the boxes of disposable contact lenses and prescription eyewear you buy. If you’re a contact lens wearer, you’re spending roughly $220-$260 on lenses and $150-$200 on contact lens solution each year. That’s around $370-$460 for just one year.

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Explore Interest-Free Financing 

Even with a discount, you may need addition resources to help cover the cost of LASIK. Since LASIK is considered an elective surgery and your insurance policy may not apply, you can look into CareCredit®, a healthcare credit card that allows you to get LASIK now and then settle your balance using a low monthly payment plan. Depending on your application details, you may be eligible for deferred interest or a fixed payment/reduced APR plan.

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The Bottom Line

LASIK financing is available at Illinois Eye Center, and we're pleased to offer the CareCredit® card, North America's leading patient payment program, which breaks the cost of the procedure into monthly payments. You can also use the money you’ve saved in your flexible spending account (FSA) on your LASIK.

Visit our website today for more information on how you can afford to pay for the cost of LASIK and request your free LASIK consultation today. If you aren’t quite ready for a consultation, watch our LASIK webinar.

And remember – LASIK is a worthwhile investment into a lifetime of freedom from contacts and glasses!

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Exceptional Satisfaction

A whopping 8 out of 10 patients get to ditch their glasses or contact lenses after their LASIK procedure. While people with minor nearsightedness often report the most positive outcomes, even patients with a higher degree of vision disturbance can enjoy activities correction free. Overall, LASIK has been shown to be a procedure with exceptional satisfaction by its recipients.

It remains one of the most popular elective surgeries due to its remarkably high satisfaction rate of 95.4%, which is the result of numerous variables:   


One Expert Put the LASIK Complication Rate at Less Than 1%

There are potential risks to LASIK surgery, including blurry vision or ongoing pain, but one noted ophthalmologist says complication rates are so small they’re almost nonexistent. There’s no guarantee you’ll emerge from your procedure with perfect vision, but the risk is as low as it gets.

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Fast Recovery

A procedure with such life-changing benefits seems like it should come with a lengthy recovery, but LASIK doesn’t require that. Instead, you could have your LASIK procedure on a Friday and be back to your typical routine Monday morning (with your doctor’s approval, of course). Thanks to anesthetic eye drops, you won’t feel more than a bit of pressure during the procedure, and side effects are typically minimal as well.

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The Bottom Line

To better understand the benefits of LASIK and learn whether you’re a candidate, call (309) 243-2400 to speak with our team or schedule your consultation today.


Choose a Skilled and Experience Surgeon

LASIK surgery is a delicate, complex operation and it should only be performed by an experienced surgeon. Our team of Illinois Eye Center providers is passionate about providing top-of-the-line eye care. We’re up to date on the newest technology and trends and offer state-of-the-art equipment, including the Blade-Free Wavelight® FS200 and the Wavelight® EX500 Excimer Lasers, so you get the care you want and the results you deserve.

Plan for the Actual Procedure

Another important criteria for LASIK surgery is understanding everything the procedure entails. Before we schedule your surgery date, we’ll go over what to expect and give you some tips to help promote an optimal outcome. Most people experience fantastic results, but there are some things you can do along the way:

  • Attend all your follow-up appointments
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions
  • Rest and recover over the weekend
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Avoid eye makeup, swimming and dusty conditions over an average 2 week healing time.
  • Temporarily avoid contact sports

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The Bottom Line

Choosing the right eye LASIK surgery center is the first, and most important decision you will make during your LASIK journey. No matter what, it is important to make sure you feel comfortable with not only your surgeon, but also the LASIK center overall. Knowing that you are in good hands and that you made the right decision will give you peace of mind throughout your entire LASIK procedure.

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Misconception #1: My vision will improve immediately after receiving LASIK eye surgery.

Although everyone is a little different, the vast majority of our LASIK patients achieve legal driving vision or better, the very next day. That is one of the most exciting advantages of the LASIK procedure: rapid visual recovery. The final result may take anywhere from a week to several weeks, but vision should improve gradually with each day.

Misconception #2: LASIK hasn’t been around long enough to be safe.

LASIK is considered one of the safest and most reliable surgeries today. LASIK has been around for over 25 years and complications are very rare. But even with the best surgeons, best-screened patients, and best equipment, the small risk of certain complications does remain. 

Misconception #3: I’m too old for LASIK eye surgery.

While the “sweet spot” for the ideal LASIK candidate’s age tends to be between the ages of 25 and 40, this is a guideline, not a rule. The only way to find out if you’re the right age and candidate for LASIK eye surgery is to meet with an experienced eye surgeon who will get to know you and the best recommendation for your unique needs.

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The Bottom Line

At Illinois Eye Center, we perform LASIK surgery on Fridays, as this allows most patients to return to work and normal activities after taking it easy for the weekend. While you should notice improved vision when you wake up Saturday morning, you still need to relax and avoid eye-straining activities for the weekend. Therefore, you should not receive LASIK eye surgery and then return to work to finish out your day as usual.

To learn more about LASIK eye surgery, schedule your consultation today and ask us about any misconceptions you have that may be stopping you from proceeding with your LASIK surgery.

What to do after LASIK

What are my restrictions after surgery? 

Although the recovery process is typically short, it is very important to follow your eye doctor’s instructions and guidelines to avoid any long-term damage to your eyes.

To start, your doctor will want to discuss your line of work and activities you like to perform. This will help the doctors determine the appropriate plan for you. The doctor will likely tell you that you may resume MOST physical activities the day after surgery, which for our patients, would be on Saturday. However, you must avoid situations that may place you at risk for ocular trauma.

General Restrictions to Avoid Ocular Trauma include: 

  • No eye rubbing for two months
  • No scuba diving, sky diving or mountain climbing for one month
  • No swimming, hot tubs or steam rooms for 2-3 weeks
  • No golf, tennis or vigorous exercise for 2-3 days
  • No commercial airline travel for 24 hours
  • No reading, television or computer use for eight hours

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The Bottom Line

When considering undergoing the LASIK procedure, you will want to discuss options thoroughly with our refractive coordinator and your surgeon to learn as much as you can about what is involved. As a patient, it is important that you have a clear understanding of the surgery, the procedure's advantages and risks, and what to expect after the procedure is complete.


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