LASIK Specialist

Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. -  - Optometrist

Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates

Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D.

OPTOMETRIST LOCATED IN FRANKFORT, BOURBONNAIS, & ELGIN, IL

LASIK can correct your vision so you can live free from glasses or contact lenses. With IntraLase™ surgery, a technologically advanced evolution of traditional LASIK, you can get vision correction using a laser rather than a blade. The office of Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates can screen you for LASIK candidacy and then help you decide whether it’s right for you. There are three locations, in Frankfort, Elgin, and Bourbonnais, Illinois, so call the one nearest you today.

LASIK Q & A

What is the best kind of LASIK?

Traditional LASIK uses a microkeratome, a small blade, to make an incision in your cornea. This incision makes a small flap that allows your LASIK surgeon to reshape your cornea and correct your vision. 

Although traditional LASIK is effective, there’s now a safe new alternative that offers fewer complications: IntraLase. IntraLase is a bladeless type of LASIK where your surgeon uses laser energy to make the corneal flap and reshape your cornea.

The Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates team recommends IntraLase because it’s gentler than bladed LASIK while still giving you reliably clear vision. 

Am I a good candidate for LASIK vision correction?

The Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates team includes experts in LASIK evaluation who can perform a comprehensive LASIK screening to let you know if it’s right for you. 

You must be 18 or older to have LASIK. You must also have stable vision, meaning no prescription changes, infections, or eye injuries, for 12 months or more to be eligible for LASIK. 

Some eye diseases and conditions can exclude you from LASIK candidacy, including: 

  • Chronic dry eyes 
  • Autoimmune disorders like lupus
  • Corneal edema
  • Corneal lesions
  • Corneal implant
  • Thin corneas
  • Glaucoma
  • Keratoconus, which causes bulging corneas 

If you aren’t eligible for IntraLase LASIK, you might be a good candidate for another kind of vision-correction surgery. The Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates team can make a customized surgical recommendation for you. 

How does IntraLase LASIK work?

Your surgeon uses ultrafast, precisely controlled laser energy pulses to create tiny bubbles just beneath your top corneal layer. The bubbles merge to make the corneal flap that allows your surgeon to access the cornea. 

Using computer guidance, your surgeon creates the ideal corneal flap for your needs and then carefully shapes your cornea to enhance your vision. 

Most patients have very little discomfort after IntraLase LASIK, and you can generally expect a noticeable vision improvement the next morning. Usually, you can go back to most normal activities, including work, almost immediately. 

You’ll have a follow-up visit at Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates in the days immediately after your LASIK surgery to ensure that you’re healing and seeing well. 

Book your LASIK consultation at Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates by calling the office nearest you now.