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Cosmetic And Laser Eye Surgery Specialist

Phillip C Wu, MD -  - General Ophthalmology

Suburban Eyes Clinic

Phillip C Wu, MD

General Ophthalmology located in Evanston, IL & Ravenswood, Chicago, IL

Due to their extreme precision, lasers take many potential complications out of surgery involving your eyes. At Suburban Eye Clinic in the Ravenswood area of Chicago and Evanston, Illinois, Phillip Wu, MD, and his team provide laser eye surgery and cosmetic laser eye surgery to improve your eyesight, your appearance, or both. To find out if you’re a candidate for laser surgery involving your eyes, call Suburban Eye Clinic or book a consultation online today.

Cosmetic and Laser Eye Surgery Q&A

What is laser eye surgery?

Laser eye surgery refers to operations on your eyes that use lasers instead of other more traditional tools to make repairs. At Suburban Eye Clinic, your provider might recommend laser eye surgery to correct:

  • Nearsightedness
  • Farsightedness
  • Presbyopia
  • Astigmatism

These refractive errors make it difficult for you to see clearly at certain distances or at certain points in your field of vision. 

During laser surgery, your provider uses a laser to create a flap in your cornea. They reshape the tissue to correct your specific refractive error according to your prescription. Finally, they put the flap back in place to cover the front of your eye.

The entire procedure takes less than a half-hour, and your eyes heal quickly. Many people choose to undergo laser eye surgery to reduce their need for prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses or to stop wearing them altogether. 

What is cosmetic laser surgery?

Cosmetic laser surgery is also available at Suburban Eye Clinic. If you have loose skin and wrinkles around your eyes, you might not appreciate the way they make you look. Wrinkles around your eyes can make you look older or more tired than you are. In some cases, they can even get in the way of your peripheral vision and make it harder for you to drive safely or perform certain tasks. 

At Suburban Eye Clinic, the team uses an advanced Cynosure® laser to tighten the skin around your eyes. The precise laser makes tiny incisions in the delicate skin and tissues around your eyes, coagulating your tissues simultaneously, so you don’t need stitches. 

The incisions leave minimal scar tissue, and you can recover quickly from your surgery. The results make you look more youthful and can improve your field of vision. 

How should I prepare for cosmetic and laser eye surgery?

Before any laser procedure at Suburban Eye Clinic, you should attend a consultation with your provider to discuss your medical history, your treatment goals, the medications you currently take, and any other relevant factors. They can tell you exactly what to expect during and after your surgery. 

They may also give you instructions to follow as you prepare for your laser eye surgery or cosmetic laser surgery. Your instructions might include:

  • Keeping the area around your eyes clean and makeup-free for surgery
  • Arranging a ride to and from the clinic 
  • Wearing glasses instead of contact lenses the day of your surgery
  • Getting an eye exam before your surgery

Your instructions for preparation might vary depending on your health and the medications you take. Following instructions from your provider ensures you can recover swiftly from your surgery and reduces your chances of complications from the operation. 

To find out more about laser eye surgery, book a consultation by phone or online at Suburban Eye Clinic today.